Draxler opposed to extending federal Medicaid program

<strong>LOGAN—</strong> State Representative Jack Draxler of North Logan said he does not believe the governor will decide what to do about Medicaid until at least September.

On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2013_04_08_328_9863_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday</a>, Draxler said he, for one, is decidedly against extending the federal Medicaid program. He said, in his opinion, that would place the state of Utah’s budget in jeopardy.

“We think that places the state in real jeopardy, budget-wise, down the road. We’re told, ‘Well, the federal government will pick up that tab for three years.’ But the problem is whose money is the federal government getting? It’s ours,” Draxler said. “I think it puts the federal government in jeopardy, frankly, to try to do that kind of coverage. I can see 100 percent of the poverty level, or even 110 percent, but not 137 percent.”

The Republican from District 3 said, in his opinion, that would break either the people or the federal government and he’s opposed to extending it.

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