Sen. Steve Urquhart says Utah has some tough decisions to make about how to fund Medicaid, which currently "commands 20% of Utah's budget. That is money that will not go to public education, higher education, etc. The growth in Medicaid is out of control. It threatens everything else Utah does."
So, the Legislature has to get a better handle on Medicaid spending. That, of course, means hard choices. And, I mean really hard choices. By funding one thing, and not another thing, some people will suffer. In some circumstances, people will even die. If you want your heart to absolutely break, sit through meetings of the Health & Human Services Sub-Appropriations Committee and listen to people's stories. If we don't better fund mental health, if we don't fund AZT, if we don't fund the waiting list, people will suffer and people will die.