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Letter: Refusing Medicaid money from feds would be costly to Utah

Published February 22, 2014 1:01 am
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In the mid-'60s, a representative from the Bureau of Reclamation attended a meeting in Kaysville to explain and perhaps sell electric power from the Colorado River Storage Project to the city.

The meeting was dominated by folks who viewed federally generated power as a step toward socialism and thought it wrong to compete with Utah Power & Light, and the city did not purchase this power.

This decision has cost the city a great deal of money and will continue to do so for many years to come. Later, reason prevailed and the city did purchase a small amount of this power.

Other cities — Provo, Bountiful, Murray, et al. — did purchase federal power and, at last check, have not become socialistic. At the same time UP&L was itself purchasing federally generated power from Deer Creek.

Now, Medicaid is at play in Utah. Will the same foolish thinking be allowed to prevail or do we have the intelligence to act wisely? I certainly hope so.

Richard D. Lucy





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