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…

Supreme Court chooses rule of power over rule of law

The U.S. Supreme Court had an opportunity today to reinforce that America is a nation governed by laws, not by powerful men and women. Sadly, it chose to abdicate that principle in favor of legal sophistry. In the court’s other major ruling on the ACA, NFIB v. Sebelius, the court stated clearly it does not have the expertise to make judgments regarding public policy – but the King v. Burwell ruling relies wholly on judgments regarding public policy to justify its conclusion that the plain language of Obamacare cannot mean…

Healthy Utah May Be Improved, But It’s Still a Bum Deal

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The Utah Senate today passed SB64 S01, a modification of the Healthy Utah plan to more-or-less implement Medicaid expansion without calling it that. (Because: REASONS.) It makes a number of improvements to the original plan (including numerous automatic termination conditions), but it still maintains a fatal flaw: it doesn’t improve health care. In fact, it’s just a big expansion of subsidies to insurance companies and the medical industry with no expectation of improved quality of care or reduction in costs. Talking points from Gov's office on Healthy Utah 2.0, up…