Re "Utah lawmakers back charity care instead of Medicaid expansion" (Tribune, March 12):
"As a dedicated member of the predominant faith, I donate four hours a week to Boy Scouts. … So what if I was assigned by my faith as a doctor to contribute four hours a week to charity care? What if the 3,000 doctors in the state were willing to do that?" said Rep. Michael Kennedy, R-Alpine, who is also a family practitioner and who voted to bar the governor from accepting federally funded expansion of Medicare to cover more of Utah's poor.
Even if there are charitable doctors who are willing to donate their time, who pays for office staff? Supplies? Who pays for drugs, laboratory tests, X-rays, MRIs, hospitalizations and surgeries?