Healthcare hassles

The sounds of discontent continue to ring in Washington. Forget the continuing clamor of a dying and desperate media to loudly disclaim anything and everything Trump. This time, the whole Republican Establishment is in the hot seat. After over seven years of complaining and nine attempts at repeal, the right has suddenly forwarded a new “health care solution” to replace Obamacare. But is it a legitimate solution? Not at first glance. And the right has now put their foreseeable future into the hands of one piece of legislation. After much…

The Affordable Care Act was a bait and switch that won’t go away

Raise your hand if you hate health insurance companies. Yes, I know you just did it. So did I. We hate insurance because so much in medicine has gotten astronomically expensive without it. You can’t know how much something costs because it’s all priced to game insurance reimbursement rates. It gets more expensive every year, yet it’s always more expensive to not have it. Even without a legal mandate to buy it, there’s a practical one to. So in marches legislation demanding that you buy this thing you need but…

Fact Check: Senator Dabakis was against expanding Medicaid before he was for it

It’s hard to tell whether Senator Jim Dabakis thinks no one is paying attention to his voting history or just if he just flat-out doesn’t remember his own votes. The Governor’s self-imposed July 31 deadline is approaching for an announcement of a plan to address the gap in Utahns’ healthcare coverage (to be called Healthy Utah Utah Cares Utah Elevates*…because it goes well with the license plates, right?), and some legislative leaders are promising it will be better than ever. But “better than ever” is not good enough for Senator Jim Dabakis, who still wants full…

13 times Justice Scalia ripped the majority opinion to shreds in King v. Burwell

Agree or disagree with him, Justice Antonin Scalia will go down in history as one of the most outspoken and direct justices in U.S. Supreme Court history. In his scathing dissent from today’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he is particularly pointed in his criticisms of legislating from the bench. Here are 13 of his best points, made in a way that only Jusice Scalia could word them.   1.  In reference to the court’s ruling that despite wording in the law to the contrary, subsidies are available to…

Salt City Throwdown: #46 – Three Dudes and Two Feminist Moms

On this special episode of the Salt City Throwdown podcast, we are joined by Erica and Brooke from the “Two Feminist Moms” podcast. We talk about everything under the sun trying to determine what feminism means to is feminism still necessary? How did Smitty get his nickname? Why is Adam from Antarctica? Well, you’re about to find out and the answers may surprise you. As we go, we’re drinking and having a conversation among friends, discussing a multitude of topics, including a long discussion of the confederate flag, and its role in light…

Hobby Lobby Ruling was Limited Common Sense [Hub Debate]

From a macro perspective, the Hobby Lobby ruling doesn’t do much. The Supreme Court made the decision narrow enough that it only impacts: “Closely held” corporations (while not clearly defined, I would suggest this means private companies – publicly traded companies need not apply). The Affordable Care Act, specifically the contraceptive mandate that was made law therein. The Supreme Court could have gone much further and applied that personhood applies to larger companies with more shareholders, or that religious objections could apply to other things like gay marriage, blood transfusions,…

Hobby Lobby and its Aftermath: What Will RFRA Do Next? [Hub Debate]

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 because most people have never heard of RFRA, and why should they have? It is an obscure federal law concerning religious freedom. And how many rational people read any of the tens-of-thousands of federal laws…

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: What it Is, and What it Ain’t [Hub Debate]

  With the Supreme Court ruling 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby on Monday, finding  that for-profit employers with religious objections can opt out of providing contraception coverage under Obamacare, our debate topic is set: did the Supreme Court get it right? Or wrong?    I have thought long and hard how to approach today’s Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (i.e., the Religious Freedom Restoration Act challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive/abortifacient/sterilization mandate (Mandate)). I have written on various aspects of this subject before, but I wanted to really get at what this case is about.…

Hobby Lobby Wins One for Single Payer [The Hub Debate]

The SCOTUS has ruled, and in favor of Hobby Lobby against the contraception mandate in the affordable care act. Some will call it a win for ‘religious liberty.’  Some will call it another step towards the court turning corporations into people.  Democrats will campaign on it as another example of conservative disdain for women’s health issues.   Republicans will call it another kick in the teeth for the Affordable Care Act, while trying carefully not to own it too much in case the Democrats’ message plays well.  In the immediate,…