Monday, March 09, 2015

Standard-Examiner: Our View: Alternative Health Care Plan Is No Plan

Yes. These part-time legislative Republicans have their own plush, taxpayer funded health insurance. Why should they give a damn about the health care needs of the rest of us, we ask? 

Humdinger of an editorial from the Standard-Examiner this morning, concerning the 2015 Utah Legislature's ongoing Medicaid expansion fiasco. Here's the lede, folks:
It wouldn’t be the Utah Legislature if we didn’t head into the final week of the legislative session without a big ol’ mess on our hands.
That is exactly what we have with the governor’s “Healthy Utah” plan versus the alternative “Utah Cares” plan.
Last week House lawmakers rejected Gov. Gary Herbert’s Medicaid expansion plan in order for GOP lawmakers to push their own proposal to help the state’s poor get health insurance. Friday the House voted 56 to 18 to send the alternative plan to the Senate for consideration. Earlier in the week the business and labor committee voted s 4-9 against the governor’s plan and 9-4 in favor of the alternative plan. We were disappointed Ogden Rep. Dixon Pitcher, who serves on the panel, was absent from that vote. We learned later, though, he was out of town attending his daughter’ wedding, so we’ll give him a pass. We were pleased that Huntsville Rep. Gage Froerer voted in favor of the Healthy Utah plan. Both representatives have told us and constituents they favored the governor’s plan.
The alternative plan actually covers fewer needy people and costs more over a two-year period than the governor’s Healthy Utah plan. The fact the House is even considering such an option makes no sense.
Read the full editorial, peeps:
Added bonus from yesterday's Salt Lake Tribune. Compare the features of the State Legislature's own "Cadillac" health care coverage, to the bare bones coverage to the stripped down "Utah Cares,"  which Republican Utah House legislators favor for the most economically disadvantaged Utah Lumpenfolke:
Here's the "money quote":
The health care coverage that many low-income Utahns would get under the plan advanced by the House on Friday may be the insurance equivalent of a Yugo, sponsor Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan acknowledged. "But it still drives," the Taylorsville Republican said (with a completely sraight face), arguing for his HB446, Utah Cares, before a House committee.
Yes. Our part-time legislative Republicans have their own plush, taxpayer funded health insurance. Why should they give a damn about the health care needs of the rest of us, we ask?


BlueSky said...

I'm sure my Representative, Mr. Pitcher, had no idea ahead of time when the regular legislative session would be held. (sarcasm drips here) Therefore, he was at the mercy of his daughter's wedding schedule. I sympathize with the difficulty in reserving temple time, etc., but this is his job. A responsible legislator would have made sure they were available for a vote, especially one happening on a weekday.

blackrulon said...

My feeling is that Mr. Pitcher is trying to have it both ways. Claiming he supports Healthy Utah but making certain that he has no recorded votes in support of Healthy Utah..

rudizink said...

Lets see, Blue Sky. House Representaive Pitcher skipped outta House votes on "Healhy Utah," over the course of not one, but two votes. Who knows? Maybe this patrhetic and cowardly jackaass was footting the bill for a "Greek Wedding," Who knows?

rudizink said...

Bingo, Dude!

Bob Becker said...

Oh ye of little faith. I'm sure that after the wedding, he went cruising the state's byways, looking for roadkill to see if his signature Easier To Legally Eat Roadkill Bill needs strengthening.

Bob Becker said...

The Utah GOP's new motto: " Govt healthercare for me, but not for thee!"

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