I am as disgusted with the Republican Party in Utah as it is possible to be. The tea party faction, in typical self-destructive mode, wants to turn down the $535 million the feds are offering for medical help for the working poor. They want to tax us another $30 million to help far fewer people ("Will Utah’s lawmakers take action on Medicaid this session?" Tribune, March 5).
Turning down this money would not cut 1 cent from the deficit, but no matter. Gov. Gary Herbert, representing the business wing, says now hold on there. There is money to be made off the poor. Let’s take this as a block grant, give a bunch of it to our campaign contributors, and whatever is left over can be spent on medical services.
Taking all of the money and spending it all on medical services for the working poor is not even considered.
Salt Lake City
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