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Letter: Herbert should stick to promise to expand health care
First Published Feb 21 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Feb 21 2014 01:01 am

Hopefully, Gov. Gary Herbert will stick to his goal to help provide adequate health care coverage for those below the poverty line and to his statement "doing nothing is not an option."

If he sincerely means what he says, the governor will distance himself from the latest health care proposal unveiled by the House Republican leadership ("House: Say no to Medicaid cash," Tribune, Feb. 19).

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Rejecting $800 million in federal Medicaid expansion aid prepaid by federal taxpayers (including Utahns), while adding the burden of an extra $30 million-$35 million solely on the backs of Utah taxpayers, doesn’t come close to meeting the governor’s criteria.

It doesn’t take a mathematician to realize that $30 million-$35 million wouldn’t provide anything like the same coverage as $800 million. That means that "doing nothing" would be exactly what would happen to countless low-income individuals and families who don’t meet the stringent guidelines that will undoubtedly preclude them from the health care they might have otherwise have received had legislators taken full advantage of the Affordable Care Act.

Raymond A. Hult


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