<strong>LOGAN—</strong> Should the state of Utah participate in the federal government’s expanded Medicaid program? At least one local lawmaker says, “No.” District 3 State Representative Jack Draxler said he’s opposed to any expansion of Medicaid.
“I don’t think we should go to 138 percent of the poverty level with Medicaid, it will break our state,” Draxler said. “People say, ‘Well, the Federal government will cover it.’ I’m saying the Federal government doesn’t have it either. They’re going deeper and deeper in debt, and the Federal government is nothing more than you and me.”
Draxler said there are certain segments of society who feel it should be expanded and he said he can understand it for those on the margin living just above the poverty level. However, Draxler said we can’t have a safety net for everyone in our society and the budget just can’t stand an expansion of Medicaid.
He believes it will be a big issue when the Utah Legislature convenes next month.