Most Americans have the same goals in life: to raise their families in safe communities, to provide a good education for their children, to have jobs that will pay for their basic living expenses and to make sure their families are protected with affordable health coverage.
But some of our Utah lawmakers feel that's too much to ask. We are now in our fourth year of withholding health coverage from tens of thousands of Utahns. First in 2012, Gov. Gary Herbert failed to implement Medicaid expansion. The Legislature also failed to pass health care legislation over the next couple of years. In 2015, the Legislature's Health Reform Task Force chose to turn its back on Herbert's Healthy Utah plan, a plan supported by business, religious and community leaders; a plan that would have covered many who live below the poverty line. The 2015 legislative session came and went, and still, we had no Medicaid expansion. All we had was a promise from the so-called "Gang of Six" to find a compromise by July 31, but the dithering continues. GOP leaders tout their progress towards a solution, but we've yet to see anything tangible.