Gov. Gary Herbert and our state legislators should heed what Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky had to say about the Medicaid expansion provision of the Affordable Health Care Act, ("Beshear says Kentucky will join Obamacare plan to expand Medicaid," Lexington Herald-Leader, May 9, 2013):
"This is a moral issue. .... These folks out here without insurance aren’t a group of aliens from another planet. They are our friends and neighbors. They are people we shop and go to church with. They are farmers out on the tractors. They are our grocery clerks. They are our former classmates. They are people who go to work every morning praying they don’t get sick. No one deserves to live that way."
Let us pray that Utah’s will stop their dithering and act. Do the right, moral, thing — full expansion of Medicaid or a comparable alternative solution — before one of our friends or neighbors dies. Needlessly.
Salt Lake City
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