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Letter: 1,000 Medicaid film viewers, 0 legislators

Published June 11, 2014 7:33 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Recently the Tribune ran a story about the premiere screening of my documentary film, "Entitled To Life," which details the need for Medicaid expansion in Utah. I am very grateful that media coverage such as this story has contributed greatly to getting the film seen and this important story told.

Within the first week of the film's release, over 1,000 people have seen the film online or in its theatrical premiere. Nearly 4,000 have shared the link on Facebook and Twitter.

And zero Utah legislators have responded to emails asking them to view the film and consider the needs of those who are desperate for Medicaid expansion. Sadly, our legislature seems determined to shut out the poor people of Utah who want to speak up and share their stories. For many, the decision of whether or not to accept Gov. Herbert's Healthy Utah plan will determine whether they live or die, and they deserve to have their voices heard.

Paul Gibbs

Taylorsville