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,…

The Supreme Court Thinks It Can Decide Which Religious Beliefs are Important [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?  The Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby is problematic, but given the court’s current composition, and its track record on corporate issues, it was not unexpected. As in most cases, the justices aren’t idiots (even the ones I usually disagree with), so the majority decision isn’t a gross miscarriage…

The Cost of Replacing a Physician

During the last San Juan Hospital board meeting in Blanding Utah on February 27, 2014 the board spent a great deal of time focusing on the financial problems the hospital has found themselves in lately.  The on thing that wasn’t addressed was the expense to the hospital in replacing 3 physicians. According to an article I found there are a number of direct and indirect costs associated with the employment of a physician. The article titled The Hidden Costs of Declining Physician Engagement, outlines the cost of replacing a physician along…

Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

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Never write or speak on something you have an opinion on from reading and listening to others, but not through any particular research. That is the way I feel about Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. I know it affects me and my family. I know it affects Utah’s State budget. And I know it affects other Utahns. I know just enough to be dangerous. Maybe it is an affirmation towards our form of Representative government. Since pioneer days, Utahns have valued self reliance. The most fascinating part of the Medicaid expansion debate…

Clean air policy is coming together, but with a bunch of small changes

It would be hard to say that the legislature isn’t taking some interest in air quality issues. In this session, there’s no fewer than 15 open bills and resolutions addressing various aspects of air quality in our state. If you’re expecting sweeping legislation, though, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Most of these deal with very specific changes that, while good, aren’t hugely transformative on their own. Here’s a run-down of what some of these are seeking to do.