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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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Corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Avenue H

Avenue H: Utah’s exchange has work to do — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Rather than simply reject Utah’s puny attempt at an online health insurance exchange — which, by law, it had every right to do — the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has graciously offered to work with Gov. Gary Herbert in building the project with the children’s [or not] TV show name into something that will pass statutory, and moral, muster. And it’s going to take some work.

The White House calls Utah’s Obamacare bluff — Sarah Kliff | The Washington Post/Wonkblog ... many health policy observers [were] expecting that the White House would turn down Utah’s application to run an exchange, given that the program they operate now is not compliant with the Affordable Care. Thursday afternoon, however, the opposite happened: The Obama administration approved Utah’s application to run an exchange. So did the White House cave? Not really. Rather, Utah decided to run its exchange more in accordance with the Affordable Care Act. ...

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Utah Faces Off With Obama Over Health Care Reform — Jeffrey Young | Huffington Post ... Despite granting Utah conditional approval, the Obama administration implicitly rejected Herbert’s plea that Avenue H be considered a model for other states and explicitly stressed that Utah’s current arrangement doesn’t meet the federal health care reform law’ standards. The conditional approval is based on a plan Herbert submitted last month. ...

Request to Run Utah’s Version of a State-Based Health Exchange — Letter from Utah to HHS, 72 pages, via Scribd.



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