If you like your health information privacy… LOL, JK!

Healthcare.gov has flaws, but revealing private information to web advertisers should not be one of them. Unfortunately, apparently it is.    We can be honest, the Healthcare.gov website has had its series of flaws. But today’s revelation from the Electronic Freedom Foundation just might be the worst of all. After all, we are entrusting several overarching federal agencies to ensure our healthcare needs. These include HHS, Homeland Security, and not the least of which the IRS. It is apparently Affordable Care Act enrollment time. How do I know? Because healthcare.gov keeps…

Setting the Record Straight: 5 Reasons to Support the Governor’s Healthy Utah Plan

The Healthy Utah plan would bring federal tax dollars back to Utah to provide health coverage to low-income, working, uninsured Utahns. Although the Healthy Utah plan would save lives and provide a much-needed economic stimulus to the state, an anonymous group has been distributing misinformation about the Healthy Utah plan through mailers and advertisements. Don’t be fooled! Here are the facts: 1. Healthy Utah would reduce crime and save taxpayers money. Healthy Utah will reduce recidivism and save the state millions. Although only a small minority of potential Healthy Utah…

IRS Regulations Threaten Continuing Existence of Obamacare

Pay close attention when you sign-up for insurance during this year’s open enrollment period: you may lose the tax credit that makes your health plan actually affordable. And if you do lose that tax credit, and the Supreme Court ends up deciding the IRS has abused its authority in even offering the tax credit in the first place, you will also lose the associated penalty for not signing up for health care. That’s right – no tax credit AND no penalty. Could this happen? It’s before the Supreme Court, and we’ll…

Doug Owens Strikes Moderate Utah Pose, But Policies Don’t Add Up

The HubCap Spin | Love or Owens: Who Wins the Race for Congressional District 4?

To hear 4th District democratic candidate Doug Owens tell it, he’s an aw shucks down home every day average Utahn running for Congress. But what do you find when you dig a little deeper than campaign marketing? While his website is long on “sixth generation Utahn,” it is remarkably short on specifics, particularly from a candidate whose messaging says he’s running a substantive, solutions based campaign. But let’s take a look under the hood and see how Owens’s actual policies square with that of the general Utah public. Owens portrays…

Can the judiciary limit itself? Not if we can help it [Hub Debate]

Plenty of people are spending time talking about the Hobby Lobby ruling itself and are missing a much bigger issue: the ever-expansive role of the judiciary. When we don’t get what we want out of the legislative process, we lawyer up and try to create all kinds of fancy language to inject new meaning into existing law. Sometimes, the courts go along with it and encourage the same bad behavior in others. The end result is that we don’t even have a real system of law anymore; we have a…

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: What it Is, and What it Ain’t [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?    I have thought long and hard how to approach today’s Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (i.e., the Religious Freedom Restoration Act challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive/abortifacient/sterilization mandate (Mandate)). I have written on various aspects of this subject before, but I wanted to really get at what this case is about.…

Do Utahns Really Want Medicaid Expansion?

Do Utahns want state elected officials to expand Medicaid? Medicaid expansion is a big deal, even if it’s not half as riveting as same-sex marriage or the FIFA World Cup.  It speaks to the question of how we as a state care for our poor when they get sick.  A poll published by Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy concluded that Utahns do want to see an expansion. But do Utahns understand what that means? Researchers at Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy…

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…