State of the Debate

Extension of remarks: Expanding Medicaid

First Published      Last Updated Mar 31 2014 12:55 pm

On Medicaid, Herbert has Obama over a barrel — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

"The bargaining position that Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is in as he dickers with federal officials over his "Healthy Utah Plan" is reminiscent of the famous 1973 National Lampoon magazine cover. The photo of a pistol pointed at a dog and the caption, 'If You Don't Buy This Magazine, We'll Kill This Dog.'

"Herbert knows that if President Obama does not give him the waivers he wants from federal Medicaid requirements, he retains the option to just walk away. That would do great harm to thousands of Utahns who have no political clout, and make the governor a hero among those who have lots. ..."

Feds seem softer on Medicaid — Robert Gehrke | The Salt Lake Tribune

"Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he's confident Utah will be given wide latitude to provide health care to the state's poorest residents, and hopes to have an agreement with the Obama administration on a program by this summer. ..."

Is Medicaid expansion inevitable in Utah? — Kirsten Stewart | The Salt Lake Tribune

"In pushing his 'Healthy Utah' private-insurance alternative to expanding Medicaid, Gov. Gary Herbert must overcome Republican angst over 'Obamacare' and ideological distaste for entitlement programs.

"Political insiders put better odds on his brokering a funding deal with the feds than winning over members of his own party in Utah's Republican-led Legislature. ..."

Herbert in the middle — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

"We commend Utah Gov. Gary Herbert for his efforts to craft a compromise on Medicaid funding with the federal government. The governor has sent representatives to Washington D.C. to talk about Utah's receiving a federal block grant to get roughly 110,000 low-income Utahns access to health care. Next month, Herbert will join the Utah team in Washington D.C.

"This action places the governor in the sensible middle of the Medicaid debate. ..."

Another punt on Medicaid expansion shows poor leadership — Casper Star-Tribune Editorial

" ... By blocking Medicaid expansion once more, Scott and company have supplied ammunition to the Wyoming Democratic Party, stuck hospitals with charity care, forced insured Wyomingites to continue paying higher bills due to cost-shifting and kept the state from saving nearly $50 million. ..."

Health care industry bleeding jobs as Legislature sleeps — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

"One. Thousand. Jobs.

"That is what Missouri's health care industry has already lost because the Republicans who control the Missouri Legislature have refused to expand Medicaid to the state's growing class of working poor. ..."

The Missouri Senate and the inconvenient poor — Barbara Shelly | The Kansas City Star

"Republicans in the Missouri Senate came back from spring break with a harsh message for anyone holding out hope for Medicaid expansion: Nothing to see here. Move on. ..."

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