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Gov. Herbert vs. Medicaid



Gov. Gary Herbert has proposed an alternate plan for Utah than the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. He wants to take all the allocated federal money for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and insure all of the same poor, but buy them private health insurance instead. Those people will be required to pay $420 per year for that insurance.

Of course, those same poor people already don’t have enough income to pay for even their basic necessities, by definition. He also knows that this request for a block grant to Utah is just so he and his fellow corrupt Utah Republicans can hand it out to their insurance-company benefactors and donors in the role of completely unneeded for-profit middlemen, thereby reducing the amount available for actual medical services to the poor.

Herbert’s very public fight with Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, who says she opposes taking any federal money to expand insurance coverage to the poor, is just a good cop, bad cop routine, since both are agents of the Mormon church, in partnership with its accomplices like those in the health-insurance industry.

Stuart McDonald
Salt Lake City