Western Opinion Sampler: Expand Medicaid. And marriage ...
Published: March 5, 2013 12:56PM
Updated: March 5, 2013 12:56PM
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Kathy Hoell testifies before the Health and Human Services Committee in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, in favor of a proposal to expand Medicaid in Nebraska. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Expand Medicaid: Step is both logical and humane — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial
Both mathematics and humanity are on the side of Utah joining the 24 states that have already decided to take the federal government up on its offer to expand Medicaid health coverage to many thousands of residents who would otherwise remain uninsured and, because of it, present an even larger burden to the state’s health care system and its taxpayers.
Clearly, the only excuses for not expanding Medicaid to an estimated 150,000 Utahns — almost entirely at federal expense — are a sad lack of concern for low-income families or a fear of admitting that there is anything to like about the Affordable Care Act. ...

Listen to those who need Medicaid expansion — Kansas City Star Editorial
In the state capitols of Missouri and Kansas, elected officials dither over expanding Medicaid. For them, the debate is about numbers, future budgets, free market arguments, and the merits and flaws of the federal Affordable Care Act. For Kierra Hawkins, it is about the fist-sized cyst on her right ovary. ...

Medicaid-expansion math makes sense — Arizona Republic Editorial
... If you can get beyond politics and labels, the math is convincing. Arizona would be foolish not to expand the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to cover childless adults up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. ...

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Evolution of gay marriage — Denver Post Editorial
...The country is ready for it. The administration is on board, at least insofar as the core tenets of equality go. And this case presents the right questions, framed in the right way.
The Supreme Court should find gay marriage is a basic civil right and rule broadly so state gay-marriage bans could be overturned. ...

Gay marriage backers are right to think beyond California — Los Angeles Daily News Editorial
... The 14th Amendment dictates that gay couples have the same rights and responsibilities as traditional couples. The alternative is rank discrimination. ...