Category Archives: Health Care

The Life of Julius: federal cradle-to-grave meddling in health care (part 4)

At age 40, Julius recognizes the hand of the federal government at every turn in his personal health choices. One night, he goes to his favorite Italian restaurant and notices the menu is different. It looks cluttered. Next to each … Continue reading

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The Life of Julius: federal cradle-to-grave meddling in health care (part 3)

At age 23, Julius graduates from college and begins an internship. Because he and his new wife are so healthy, they choose not to buy health insurance, knowing they can pay out of pocket for needed checkups and basic care. … Continue reading

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The Life of Julius: federal cradle-to-grave meddling in health care (part 2)

At age 10, Julius is playing outside during recess when he begins coughing. His cough persists and worsens for several days, so his mother decides she’ll take him to their long-time family doctor at a private clinic. But when she … Continue reading

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The Life of Julius: federal cradle-to-grave meddling in health care (part 1)

As Americans eagerly await the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care plan, we invite you to follow us as we embark on a journey called “The Life of Julius.” This story will illustrate how … Continue reading

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Health care reform: Utah’s ‘Supreme Court paralysis’

Today the Legislature’s Health System Reform Task Force met to discuss issues regarding the Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare) and the Health Care Compact. In discussions regarding how the state should respond to Obamacare requirements, the overriding sentiment was uncertainty. … Continue reading

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Obamacare debate: Both sides agree on goal, not method

Last week, I participated in a debate about Obamacare hosted by the Project for Deeper Understanding held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Park City. Liana Teteberg, physician assistant, and Judi Hilman, executive director of Utah Health Policy Project, argued … Continue reading

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Video: Utah experts speak on Obamacare

What are the main components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, aka Obamacare) and what does the law mean for Utahns? Watch this video report to hear what Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, Norm Thurston of the governor’s … Continue reading

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What the Obamacare decision will mean for Utahns

As oral arguments for Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services come to a close at the U.S. Supreme Court, some Utahns might wonder what impact the court’s ruling could have on them. Let’s review some of the issues … Continue reading

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Shurtleff expects Obamacare to be overturned

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff told Sutherland Daily today that he believes the U.S. Supreme Court will vote 5-4 to strike down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or Obamacare, as opponents of the legislation (and even many … Continue reading

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Stakes are high as Supreme Court takes on Obamacare

Today, the United States Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments in what many consider one of the most important, consequential issues presented in the nation’s history: challenges to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) – … Continue reading

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Health Care Compact: taking back control from Washington

  Ever since Obamacare became law, states have been doing whatever they can to avoid it. They have filed lawsuits, requested waivers, passed legislation, and identified loopholes in the law. Many states are also pursuing another option for regaining control … Continue reading

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How authentic charity care can work for Utah

  We mentioned on this blog a few weeks ago that the cost of Medicaid services continues to escalate here in Utah and across the nation. This upward trajectory is not expected to change anytime soon. Although we support the … Continue reading

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Turn Medicaid hot potato into a block grant

  Despite the ongoing debt and deficit battles in Washington, our national leaders need to work together to address a political hot potato – Medicaid – to help get the nation’s fiscal house in order. For Utah, implementing a block … Continue reading

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Could Utah use glitch to evade Obamacare?

  In February 2011, John Graham of the Pacific Research Institute predicted that “Obamacare will destroy Utah’s health exchange.” A recent article in The Wall Street Journal identifies an “Obamacare glitch” that could prove Graham’s prophecy to be true, but … Continue reading

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Planned Parenthood: See what $152K in taxes fund each year

  Utah Representative Carl Wimmer (R-Herriman) has said he wants to stop the flow of money from the state to Planned Parenthood, which many other states have recently done. In May, The Salt Lake Tribune provided a brief sketch of … Continue reading

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