"I assure you, I am not going to be rushed in this," Gov. Gary Herbert said at his monthly news conference (Gov: Utah won't decide on Medicaid expansion until 2014," Tribune, Aug. 22). The governor is concerned about the "actual true cost" of Medicaid expansion.
Perhaps he hasn't read the Medicaid Expansion Assessment by the Public Consulting Group in Boston, which concluded the expansion would save $131 million during the next 10 years.
What is the price of delaying a decision until 2014? If the expansion isn't accepted this fall, in 2014 the state will lose federal funds for the expansion, funds that come from taxes we Utahns pay to the federal government.
Those who are uninsured because they can't afford it and don't qualify for Medicaid will not receive preventive health care, but will go to the emergency room when their medical condition becomes serious. Some will become disabled and some will die. The governor and Legislature opt for the status quo single men and women who are not disabled and have no dependent children do not qualify for Medicaid proof that so-called "death panels" are alive and well in Utah.
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