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Utah’s Redistribution of Wealth is Unhealthy

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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.

Healthy Utah Obamacare Expansion – Worse Than Expected

Governor Herbert’s ObamaCare Expansion Won’t Work

Will Governor Herbert Engage in ObamaCare Debate Or Stick With Name Calling?

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History shows that pilot programs are not easily repealed, defunded, phased out or sunsetted because that becomes a political hot potato.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.

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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.

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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 […]

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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?

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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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  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 […]

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Utah: What’s Going on With Gay Rights and Which Candidate is the “Real” Conservative?

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If you listen to the news, you are aware that there’s an all-out assault on Decency, Family, Religious Liberty, Marriage and all things Local Control.  They are inseparably connected and those issues are also inseparably connected to the fiscal issues.  The personal choices people make are reflected in fiscal policy and especially the Entitlements.

This gay rights law is the same one that has sparked a chain reaction of persecution against Christian-owned businesses across the United States – fining them or forcing them to render services in ways that violate their First Amendment protections and religious liberty – or go out of business.

This is the same law that allowed a lesbian mayor in Houston to subpoena the sermons of five Houston pastors, violating their First Amendment religious liberty and voting rights.

This is the same law that is allowing men to enter women’s public restrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities.

These gay rights laws have been passed in over 20 communities in Utah citing an endorsement of the Salt Lake City ordinance saying, “It is fair and reasonable and does not do violation to the institution of marriage.”  We now see that is not the case.

LGBT activists in Utah are promising they will get this law passed in the next session.

You MUST see for yourself what this ordinance has done to Salt Lake City.  You will NOT believe your eyes.  And it is now coming to Utah County. Read More

If you listen to the news, you are aware that there’s an all-out assault on Decency, Family, Religious Liberty, Marriage and all things Local Control.  They are inseparably connected and those issues are also inseparably connected to the fiscal issues.  The personal choices people make are reflected in fiscal policy and especially the Entitlements. This gay […]

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Former Republican Lt. Gov. advocates for Medicaid Expansion

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Alert from “conservative” Utah: If the President’s message of “if Congress can’t get it done, I will” didn’t alarm you, I’m now sitting in a Democratic caucus in the Utah legislature and listening to a former “Republican” Lieutenant Governor – Greg Bell – blasting conservatives for being opposed to Medicaid expansion and delivering a presentation advocating expansion. Read More

Alert from “conservative” Utah: If the President’s message of “if Congress can’t get it done, I will” didn’t alarm you, I’m now sitting in a Democratic caucus in the Utah legislature and listening to a former “Republican” Lieutenant Governor – Greg Bell – blasting conservatives for being opposed to Medicaid expansion and delivering a presentation […]

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ObamaCare Promo

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Have fun with this one!

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And the Biggest Loser in Medicaid Expansion is…

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The stats are coming in now.  We now know who the real winners – and losers – will be.  No surprises there.  But in case you didn’t know, here it is: Read More

The stats are coming in now.  We now know who the real winners – and losers – will be.  No surprises there.  But in case you didn’t know, here it is:

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A Time for Choosing: Medicaid Expansion or Medical Freedom?

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URGENT…Action Alert!

HB-391 S2 Prohibition of Medicaid Expansion (Anderegg)

This bill is at the top of the Utah State House calendar Monday, March 11th. It will be debated and then voted on. If passed, this bill will kill ObamaCare (the UN—Affordable Care Act) in Utah, and it could do the same in your state as well. Read More

URGENT…Action Alert! HB-391 S2 Prohibition of Medicaid Expansion (Anderegg) This bill is at the top of the Utah State House calendar Monday, March 11th. It will be debated and then voted on. If passed, this bill will kill ObamaCare (the UN—Affordable Care Act) in Utah, and it could do the same in your state as […]

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Utah Takes Stand Against Medicaid Expansion

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Fact Sheet – HB 391 S 1 Prohibition of Medicaid Expansion
A news conference is being held shortly to announce Utah’s response to ObamaCare: A bill to prohibit Medicaid Expansion.

The original bill, HB 391 – Nullification of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, was presented to the House Business and Labor Committee. Because the bill had a constitutional note attached, Representative Jake Anderegg, expressed concern that because of that note, it would not be likely to pass out of the committee. Because he shared the concerns of the bill’s sponsor, Representative Lee Perry, Representative Jake Anderegg made a motion to substitute. The substitute bill was debated and passed out of committee by a vote of 9-6.

PPACA is not a “done deal” as some might believe. The US Supreme Court gave direction to the states to choose how they would respond to PPACA. This substitute language is derived from the U.S. Supreme Court ruling as follows: Read More

Fact Sheet – HB 391 S 1 Prohibition of Medicaid Expansion A news conference is being held shortly to announce Utah’s response to ObamaCare: A bill to prohibit Medicaid Expansion. The original bill, HB 391 – Nullification of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, was presented to the House Business and Labor Committee. Because […]

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Obama To Control Most States’ Health Care Through Exchanges

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The outcome of the December 14th deadline for the states to express to the President their intent to implement a state health care exchange is disheartening. Thirty-two states will rely on the Federal government to set it up and manage it. Sixteen states, including California, Utah, Colorado and New York, will run their own, and the remainder are “unclear.”

It’s alarming that Utah is flanked by California and New York, two of the most liberal states in the nation.

Iowa intends to “minimize federal intrusion” in the control of insurance and Medicaid by working an exchange in partnership with the Obama Administration.  (What?)

But Nebraska!  Good for Nebraska.  Governor Dave Heineman is one brave man.  Read what he said in this report. In fact, the entire report is horrific. As you read, ask yourself:

“How will any state that sets up an exchange ensure that the private sector can compete with the subsidized plans that will be offered online?”

This is the purpose of the exchange, whether the states set up their own or the Federal government does it.  The exchange is fraudulently called “the health care marketplace” when in reality it will facilitate the most massive entitlement program – and takeover of our lives – in U.S. history.   Read More

The outcome of the December 14th deadline for the states to express to the President their intent to implement a state health care exchange is disheartening. Thirty-two states will rely on the Federal government to set it up and manage it. Sixteen states, including California, Utah, Colorado and New York, will run their own, and […]

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A Governor’s Plea to President Obama on Utah’s Health Care Exchange

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The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President,

I want to personally thank you for meeting with members of the NGA Executive
Committee and me last week. I think all who participated believe it was a productive and helpful dialogue. I also believe this can be the beginning of a meaningful process of working with states and their governors to find solutions to the challenges we face in this country. We face a number of critical issues, but I would like to specifically address two: the “fiscal cliff” and health care reform.

All of us — federal and state officials alike — must find solutions that represent the best interests of America, and our ongoing efforts to restore our economy. Utah is one of the states in America experiencing great progress in our economic recovery. To suffer a substantial setback because federal officials cannot find a compromise economic solution would simply be an unwarranted tragedy. Read More

The Honorable Barack H. Obama President of the United States of America 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President, I want to personally thank you for meeting with members of the NGA Executive Committee and me last week. I think all who participated believe it was a productive and helpful dialogue. I […]

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