Category Archives: Health Care

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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Stop sniping about website fiasco – focus on real health care issues

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. I’ve watched with great interest how Obamacare seems to be crumbling right before our eyes. It has won every political hurdle it has … Continue reading

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The unmasking of the new liberalism

Think back to late 2008. Many in the country cheered the coronation of the new liberalism: the über-confident, unstoppable, aggressive expansion of government powers, entitlements and welfare. Flash forward to the present, as Washington Post opinion writer Charles Krauthammer describes … Continue reading

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More lies: the tax lie behind the ‘keep your coverage’ lie

Most of the oxygen in the halls of punditry has been taken up lately by President Obama’s “If you like your coverage, you can keep your coverage, period” lie. I say it’s a lie out of respect for the President. … Continue reading

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Obama now lying about his lies

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. America tends to be pretty forgiving of its fallen idols. Bill Clinton and Tiger Woods immediately come to mind. We get it. … Continue reading

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Health care: the free-rider ‘problem’

During the 2009 run-up to the passage of Obamacare, supporters often invoked the numbers of uninsured as sympathetic figures to compel support for further government encroachment in health care. Today, as the law finally gets underway amid considerable uncertainty that … Continue reading

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Sutherland goes live on Utah Legislative Update radio show

Sutherland Institute’s Stan Rasmussen joined Senate President Wayne Niederhauser last week in the studio to talk about health reform and charity care on “Niedertalk” on KHQN (1480 AM). Jim Fell of Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation also joined the … Continue reading

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