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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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(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
Editorial Sampler: Obamacare and Medicaid ...

Health exchanges: Do what’s best for Utahns — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Utah legislative leaders seem willing to give the federal government control of an essential service that Utahns need, for the illogical reason that they don’t like the federal government. ...

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... The ACA is a complicated law, and the governor can’t be expected to understand all its complexities. But the health care reform law, passed in 2010 and upheld this year by the U.S. Supreme Court, is not going away. Utah leaders should put aside their distaste for Washington and do what is best for Utahns, as they did when they accepted million of dollars in federal stimulus money during the Great Recession.

Sticker shock on Medicaid costs — Denver Post Editorial

An estimate that expanding Medicaid in Colorado could cost $858 million over 10 years gives us pause.

Time ... to embrace Medicaid expansion — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

... For lawmakers, the question is simple: Do you want get $10 back from the federal government for every state dollar you invest? ...

Missouri should take the Medicaid money — Kansas City Star Editorial

A crucial choice for Missouri lawmakers came into sharper focus Wednesday with the release of a study suggesting the state would achieve a major economic boost by expanding its Medicaid limits. ...

Medicaid expansion right course for state — Spokane Spokesman-Review Editorial

... Conservative Idaho formed a commission to look at this issue, and panelists came back with a unanimous decision to take the money. We think a close examination in Washington would arrive at the same conclusion for four solid reasons. ...

Democrats should pay heed to Dick Durbin on Medicare, Medicaid — Chicago Sun-Times Editorial

... "Progressives created Social Security and Medicare and we have fought to protect them," Durbin said in prepared remarks at the Center for America Progress, a progressive think tank. "Refusing to consider any changes isn’t protecting Medicare, it is putting Medicare at risk." ...

Corbett wrong to oppose Medicaid expansion — Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial

With a $27 billion state budget, Pennsylvania should be able to spend less than 1 percent of that amount to make sure 600,000 of its most vulnerable citizens have their basic health-care needs met. ...

Gov. Christie should not turn down Medicaid expansion funds — Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger Editorial

Gov. Chris Christie says he’s not an indecisive guy, so why is he dragging out this drama? ...

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