From: Karl Brown
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Medicaid expansion
Date: Tue Oct 13 19:59:09 MDT 2015
Body:
Hello, 
I know you are voting today on the Medicaid expansion bill. 
My mother  died alone in her home June 2013 of a massive hemorrhagic stroke. She was 64 years young. She didn't qualify for Medicaid or Medicare and didn't have income to buy private insurance. She got her blood pressure, etc checked yearly through a community program but needed quality primary care. My six siblings and I were helping her with living expenses. 
I hope and pray that the Utah leadership can find a solution to this dilemma. I think just as Utah has provided services to the homeless by providing shelter and services and is a model to other states I think Utah can meet this challenge.
My husband is a physician, so is my uncle, brother in law and brother. They all helped my mother when she got sick but my mother needed an independent outsider to care for her as well. 
I fear the bill won't pass because of taxes to doctors and hospitals. The higher income physician and hospital groups will stop it from passing. The people who need services don't know or are empowered to voice their input. The rich and powerful will triumph. I'm not saying we should tax doctors and hospitals. But there is a solution out there to help out the neediest among us! We live in a Christian conservative state, we must do better. I'm sure by expanding coverage it will ultimately save money by avoiding costly hospital and emergency visits. What about taxing food? 
I'm praying for this issue.
Thanks for your leadership,
Karina Brown
435-881-2798

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