From: Shirley Hopkins
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Please support Healthy Utah
Date: Tue Feb 17 23:17:41 MST 2015
Feb 17, 2015 Representative David Lifferth State Capitol, Suite 350 350 North State Street Salt Lake City, UT 84114 Dear Representative Lifferth, For the thousands of Utahns who can't access any affordable health care, I ask you to move forward with the Healthy Utah plan. Healthy Utah completely closes the coverage gap and also brings millions of dollars back to Utah. At the same time, the plan promotes individual responsibility and supports private markets. If Utah does not address the coverage gap, thousands will continue to delay important health care decisions. Failure to receive needed health care can lead to enormous costs for both the patient and health care providers. These costs are then passed on to all Utahns in the form of increased premiums and higher taxes. Although neither the "Frail Utah" or "Healthy Utah" plan covers all of my concerns, Healthy Utah is a step in the right direction. I am tired of political "hand-outs" to gain votes at the expense of those who contribute. Again, the middle-class (those slightly above poverty guidelines) pay the bill while those who don't contribute bring our country to the brink of bankruptcy. How long does government think it can steal from Peter to pay Paul? All social "dole" programs do is take incentive away from those who think it is "smart" to be on the "public dole" as they actually enjoy a better standard of living than those who they have enslaved economically through taxation. To steal from your neighbor, whether it is through taxation or otherwise, is still stealing. THOU SHALT NOT STEAL. To steal from those who take care of their health for the benefit of those who made bad choices is still stealing. Imagine what would happen in your family if you constantly punished children who did their best and rewarded those who don't. The same dynamics apply in society as a whole. I urge you to support Healthy Utah during this legislative session. Sincerely, Ms. Shirley Hopkins 1025 North 300 West Springville, UT 84663-4004 (801) 491-0284