Jonathan Johnson on Health Care
ObamaCare & Medicaid expansion: ever-increasing government
As the so-called Gang of Six considers Medicaid expansion in Utah under ObamaCare, let's step back to look at the negative long-term ramifications of the ever-increasing expansion of the federal government in Utah. When President Obama strong-armed the
Affordable Care Act through Congress, Utahns were overwhelmingly outraged by the gross overreach of the federal government. The tax increases, the mandates and the government intrusion into our lives were not the Utah way. And now proponents of Medicaid
expansion in Utah are proposing more of the same.
Medicaid expansion is projected to cost Utah at least $78 million annually--and that is on top of the roughly $600 million of annual ObamaCare-rooted taxpayer dollars from the federal government.
To fund this new expense the Gang of Six has looked at several options, with ideas ranging from bringing back the sales tax on food to forcing insurers, hospitals, doctors, medical device manufacturers and drug providers to cover the open-ended costs.
Source: Deseret News OpEd by 2016 Utah gubernatorial candidate
, Sep 17, 2015
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