Utah’s Redistribution of Wealth is Unhealthy

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I received an email from a Utah conservative who wrote that he had been “in and around the legislature for a few years now” and that he’s a “strong conservative” who now works for “a very reputable online political marketing company in SLC” that works with “many high profile Republican campaigns across the country.”

He then criticized me for my position opposing Healthy Utah, Governor Gary Herbert’s plan for Medicaid Expansion.  I offered these three articles as talking points, and he objected saying that these had been written between October and December 2014, but the bill was released February 5, 2015.

Healthy Utah Obamacare Expansion – Worse Than Expected

Governor Herbert’s ObamaCare Expansion Won’t Work

Will Governor Herbert Engage in ObamaCare Debate Or Stick With Name Calling?

He wants me to post the bill itself, so here it is.  I asked for his specific criticisms and got no reply.

Kudos to Utah’s True Republicans

I’d like to express my deep appreciation to stalwarts in the Utah Senate who understand the rule of law and the Constitution’s limited powers and who see through the facade of this waiver and who voted against its passage on the Senate floor.

They are:  Allen Christensen, Margaret Dayton, Deidre Henderson,  Al Jackson, Mark Madsen, Howard Stephenson, Steve Urquhart, and Evan Vickers.  

The bill is now in the House Rules Committee.  Please contact those members and ask them to HOLD it in rules.  Also contact your House reps and let them know you OPPOSE this legislation.

As wonderful as it may seem now, when has government ever established a “pilot” program that did not become a permanent one?  When so many become entitled and recipients of a welfare program, what then happens politically to elected officials that attempt to sunset or phase out such welfare programs?

History shows that pilot programs are not easily repealed, defunded, phased out or sunsetted because that becomes a political hot potato. Thus the United States, and in this case Utah, participates in the perpetuation of redistribution schemes that join the rest of the unsustainable programs public officials and bureaucrats are compelled to promote for re-election.

We have become a nation – and Utah is among the states in that nation – that elects the candidate that offers the most free stuff.  This is exactly what the Soviet Union became.

A Model Solution

In my testimony at the hearing I offered an alternative, private sector solution:  Drs John and Alieta Eck of the Zaraphath Health Care Center in Somerset, New Jersey.  Their program runs an annual budget of around $50,000 and costs around $13 a visit.  Meds are free.  Volunteer doctors make it happen.  They have even come together to negotiate urgent surgeries to aid the indigent.

Their congregation contributes to the clinic and the members use a “health care sharing ministries” model of covering medical costs.  It’s not insurance.  It’s better.  It’s Obamacare exempt, and it’s much less expensive.  You won’t be paying for abortions or any other procedures that will violate your religious beliefs.

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We urge everyone to go to this website and to get on board with us at www.MedicalCostShare.com/OptOutNow

Do it NOW.  Help yourself with less expense that preserves your religious beliefs, help American Leadership Fund, and help defeat Obamacare and keep Utah and the other states from promoting and helping the ACA to succeed.

Remember, there are three legs to the Obamacare stool in order for it to succeed:

1. The state exchange (DONE – in Utah)
2. Government-run HMO’s, called “ACO’s” – Accountable Care Organizations (DONE – in Utah)
3. Medicaid Expansion

The message to every state legislator is simple:  Do Not Participate in Medicaid Expansion, even if it sounds good.  The bottom line is that Republican governors WANT the federal funds they will get now, even if it goes away in the future and becomes an unfunded mandate.

Republicans that support redistribution of wealth (which is how Medicaid works) are violating basic principles of their own party’s platform and should be censured and in states where conventions endorse, those candidates should be held accountable and not receive the party’s endorsement.

If you agree, we need your help – volunteer help and financial support.  Text “ALF” to 313131 now.  $10, $25, $50, $100  or more is greatly appreciated.

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