The Smart Questions Club: Medicaid Expansion in Utah [video]

Perhaps no public policy debate in Utah in recent memory has seen more polls, advocacy, or money spent on it than Medicaid expansion, whether as Healthy Utah, Utah Cares, or full Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Tonight, at about 9:30 PM, we look at what questions you should be asking with guests RyLee Stowell Curtis, Medicaid Policy Analyst of the Utah Health Policy Project, and Cameron Robinson, former Treasurer for the Utah Republican Party and a writer at FortyFive Politics.

38 reasons Utah won’t see Medicaid expansion this year

It might be 2016, or even 2017, before Utah sees legislative action on Medicaid expansion. A self-imposed July 31 deadline blew past without any compromise between House Leadership and the Governor, despite a loose framework for the compromise. At this rate, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to see Medicaid expansion this year. The 2016 campaign season has effectively begun and as the election approaches, campaign calculus means that the chances of a special session diminish. Forcing legislators into Medicaid during election year is suicide. While the Governor pushes to get a Medicaid expansion deal done, something…

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…

Jim Dabakis: After tap dancing for 2 years, just take Medicaid expansion!

Utah, quit stalling. Take full Medicaid Expansion. ‘The Gang of Six’ Republicans (Gov Herbert, Lt Gov Cox, Senate President Niederhauser, House Speaker Hughes, Senator Shiozawa and Rep Dunnigan) are deciding who will live and who will die. They are negotiating on whether the state should accept Medicaid Expansion–or not. They are taking their sweet time. The Medicaid Expansion decision is the biggest single issue to face the state in a generation and our state seems paralyzed, unable to make a decision. The reason this is taking so long is not because this…

The FortyFive Podcast, Episode 3: Ken Ivory, guest Norm Thurston and Healthy Utah

In episode 3 of the FortyFive politics podcast we talked about the frivolous fraud allegations leveled against Representative Ken Ivory and Senator Todd Weiler’s pro-Medicaid expansion op-ed. We also spoke with Representative Norm Thurston (R-Provo) about Healthy Utah, the House compromise bill, and more. 00:00-01:18 – Intro 01:19-10:32 – Fraud allegation against Rep. Ken Ivory 10:33-22:05 – Senator Todd Weiler Healthy Utah Op-Ed 22:06-1:05:43 – Special guest Representative Norm Thurston 1:05:44-End – FortyFive Roundup From the FortyFive Roundup: Swallow waives preliminary hearing; lawyer says no plea deal in works (Salt Lake Tribune) Final…

A Drive By About Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

If someone offered to buy you a car and asked you to pay 10% of the cost, what is the first thing you would do? began Speaker Greg Hughes Wednesday morning at a Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce event on Medicaid Expansion. The answer is: Figure out the total price of the car. If the car is a Bentley, you might have second thoughts since your 10% is still a lot of money. If the car is a Chevy, then the 10% is easier to say ‘yes’ to. That analogy summed…

Transparency in the Healthy Utah discussion

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Whatever your position on expanding Medicaid in Utah, attacking the post-legislative session discussions as being “secretive” only makes sense if you don’t know anything about public policy formation. When Healthy Utah failed to pass out of a House committee late in the 2015 Legislative Session, Governor Gary Herbert promised to call a special session in July. It set a deadline by which he, Speaker Greg Hughes, and President Wayne Neiderhauser would iron out differences between Healthy Utah and the House’s Utah Cares (which also failed). And that’s the rub. The left leaning activists who…

Alliance for a Better UTAH Press Statement regarding future of Healthy Utah [UPH Wire]

Contact: Josh Kanter Founder, Board President, Alliance for a Better UTAH 801.520.0757 | info@betterutah.org – – – – – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 *Alliance for a Better UTAH issues statement on future of Healthy Utah* After meeting with Secretary Burwell, Governor Herbert, Speaker Hughes, and President Niederhauser announced they needed to continue working on Utah’s revised plan to expand Medicaid. Over the past year, the Governor has worked diligently to craft an elegant Utah solution, Healthy Utah, which is widely supported by the public, faith community, business community, and healthcare industry –…

Healthy Utah is getting the Jimmy Hoffa treatment

Isn’t it funny that Healthy Utah, the one big issue that everyone even mildly interested in the legislature was talking about, hasn’t had much said about it lately? In fact, other than some reporting on quiet behind-the-scenes negotiations and the Gov’s planned trip to DC, there’s not much in the public to chew on. So what do we make of the silence? First off, the House already drew their line in the sand. They won’t want to spend more state money on entitlements. It’s hard to see how “spend no more state…