Healthcare hassles

The sounds of discontent continue to ring in Washington. Forget the continuing clamor of a dying and desperate media to loudly disclaim anything and everything Trump. This time, the whole Republican Establishment is in the hot seat. After over seven years of complaining and nine attempts at repeal, the right has suddenly forwarded a new “health care solution” to replace Obamacare. But is it a legitimate solution? Not at first glance. And the right has now put their foreseeable future into the hands of one piece of legislation. After much…

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…

Obamacare will not be repealed

Just over 30 years ago, 36 insurance companies stopped writing policies in Washington, D.C. The issue was AIDS and the D.C. City Council voted to prohibit HIV testing of insurance applicants. At the time, insurance companies testing for the AIDS virus were deemed discriminatory to homosexuals. The three-dozen insurance companies argued that to not screen for the disease was not only bad business practice but defeated the whole idea of the insurance market. Insurance is all about managing risk. Actuaries are paid a lot of money to determine risk and…

The Obama Legacy: FDR, JFK, LBJ…BO?

There is plenty of room at the top because the highest positions are hardest to fill. Organizations are not skill pyramids, the best and brightest aren’t necessarily at top with descending rank and ability below. As CEO, Principal, or President you want “a visionary leader”, but what does that mean? For me, I don’t necessarily want a professor, I’ll take a bear of slightly above average brains, but one who is optimistic, has a good vision, can clarify through the mess, and can identify and manage talent. In other words,…

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…

13 times Justice Scalia ripped the majority opinion to shreds in King v. Burwell

Agree or disagree with him, Justice Antonin Scalia will go down in history as one of the most outspoken and direct justices in U.S. Supreme Court history. In his scathing dissent from today’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he is particularly pointed in his criticisms of legislating from the bench. Here are 13 of his best points, made in a way that only Jusice Scalia could word them.   1.  In reference to the court’s ruling that despite wording in the law to the contrary, subsidies are available to…

Midterm Mayhem

The commentators are cooling off on the major networks. Weeks of non-stop punditry, debate and prognostication have ended. The midterm elections are over save for a few run-offs or possible recounts. The Republicans now control the House and Senate for the first time since the George Bush-era and effectively for only the second time since the Eisenhower-era. But have we learned anything? And what are the national implications that directly affect the good citizens of Utah? Can we draw any certain conclusions for the future? One thing seems to be…

What is Private Property and How Important Is It?

PRIVATE PROPERTY Private property has three main benefits for individuals that I have identified. There may well be more, but these are the three that seem most important to me. Private Property delineates the sphere in which an individual can act without infringing upon the rights of others. The individual can choose how he uses it, when he can use it, and to what ends he can use it for. Private Property, if used properly, will allow the individual to become self sufficient. Not in the idea that the individual…