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Letter: Let Proposition 3 proceed as planned

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Letter to the editor

Letter to the editor

Deseret News

Last October when almost 60 percent of Utahns supported Medicaid expansion, I wrote about a senator and others, including well-funded outside interest groups, who wanted to overrule the people’s will if Proposition 3 passed.

This year, a Deseret News editorial discusses “precarious democracy,” and Jay Evensen warns, “Lawmakers: Don’t mess with voter-approved initiatives.” While the governor and lieutenant governor plan for April 1 Medicaid expansion, Rep. Brad Daw wants to delay ballot implementation and Sen. Allen Christensen wants to limit Proposition 3’s full Medicaid expansion for a third of Utahns. This requires a federal waiver, which has failed in the past. His “Bridge Plan” increases state contributions from 10 to 30 percent, which might mean coverage funding for only six months.

Reasons given for this plan include fear about future program limitations for certain individuals, although they should qualify for subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Having health care now is critical for many individuals with health needs. With state legislators having failed for years to provide health care to those who really need it, I support a “Bridge of Hope” and not paralysis.

I vote with Rep. Ray Ward who says let the voter approved initiative proceed without meddling.

David Heslington

Salt Lake City