The plea by Rep. Jake Anderegg, R-Lehi, to pass a bill forbidding Gov. Gary Herbert from accepting federal money to expand Medicaid confuses me.
First, he wants "charity care" to be a "viable option." Utah hospitals give out more than $600 million a year in charity care. That's money Utahns make up for in higher premiums. Medicaid expansion will bring the state more than $600 million. Looks like a perfect match. This would lower our insurance premiums and state government medical expenses by $600 million.
Second, Anderegg states that the Legislature has to put its foot down and stop the federal government from spending money it doesn't have. I admire his willingness to throw the poor and sick citizens of Utah under the bus to keep down the federal deficit.