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Charity care offered as alternative to Medicaid expansion

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  • Maudine SLC, UT
    May 22, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    Medicaid and Medicare were started as a result of the inability of charity care to meet the needs of a growing population and to protect against times of economic downturn.

    History is your friend, people.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    May 22, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    To "Maudine" you are wrong. Your revisionist history has given you false information.

    Medicare was created because about 1/2 of senior citizens had health insurance during the 1960's.

    Medicaid was created as a social welfare program, not because it was needed but because the government had started its "war on poverty".

    Neither was created to actually care for the poor because they don't. They are insurance programs designed to compete directly with charity hospitals.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    May 22, 2013 3:16 p.m.

    by your account half of senior citizens had no health insurance but everything was fine and there was no need for Medicare? what am I missing here redshirt?

  • Cameron Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 22, 2013 4:19 p.m.

    Medicaid expansion would cost Utah $263 million in the first ten years alone. It would be an expansion to a program that has already doubled in cost over the last ten years, and is scheduled to double again even without expansion. Those pushing for expansion should be upfront about what the costs will be.

    This is especially so in light of the fact that Medicaid increases the use of services but doesn't actually increase health.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    May 22, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    @Cameron
    those are a some serious claims, what are you basing the claim it doesn't increase health on?