To: Brian Shiozawa,
Subject: Re: Medicaid Expansion
Date: Wed Oct 07 23:18:32 MDT 2015
Dear Senator Shiozawa, Thank you responding to my letter regarding Medicaid Expansion. I regret the harsh tone of the letter. I had just listened to a news report on the status of the committee assigned to this issue. We have heard news of this kind for two years without any substantial advances and it is something we all want resolved. I wrote directly to you, as you are my District Senator, however, my letter was directed toward the entire state legislature, especially Republican members, including my District House Representative, Steve Eliason. I should have stated my intent in the original letter. This is why I copied it to everyone on the hill, as I will this reply. Please accept my sincere apology. I do stand by my words in the letter. I believe that I speak for hundreds of thousands of people in Utah who would like to see Medicaid Expansion voted in as law in this state. I appreciate all of your personal efforts to advance this important issue for the past two years, Senator Shiozawa. I understand the difficulty of trying to reason with people who do not have the best interests of this state at heart. I look forward to a day when Utah citizens vote in a group of elected officials with more moderate and sensible ways of governing. Respectfully, Nancy Valdez Senate District 8 House District 45 Sent from my iPhone > On Oct 6, 2015, at 6:44 PM, wrote: > > Senator Shiozawa, > > How is meeting in secret, without any Democrat elected officials invited or involved, anything but a slap in the face to the people you represent in Utah? I am appalled by this frequent, blatant show of partisan politics. Every time Utah Republican Congress members do this, it is clearly an abuse of power. Yet your party is never held accountable. > > We, the people who live in this state, deserve fair and equal representation and participation in our state's political process. The Utah legislature has continued to follow in lock step with the U.S. Congress during the leadership of President Obama. > > No one, not a single one of us, believes the disingenuous "reasons" your group gives for continuing to delay providing health care to our poorest citizens. How many people in this state need to get sick or die before all of you decide to do the right thing and pass the Medicaid Expansion bill in its first writing from the federal government? > > Do all of you keep delaying in order to save face? Too late! Your partisan group of self-selected political officials have come up with so many different, less workable and more costly plans that will never be approved by the White House. You would be a laughing stock if the stakes weren't so high; the health, wellness and the very lives of the people of Utah. > > I am so angry, along with so many others, that our Republican elected officials do not give credence or merit to the hundreds of thousands of voices asking, begging you to accept Medicaid Expansion for the State of Utah. We, the constituents and voters in this state will do our very best to vote you all out of office in the next election if you do not accept Medicaid Expansion for Utah. > > The Utah Republican Party's lack of fair and constructive leadership is what is wrong with this state. We are so tired of the political rhetoric and ask you, once again, to do the right thing for all of the people in this state who you pledged, under oath, to serve. > > Respectfully, > > Nancy J. Valdez > Senate District 2 > House District 45 > > > > Sent from my iPhone