Why Every State Governor Should Defund Planned Parenthood

The Susan B. Anthony List and its research arm, the Charlotte Lozier Institute have provided three documents shedding light on why defunding Planned Parenthood should be a no-brainer for state governors. We urge them all to consider this data and to follow the handful of states, including Utah, that are taking action to do so. We wish to thank David Prentice, MD for providing this information to us. These links were sent to every member of the Utah State Legislature today with a message urging them to take legislative action. I encourage you to share them with your state legislators as well.

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Three steps you can take today.

Please forward to you state legislators and ask them to pass legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.

Sign the petition for Utah legislators to defund Planned Parenthood.

Donate. Your contribution goes to providing this information and advocacy on key issues. Thank you in advance for your donation of $35, $50, $100, $250, $500 or more. Three ways to donate:

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God bless you!
Cherilyn Bacon Eagar

Cherilyn Eagar Debates Planned Parenthood of Utah

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Watch this Trib Talk Debate (Salt Lake Tribune) moderated by Jennifer Napier-Pierce between Cherilyn Eagar, President, American Leadership Fund and Karrie Galloway, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Utah.  My apology for the poor audio-visual and band width, but I hope the message is clear.

Please contact Governor Herbert today and thank him for being among a handful of governors to defund Planned Parenthood.  Ask him to support legislation to put his action into Utah law.  801-538-1000.

If you are in Utah join us at the Pro-Life Rally in the Utah Capitol Rotunda at Noon Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

We need your continued support.  Please consider a generous donation of $35, $50, $100, $250, $500 or more.  Simply text “ALF” to 313131 or click here or mail a check to American Leadership Fund, 5202 Saddleback Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84117.




Utah’s Redistribution of Wealth is Unhealthy

I received an email from a Utah conservative who wrote that he had been “in and around the legislature for a few years now” and that he’s a “strong conservative” who now works for “a very reputable online political marketing company in SLC” that works with “many high profile Republican campaigns across the country.”

He then criticized me for my position opposing Healthy Utah, Governor Gary Herbert’s plan for Medicaid Expansion.  I offered these three articles as talking points, and he objected saying that these had been written between October and December 2014, but the bill was released February 5, 2015.

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He wants me to post the bill itself, so here it is.  I asked for his specific criticisms and got no reply.

Kudos to Utah’s True Republicans

I’d like to express my deep appreciation to stalwarts in the Utah Senate who understand the rule of law and the Constitution’s limited powers and who see through the facade of this waiver and who voted against its passage on the Senate floor.

They are:  Allen Christensen, Margaret Dayton, Deidre Henderson,  Al Jackson, Mark Madsen, Howard Stephenson, Steve Urquhart, and Evan Vickers.  

The bill is now in the House Rules Committee.  Please contact those members and ask them to HOLD it in rules.  Also contact your House reps and let them know you OPPOSE this legislation.

As wonderful as it may seem now, when has government ever established a “pilot” program that did not become a permanent one?  When so many become entitled and recipients of a welfare program, what then happens politically to elected officials that attempt to sunset or phase out such welfare programs?

History shows that pilot programs are not easily repealed, defunded, phased out or sunsetted because that becomes a political hot potato. Thus the United States, and in this case Utah, participates in the perpetuation of redistribution schemes that join the rest of the unsustainable programs public officials and bureaucrats are compelled to promote for re-election.

We have become a nation – and Utah is among the states in that nation – that elects the candidate that offers the most free stuff.  This is exactly what the Soviet Union became.

A Model Solution

In my testimony at the hearing I offered an alternative, private sector solution:  Drs John and Alieta Eck of the Zaraphath Health Care Center in Somerset, New Jersey.  Their program runs an annual budget of around $50,000 and costs around $13 a visit.  Meds are free.  Volunteer doctors make it happen.  They have even come together to negotiate urgent surgeries to aid the indigent.

Their congregation contributes to the clinic and the members use a “health care sharing ministries” model of covering medical costs.  It’s not insurance.  It’s better.  It’s Obamacare exempt, and it’s much less expensive.  You won’t be paying for abortions or any other procedures that will violate your religious beliefs.

Get ObamaCare-Exempt Cost Sharing Medical Plan NOW
We urge everyone to go to this website and to get on board with us at www.MedicalCostShare.com/OptOutNow

Do it NOW.  Help yourself with less expense that preserves your religious beliefs, help American Leadership Fund, and help defeat Obamacare and keep Utah and the other states from promoting and helping the ACA to succeed.

Remember, there are three legs to the Obamacare stool in order for it to succeed:

1. The state exchange (DONE – in Utah)
2. Government-run HMO’s, called “ACO’s” – Accountable Care Organizations (DONE – in Utah)
3. Medicaid Expansion

The message to every state legislator is simple:  Do Not Participate in Medicaid Expansion, even if it sounds good.  The bottom line is that Republican governors WANT the federal funds they will get now, even if it goes away in the future and becomes an unfunded mandate.

Republicans that support redistribution of wealth (which is how Medicaid works) are violating basic principles of their own party’s platform and should be censured and in states where conventions endorse, those candidates should be held accountable and not receive the party’s endorsement.

If you agree, we need your help – volunteer help and financial support.  Text “ALF” to 313131 now.  $10, $25, $50, $100  or more is greatly appreciated.



Why Medicaid Expansion is a Bad Idea


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I’ll make this short. Medicaid expansion is a bad idea because:

1. Socialized medicine doesn’t work.
2. The state exchanges are going down – and whether they will go down with a bang or a whimper by 2015 is the remaining question.
3. Medicaid expansion is an unfunded mandate waiting to happen.

Where Does Your State Stand on Medicaid Expansion?


As of August 2014, twenty-one states are saying “No” to Obamacare. They are doing it by refusing to expand Medicaid. Utah is one of three yet “undecided.”

Meanwhile,  former CBS journalist Sharyl Attkisson is suing the federal government to obtain records that she has failed to get through numerous FOIA requests in order to get to the bottom of the security questions swirling around the system that Congress has failed to answer.

Jonathan Gruber would like you to know that you are too “stupid” and they were counting on that and the lack of transparency to get this monster through the door without anyone noticing it.  Here’s a video worth watching – GruberGate in Two Minutes.

The three necessary legs of the socialized medicine stool are the establishment of

1) a state or national online exchange to drive people to the most cost effective choice – Medicaid;

2) the Accountable Care Organization – a glorified, government-run HMO; and

3) Medicaid Expansion.

Without all three, socialized, national health care – regardless of its title – cannot be implemented. States such as Texas understand this fact. Other states, for the most part run by socialist governors and legislatures, have already welcomed Obamacare. Three states are still in “open debate.”

One is a state that many would consider the most conservative state in the nation – Utah.  At least that is how the voters vote in a presidential election year.  But when it comes to local politics, it’s as if there is a total disconnect.

Why this is important to you is that Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert was elected to Vice Chair of the National Governors Association (a union/lobbyist group in DC where a lot of mischief takes place).  Earlier in 2014 the Washington Post also named Governor Gary Herbert was the most popular governor in the nation with a 73% approval rating.

Conservatives who work closely with Governor Herbert at the Utah legislature will tell you that he votes consistently with liberal policies and that he is controlled by the liberal unions that have a stranglehold on the otherwise conservative population of Utah.  Among those unions are the National Education Association’s state affiliate the Utah Education Association, the Utah PTA, the Utah Hospital Association and the Utah Medical Association.

The latter two trade groups are both pro-ACA (Obamacare) and ACO (Accountable Care Organization – glorifed, government run HMOs, a failure from the 1970’s-1980s.)  See here.  They claim a “Utah Solution” but unless Utah joins with other states that are suing the federal government, it is doomed to be regulated by the federal government, just as it is with education reforms it claims are “Utah’s core.”

In fact, in 2012 I personally watched as bill after bill emerged out of committee and passed out of the legislature setting up every facet of what is needed to establish nationalized medicine in Utah.  Crickets.

Utah’s supposedly conservative governor has just announced that he is launching his campaign for Medicaid Expansion.  Utah’s conservatives who are paying attention are scratching their heads.  They agree with Ronald Reagan that Medicaid is socialized medicine. Just because health care is implemented at the state level does not mean it is a good or better plan.  It is controlled from the top.

In fact, a state that agrees to Medicaid expansion is also agreeing to sign on to federal funding which goes away, and then the state is left with another huge unfunded mandate it cannot afford to pay.

So much for calling it the “Affordable” Care Act.

Forbes Magazine contributors Jonathan Ingram, Nic Horton and  Josh Archambault argue that the Healthy Utah Plan helps the able-bodied while those who are truly in need are ignored.  It’s patterned after the Arkansas plan that that state is now trying to abandon, and it has no work requirement.

While the money in the short term is enticing, Dr. Alieta Eck was on my radio show recently and described Medicaid Expansion as buying a baby elephant because it came with a two years supply of food.  It’s an unfunded entitlement in the making.   You can listen to the podcast starting at about 15 minutes into the recording.

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A Tribute to My Dad – Sam Bacon

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It’s the third Sunday in June 2014.  Father’s Day is here.  I’ve thought a lot about my father and how much I miss him.

He was my inspiration in so many ways, and still is. Continue reading A Tribute to My Dad – Sam Bacon