Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Sept. 29, 2015

So, you know, the majority caucuses are meeting today to talk about approving the Gang of Six’s full Medicaid expansion proposal. The pitch theoretically puts the cost on the institutions who stand to gain from it, mainly doctors, hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry. Makes sense, right?


Businesses don’t pay taxes. People pay taxes. No matter what is said, no matter what the bill ends of promising, you and I are going to pay for any sort of expansion. It’s called pass through.

But at least it’s not like the reddest of the red Utah Legislature just passed multiple tax increases in a year when we had a $600+ million tax surplus. Right? Right? Guys? Is this thing on?

• On a related topic, the health care industry is about to completely overhaul how it describes ailments. It takes the current 14,000 descriptions and takes it all the way up to 70,000. And just in case you were wondering, yes, they did manage to remember “Burn due to water skis on fire.” (WSJ and Slashdot)

• Rep. Norm Thurston is taking a look at getting rid of safety inspections to register your vehicle. It’s a decent idea that was explored by John Dougall a few years ago. There’s plenty of data to support the move, except that (flame retardant suits on!) the police would prefer to have plenty of stuff to pull you over for, and auto mechanics want to dig into your car and tell you how much expensive stuff needs to be fixed before you’re allowed to drive it on the road. Those two groups ran around the Capitol with their hair on fire when Dougall tried a full repeal. So, you know, best of luck Rep. Thurston. (Trib)

It’s National Coffee Day! And while this story comes from Fox 13, it does NOT come from Ben Winslow, which I assume is because he’s trolling every single coffee establishment in the Greater Salt Lake Area looking for free coffee.

Actually, we’ve just received a short video of Ben. See below:


Given that we’re in Utah, I also encourage most of you to go to your local Maverick, purchase the gallon size caffeinated fountain drink of your choice and celebrate with Ben.

• Ready for the next battlefront on climate change? It’s what you eat. That’s right, CNN is now telling us that beef is the next SUV. A quick glance at their graphic shows us that we’ll all be eating nothing but delicious meals of beans, peas, and soy very, very soon. You know, for the planet. Out of my cold, dead hands. MY COLD, DEAD HANDS.

And if none of that interests you, Edward Snowden just joined Twitter. Go ahead and give him a follow. What’s the worst that could happen?


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