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I have been a typical Utah citizen since 1975 and a lifelong Mormon.
In 2008, I was told that I had end-stage kidney failure and needed a kidney transplant. I received this lifesaving surgery because of:
1. The grace of a loving Heavenly Father.
2. A friend who selflessly gave a kidney.
3. A wonderful community that volunteered money and other support.
4. A great nation and state with the wisdom and compassion to use programs such as Medicaid to help those in need.
As a part-time employee and college student and full-time care provider to a wonderful niece and nephew, I had no health insurance. The overwhelming generosity of friends and strangers paid only a tenth of my medical expenses.
I would not be here without Medicaid. Most people who need Medicaid are like me: hard-working, decent people who don't think they are "entitled" to anything; they just want a chance to receive the medical care they need to stay alive.
Supporting Medicaid expansion is fully in keeping with the values of Utahns. Whether to accept federally funded Medicaid expansion is one of the most important decisions Gov. Gary Herbert will make. Please, have the courage to do what is right.