Affordable Health Care
“The first wealth is health.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
The costs of health care continue to skyrocket. As a result, low-income Utahns and even Utahns of modest means have been unable to afford health care essential for their well-being. Although the Affordable Care Act made great strides in attempting to bridge some of the structural problems behind health care, tens of thousands of our neighbors are still without health insurance because of the failure of our lawmakers to act on this moral issue.
The Alliance for a Better Utah has been one of the major advocates for the full expansion of Medicaid in Utah. In October 2015, we nailed hundreds of crosses into the lawn of the Capitol, drawing attention to the often overlooked fact that hundreds of people have died as a result of lawmakers’ failure to act on this important issue. During the 2016 Legislative Session, we were the lone group to stand up with Democrats in opposition to the fiscally irresponsible Medicaid extension plan that will cover only 10,000 of the over 100,000 individuals that would benefit under a full Medicaid expansion plan.
With a new presidential administration, we face the possibility of “repeal and replace” of the Affordable Care Act. We will continue to stand with our allies in the health care community until all Utahns, especially the poor and needy among us, have access to affordable healthcare.