Rep. Norm Thurston: Where Did the Coverage Gap Come From?

Where Did the Coverage Gap Come From? October 27, 2015 by Rep. Norm Thurston Have you stopped to wonder whether the coverage gap came from? Was it always here or did it suddenly appear? You may have heard some of my House Republican colleagues say that Obamacare created the Coverage Gap and wondered how that could possibly be the case. When we say that the coverage gap was created by Obamacare we really mean it. Here is a little Utah insurance market history to clarify where the gap came from.…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Sept. 29, 2015

So, you know, the majority caucuses are meeting today to talk about approving the Gang of Six’s full Medicaid expansion proposal. The pitch theoretically puts the cost on the institutions who stand to gain from it, mainly doctors, hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry. Makes sense, right? Wrong. Businesses don’t pay taxes. People pay taxes. No matter what is said, no matter what the bill ends of promising, you and I are going to pay for any sort of expansion. It’s called pass through. But at least it’s not like the reddest…

Swapping branches: Moving between Utah’s Legislature and the Herbert Administration

Jon Cox resigned his seat in the Utah House on July 8 to take a job in Governor Gary Herbert’s office as Communications Director. Cox is a savvy and likable hand and he’ll do well in the new job. He won’t be the first legislator to join the Herbert Administration, however (nor the first Cox. In addition to Spencer Cox, the LG and Jon’s fourth cousin, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget is Kristin Cox, though she is not related, at least directly, to the other two. This is what we call…