Category Archives: Health Care

Research: Consumer-driven health plans help ‘bend the cost curve’

How do we reduce unnecessary or wasteful health care spending so that we can increase health care access and reduce the cost of health care? This is a policy question that has vexed policymakers for many years. But new research … Continue reading

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Major health care reform bills to be heard in committee Wednesday

On Tuesday, two significant health care reform bills came out of the House Rules Committee. •        SB 164 (1st Subst.) – Access to Health Care Amendments, sponsored by Sen. Brian Shiozawa, is Governor Herbert’s proposed “Healthy Utah” plan. •        HB … Continue reading

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King v. Burwell and Healthy Utah – Sutherland Soapbox, 3/3/15

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. Tomorrow [March 4], a case will be argued before the U.S. Supreme … Continue reading

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Testimony on SB 164 (Medicaid expansion)

Testimony presented by Derek Monson, director of public policy, Sutherland Institute, on Feb. 11, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee of the Utah Legislature regarding SB 164 (Access to Health Care Amendments): Thank you, Mr. Chair and members of … Continue reading

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Medicaid: A disconnect between debate and reality, Sutherland Soapbox, 2/3/15

  This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. I want to discuss a topic of significant political news reporting … Continue reading

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Vaccination: the debate that shouldn’t exist

Vaccines have fallen victim to their own success. They have worked so incredibly well that no one remembers the reality of the diseases that vaccines have kept at bay, and instead too many people, out of fear, focus on a very few bad outcomes. The … Continue reading

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Medicaid expansion: The moral question — Sutherland Soapbox, 1/6/15

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. As things stand today, the 2015 Legislative Session is just three weeks … Continue reading

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Health care and a history of misleading the public

The government has a long history of misleading the public in order to pass legislation it wants. For instance, in the 1960s President Lyndon Johnson pressed his allies in Congress to suppress the true cost of his big health care … Continue reading

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Sutherland Institute supports Health Reform Task Force recommendations

Sutherland Institute today released the following statement regarding the legislative Health Reform Task Force’s actions regarding Medicaid expansion: Sutherland Institute supports the decision of the Health Reform Task Force to recommend an approach to Medicaid expansion that focuses on the … Continue reading

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Sutherland commends Gov. Herbert for not calling Medicaid special session

Sutherland Institute commends Governor Herbert for his wise and prudent decision not to call a special session to consider his proposed Healthy Utah Medicaid expansion plan. The question of whether Utah should add a second, private-insurance tier to its Medicaid … Continue reading

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How states that take the federal bait end up on the hook – Sutherland Soapbox, 10/14/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Last week, Sutherland Institute had the opportunity to meet with Tarren Bragdon while he was in Utah’s capital. Tarren is CEO of the … Continue reading

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Video: The risks of Medicaid expansion and Healthy Utah

What is the significance of the numbers 1, 3 and 10 when it comes to Medicaid expansion? Watch this video to find out: In this interview, Tarren Bragdon, CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), and Stan Rasmussen, director … Continue reading

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Is Healthy Utah a good idea? More information changes people’s minds – Sutherland Soapbox, 9/16/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Sutherland Institute commissioned a poll by Magellan Strategies that was released yesterday about Utah voters’ support for Medicaid expansion in its various forms, … Continue reading

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New poll shows Utahns reluctant about Medicaid expansion proposals

The results of a new survey conducted by Magellan Strategies seem to contradict other recent polls on the topic of Medicaid expansion in Utah. In the Magellan poll, conducted last week, no more than 45 percent of poll respondents favored … Continue reading

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The wrong Rx

A new study by State Budget Solutions shows our friends and neighbors in Utah would be devastated with the loss of 14,000-plus jobs in the state because of Medicaid expansion. We must do better! You can read the study here. … Continue reading

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