Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News

Good Mid-Day! • Anyone see the big fight this weekend? You know, the one with the grandstanding, hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, that is all but sure to disappoint in the end? Yeah, Medicaid Expansion. The Dnews proudly proclaims that both sides are going to leave their “baggage behind.” Well, it parroted the Governor’s Office that said baggage will be left behind. The problem is that Medicaid Expansion, as desperately as the executive branch wants the stalemate to be about politics, is a real disagreement about whether it’s a…

New Poll Shows Healthy Utah Has Less Than Fifty Percent Support Among Informed Voters

Informed voters don’t support Healthy Utah, according to a new poll. The poll results will provide ammo to opponents of the Medicaid expansion, further complicating Governor Gary Herbert‘s efforts to find a compromise with conservative legislators to cover uninsured Utahns. The poll, released today and embedded below, shows less than fifty percent of informed voters support Healthy Utah when given information about the impact of the law on the federal debt. The poll was conducted by Wilson Perkins Allen on behalf of Republican consultant Chuck Warren’s Silver Bullet. Warren has also been retained by Jonathan Johnson, who is expected…

No Surprise That Healthy Utah Is DOA In the House

When news emerged that Healthy Utah would not be debated or voted on in the House, pundits, Democrats and the Governor’s proxies began to express shock and dismay. Why not give it a chance to get a hearing? The bill deserves a chance to be debated! It’s disingenuous to pretend like there’s not been a debate in the public for over a year, if not more. No other issue has seen more push polling, marketing, and out-of-state interest group advocacy than Healthy Utah. Governor Herbert has put his full effort and brand behind the…

House Leaders Draw Lines Over Healthy Utah

In a set of op-eds that must leave Governor Herbert less than sanguine, Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes and Representative Dan McCay have spelled out their opposition to Healthy Utah. Healthy Utah just passed the Utah Senate on a vote of 17 for and 11 against and is headed over to the House. With Hughes spelling out discrepancies between what Healthy Utah was projected to cost a year ago and what it’s being projected to cost now, it’s hard to see a clear path to passage for the Medicaid expansion in Utah.…

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…

House Statement on Utah Health Reform Task Force recommendations [UPH Wire]

December 18, 2014 For Immediate Release Contact: Greg Hartley 801-231-2756 gregmhartley@gmail.com  House Statement on Utah Health Reform Task Force recommendations  SALT LAKE CITY  – The incoming Utah House Majority leadership team issued the following statement regarding the recommendations from Utah’s Health Reform Task Force: “After two years of careful study the recommendations from the Health Reform Task Force speak for themselves.  By taking this significant step forward they have made it clear that doing nothing is not an option. We applaud their efforts and will use these recommendations to inform the process…

The Healthy Utah Poll: Pushing Public Opinion, not Finding It

Released on June 17th, a poll shows massive public support for Governor Gary Herbert’s Health Utah Medicaid expansion plan. In fact, if the poll numbers are to be trusted,  legislators with any kind of political self-interest should be scrambling to accept the Medicaid expansion. On a second look, though, the poll isn’t so helpful as it looks and may actually have methodology problems. Utah policy makers should be wary before accepting the results of the poll. Utahns have a lot still to learn about Medicaid expansion before a decision is made to accept…