To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Please support SB164!
Date: Thu Feb 19 23:07:31 MST 2015
Feb 19, 2015 Representative David Lifferth State Capitol, Suite 350 350 North State Street Salt Lake City, UT 84114 Dear Representative Lifferth, I am writing to ask that you support SB164, a unique Utah compromise which will provide affordable health coverage options to thousands of Utahns. Please vote YES on SB164. If we forgo passing this bill, we lose our federal tax dollars AND leave thousands of Utah citizens without health care coverage. Please help cover this gap. These aren't all people that are looking for a hand out and I will be very disappointed if you view them as such. They are parents who are trying to stay healthy so that they can work to support their families, they are children who need to be treated so that they will be healthy and able to focus and learn at school. By not providing health care options for these people, it cost more money and continues the cycle of poverty. The "Frail Utah" plan is just that, a weak way to partially patch up a big problem. I am fortunate enough to have health care coverage through my work, but I have traveled through third world countries where health care is an unobtainable fairytale for most people. The stress of avoiding illness and physical trauma is very obvious. I saw a boy break his arm when he fell off his bike as I passed through a village in Morocco. His father came running and I could see the devastation on his face because there were no doctors anywhere close to their village, obviously the family had no health care coverage and my tour guide explained to me that they would probably just make a makeshift splint for the boy and hopefully it would heal fine, but likely his arm would never be the same. It made me think... kids in the U.S. break their arms all the time. And we live with the luxury that if they do, we'll likely be able to go to the doctor, pay a co-pay and have it fixed -- no life long consequence. And I KNOW that I'm using an example of a completely different country... but it made me think... there are people in the U.S. who we overlook, who live with the same stress and desperation as that boy's father. These citizens can barely pay their bills, they can't afford medical insurance, the non-profit clinic are overflowing and booked for months... what do they do? Is that the kind of life we want for people in Utah? Where you don't have the same opportunity to succeed because if you get sick, you can't afford to go to the doctor, so you miss work trying to get better, and you lose your job or simply miss out on a pay check. Or you're a kid who can't focus in school or you keep missing class because you're too sick, putting you on a trajectory to failing in school? No, we have a chance to resolve this in Utah. Again, I ask -- will you please vote YES on Healthy Utah / SB164. I urge you to vote YES on SB164, and help promote healthy and productive families in Utah! Sincerely, Mrs. Maggie Beasley 455 E 5th Ave Salt Lake City, UT 84103-3017 (530) 570-9495