September 25, 2017

New Poll Shows Healthy Utah Has Less Than Fifty Percent Support Among Informed Voters

Informed voters don’t support Healthy Utah, according to a new poll. The poll results will provide ammo to opponents of the Medicaid expansion, further complicating Governor Gary Herbert‘s efforts to find a compromise with conservative legislators to cover uninsured Utahns. The poll, released today and embedded below, shows less than fifty percent of informed voters support Healthy Utah when given […]

Utah Medicaid Expansion Polls: The False Dichotomy Problem

If there’s one thing that the pollsters who have raised their collective fingers to the wind of Utah public opinion in recent months can agree upon, it’s that Utah voters don’t know much about Medicaid expansion.  That’s a problem, not only for making public policy, but for trusting the polls to determine what the public […]

Do Utahns want the state to support Medicaid expansion?

Do Utahns want the state to support Medicaid expansion? Medicaid expansion is a big deal, even if it’s not half as riveting as same-sex marriage or the FIFA World Cup.  It speaks to the question of how we as a state care for our poor when they get sick.  A poll published by Brigham Young University’s Center […]

Senator Hatch’s anti-tax hike sequester proposal [updated]

[Update] Since original publication, Senator Hatch’s Press Secretary was kind enough to both read and comment that the Senator’s proposal is only intended to be a short term fix and that the Senator has proposed more long term solutions to Medicare and Medicaid. The proposal dates back to the end of January and can be found […]

Our problem isn’t the taxes, but the spending

Is it time for Republicans trying to avert the fiscal cliff to give up on protecting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy in exchange for entitlement reform?

Maybe a better question would be: do Republicans still have a choice?

In many respects, the debate over taxes–raise them on the rich! Lower on the poor! Middle class! Get rid of deductions! Close loopholes! Reform the tax code!–is important, but really misses the point of what is behind the fiscal problems our country is facing. At the root of it all, the problem isn’t the tax code–though I’m all for reforming it, simplifying it, and making it more flat–the problem is that we are spending more than we are paying in taxes. And I mean, ALL of us.

The “individual mandate” is a “tax.” Voters are not noticeably relieved.

The government devoted 21 lines of its brief to argue that § 5000A was a tax, and it’s longest statement on the issue at oral arguments was 50 words.

Our Healthcare System: Could Reforming Medicaid Free Up Money For Education?

Just because conservatives, myself included, believe (quite rightly) that the individual mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is completely outside of the scope of what Congress is constitutionally permitted to regulate, it doesn’t mean that we also believe that nothing should be done to improve our health care system.

Indeed, what was once the best healthcare in the world has become expensive, byzantine, and difficult to understand. We could argue about the reasons–repeated government interventions in the healthcare market going back several decades, the rising cost of living, an exploding Baby Boomer generation, longer life spans, and so on–but the reality is: it’s more expensive, and it’s hurting all of us, especially those on the lower end of the economic spectrum.

We’ve all had the experience of dealing with the logothetes of one insurance company or another, of hospitals, or Medicaid and Medicare administration. It’s almost never easy to find an answer, and it’s a daunting and intimidating process. [cont…]