Western Editorial Sampler ...
Published: September 20, 2012 12:06PM
Updated: September 20, 2012 01:14PM
Photo by Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune Above, Ted Gurney of SLC (center) joined other Medicare and Medicaid insured citizens fighting against cuts. Disabled Rights Action Committee and the Anti Hunger Action Committee held a rally outside the Senate floor at the Utah Capitol Tuesday, February 23, 2010 to protest Senator J. Stuart Adams' sponsorship of HB 67. SLC 2/23/10

Health care. Vice. Voting.

— Docs back Medicaid: Support is justified for patient care — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

It wasn’t exactly a resounding endorsement, but the Utah Medical Association’s House of Delegates has decided to support the expansion of Medicaid in Utah allowed under the Affordable Care Act.

That is significant, since doctors would be — and are now — on the front lines of health care reform. The doctors’ statement is one of only a few coming from physician groups. But the support of such organizations — the UMA comprises 3,500 physicians — is critical. ...

— A question we’re all asking: Now what? — Casper Star-Tribune Editorial

... Now what, after the proposed collaboration between the state’s two largest health systems — WMC and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center — fell through. ...

— Election antics trump gaming legislation — Las Vegas Review-Journal Editorial

— Pot, gambling measures trailing even in godless Oregon — David Sarasohn | The Oregonian

— Lax enforcement, actions of few at fault, not Utah’s liquor laws — Deseret News Editorial

— California tries to make voting easier — Los Angeles Times Editorial

— Voter registration joins the online era — Sacramento Bee Editorial

(Utah beat them to it. Ha!)

— Justice report predictable — Arizona Republic Editorial

... The Justice Department report on Operation Fast and Furious offers no closure, no answers to the big questions about how things got so out of hand. ...