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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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Protesters gather as they march on the Texas capitol, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Protesters demanded that lawmakers expand Medicaid to include an additional 1.5 million poor people. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Opinion Sampler: Expanding Medicaid. ...

Medicaid options: Don’t tie the governor’s hands — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Utah should be among the states that will accept the federal money to expand Medicaid medical coverage to many thousands of our lower-income friends and neighbors. It is the right thing to do from both a fiscal and a humanitarian point of view. Still, it is hard to fault Gov. Gary Herbert, on whose shoulders this significant decision rests, for wanting to take his time and review the options carefully.

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Which is why a bill sprung upon the Utah House the other day, one that would summarily forbid the state from participating in a program that would save both lives and money, is an incredibly bad idea. Herbert properly, if more diplomatically, said as much Thursday. ...

Lawmakers Claim Utahns Don’t Need Health Insurance — Eric Ethington | Utah Political Capital

Head-slap moments are all too common in today’s political discourse, as lawmakers debate over issues they often have no more knowledge on than the general public. But we honestly cannot recall a moment… ever… that left a more permanent dent on our foreheads than after Representative Anderegg’s claim that Utahns don’t need health insurance. ...

Federal budget aside, it would be wrong to leave needy Iowans uninsured — Des Moines Register Editorial

For decades the United States, the richest nation on Earth, left millions of its citizens without health insurance for the simple reason that they were poor and couldn’t afford the premiums. It has been a national embarrassment. ...

Medicaid expansion aims to reduce costs — Prescott Daily Courier Editorial

Healthcare costs lead the list of mind-boggling expenses Americans cope with today, and the multitude of factors driving costs upward are easy to pinpoint but difficult to control.

One particular costly thread that weaves its way through the picture is paying for medical care for the uninsured - those who end up in the emergency room or in the hospital, leaving the rest of us to pick up the tab. ...

Medicare needs to be fixed, not tossed away — Fresno Bee Editorial

... Americans who want to see Medicare preserved should reject the Ryan/House Republicans voucher plan and push President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats to take further steps to rein in Medicare costs. ... [Yes, this one's about Medicare, not Medicaid. Potato. Potatoh.]

McCrory misses chance to lead on Medicaid issue — Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer Editorial

... So what’s the real reason? The usual one: If it comes from President Obama, we don’t want it, and we don’t much care what common sense has to do with it. ...

One more reason for Medicaid expansion —Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial

Don't look for Gov. Corbett to thank the state judge who just ordered him to reinstate funding to provide working-poor Pennsylvanians with greater access to health insurance. But Commonwealth Court President Judge Dan Pellegrini in effect made it that much easier for the governor to adopt the right course on a key health-care policy decision - one that could benefit thousands of Pennsylvania residents now going without adequate medical coverage. ...

On Medicaid, family facts and fantasies — Tampa Bay Times Editorial

Let's get this straight. House Speaker Will Weatherford opposes accepting billions in federal dollars to expand Medicaid and recalls that his family relied on a safety net to pay hospital bills for his brother — and that safety net turned out to be Medicaid. This is hypocritical at best, and Floridians expect more truthfulness and compassion from their elected leaders. ...

Gov. Perry's cruel fantasy — Houston Chronicle Editorial

... It appears Perry would make his 2016 run on the backs of some 6 million Texans without health care insurance. ...



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