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The design of the ACA (aka Obamacare) included a provision that assisted citizens with very low incomes who do not qualify for ACA, a safety net called Medicaid expansion.
I don't think anyone thought state right-wing legislators would leverage their hate for the president to such a degree they would harm their own citizens. Not expanding Medicaid will do just that.
Maybe it was a failure in the original ACA design to not take into account how reckless Utah can be.
Edward R. Blake
Salt Lake City