Category Archives: Health Care

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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Charity care is crucial to Utah’s health – Sutherland Soapbox, 9/9/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Health care and health care policy have become daily news topics. You may have noticed Governor Gary Herbert promoting his Healthy Utah plan. … Continue reading

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Deseret News op-ed: Healthy Utah plan would hurt the most vulnerable Utahns

Good public policy requires three elements: doing the right things for the right reasons in the right ways. These elements are the difference between good policy and bad. The proposed Healthy Utah Plan does some of the right things and … Continue reading

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The next broken Obamacare promise

Remember the lie of “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan”? Now, it seems, Obamacare’s “promise” of free preventive health care, such as checkups, screenings and immunizations, is also turning out to be … Continue reading

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Unnecessary licensing restrictions raise cost of health care

Why do we have licensing laws that restrict who can treat patients as a doctor and perform medical procedures? Ostensibly, it is for the health and safety of people who need to visit the doctor (i.e. everyone). We don’t want … Continue reading

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Sutherland’s position statement on Medicaid expansion

Sutherland Institute understands the perspective of those calling for Utah to follow Obamacare’s vision of Medicaid expansion. The argument sounds reasonable: Since Utahns are paying tax dollars to Washington, D.C., under Obamacare, then why shouldn’t Utah take every Medicaid expansion … Continue reading

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It’s naïve to believe Medicaid expansion promises

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. I have long felt that Medicaid expansion is a central component of Obamacare. If President Obama can get more and more people on … Continue reading

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