January 21, 2018

Hobby Lobby and its Aftermath: What Will RFRA Do Next?

Now that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has decided Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, people are wondering a few things: What is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)? ŸWhy do we have RFRA? What does RFRA cover? What are the limits of free exercise of religion under RFRA? These are all great questions […]

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 […]

Food for Thought: Demanding the ObamaCare Alternatives

An oft-repeated liberal response to complaints about the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare in common parlance) is that Republicans, and their conservative and libertarian allies, have no alternative plan for “fixing” the current healthcare mess. Costs are prohibitive, access is limited, and when a personal health disaster strikes, too few are prepared or have the […]

Religious Freedom Prevails Over Obamacare in the D.C. Circuit Court [Contributor]

In Gilardi v. Department of Health and Human Services, handed down  on November 1, 2013, the D.C. Circuit of Appeals examined whether the contraceptive mandate imposed by the Affordable Care Act violates the right of free exercise protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In its ruling, the D.C. Circuit invalidates the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate […]

Senator Lee Proposes Interesting Ideas, But He Needs to Find Common Ground

Senator Mike Lee‘s proposed legislation aimed at redefining the conservative movement is full of good ideas. However, as long as the legislation requires repeal of Obamacare–and until Congress is held by veto-proof majorities of Republicans–the bills could be dead on arrival. Lee needs a path that both finds common ground with opponents and moves his […]

Have you been able to sign up for Obamacare?

Have you been able to sign up for healthcare through the federal government’s site? Reports are widespread that few people have, and those who are trying are finding the site has serious technical problems. If you have, or have not, been able to get your healthcare through the federal website, I’d like to hear your […]

Just Another Government Shutdown Rant

Everyone else is sounding off on the government shutdown today, so I might as well chime in before real information becomes available and all the bloviating and pontificating and ranting and raving becomes just so much dross and drivel and we find out what the effect of the shutdown really is. <rant> First off, I […]