Letter to the Editor: Utah’s thrown away 1 billion in free money for expanded health care access

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OPINION — If you were offered $9 in exchange for $1, would you take the deal? The vast majority of us would say yes. That is the offer on the table in Proposition 3 — and better yet, the investment in Proposition 3 pays dividends, too.

Proposition 3, the initiative to expand Medicaid, is a prudent, long-term investment in Utah. It represents an investment in our state’s greatest asset: our people, our workforce.

For too long, thousands of our friends, family and neighbors have gone without health coverage. Too many Utahns have avoided or delayed seeking care. Too many Utahns have filed bankruptcy due to medical bills.

When a large part of our workforce is grappling with unresolved health care problems or crippling debt, they are not working at their full potential. So, our entire economy suffers. Proposition 3 not only brings $800 million annually in our taxpayer dollars back to the state, it promotes a healthier workforce, which means a more sustainable workforce.

Thirty-two states that have already expanded Medicaid are ahead of Utah. They have lower uninsured rates, and as a direct result, they have a healthier workforce. Much like we need to invest in infrastructure and education, we need to invest in the health care of Utahns. Utah’s economy and our economic competitiveness depends on it.

Since Jan. 1, 2014, Utah has rejected returning around $1.4 billion back to the state of Utah. We can’t afford to ship another dime off to Washington, D.C., and get nothing in return. Vote ‘yes’ on Proposition 3.

Submitted by MATT SLONAKER, Utah Health Policy Project executive director.

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  • Blemonds November 3, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    If someone offered you $9.00 in exchange for $1.00, you should take. But has that ever happened to you. It never happened to me. Do I anticipate it will ever happen to me? No, of course not. You know what they say about something if it sounds too good to be true. Proposition 3 presents as another leftist, Marxist type program to get more money from people who earned it to give away to people who didn’t earn it. Oh wait. Proposition 3 does exactly that by raising our sales tax again. If we’re going to get $9.00 in exchange for $1.00 and get $800,000,000 for nothing, why will our sales tax increase. Yes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

    • Blemonds November 3, 2018 at 10:17 pm

      Don’t forget. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your insurance plan, you can keep your insurance plan. And oh yes, your insurance premiums will go down by $2500 per year. Prop 3 comes from the same mindset as Obamacare

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