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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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Extension of remarks: Obamacare shouldn’t Obamacave ...

So a bunch of folks, including Bill Clinton, tell Barack Obama to keep his If-you-like-you-health-plan-you-can-keep-it promise. And he does, sorta.

So a bunch more folks don’t like that:

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Sub-par health policies didn’t deserve rescue — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

"This is one time when Bill Clinton should have kept his mouth shut.

"Despite the eloquent explainer-in-chief’s assistance in getting Barack Obama re-elected president last year, the 42nd president (who hopes to be the husband of the 45th president) really put his foot in it the other day when he agreed with the Chicken Little chorus of voices saying that the Affordable Care Act shouldn’t have canceled a few million insurance-in-name-only policies.

"So, under huge pressure not just from those long sworn to frustrate his every move, but also from his fellow Democrats, Obama caved in and allowed non-compliant policies to be extended for another year.

"That was at least as big a mistake as the whole If-you-like-your-insurance-you-can-keep-it mess. ..."

Washington state right to forge ahead with health policies — Seattle Times Editorial

"Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s decision not to extend old health insurance policies is the right one. The state has done the hard work on its health exchange and should not slow down."

Kicking Obamacare’s problems down the road — Los Angeles Times Editorial

"Allowing people to keep their current policies for another year, even if the coverage falls short of the law’s requirements, is a desperate attempt to fulfill a promise Obama never should have made."

Related:

­— Quality health care will bring down costs — Robert Bennett | For the Deseret News

"... Part D has surprised everyone by costing significantly less than was projected when it was passed. (How many government programs do you know of where that has been true?) Those of us who supported it believed that the wider use of drugs, for which Medicare previously did not pay, would help many older patients avoid more expensive treatment in hospitals, for which Medicare has always paid. We predicted that Part D would produce a net cost saving, and there is a significant amount of anecdotal evidence that says we were right. ..."

Insurance’s forgotten lesson is that we all help each other — Des Moines Register Editorial

"The health reform law has many benefits — from ending insurance company practices that are anti-consumer to expanding Medicaid to cover more people. One benefit is being overlooked: Americans are finally learning how insurance works. ..."

Governors: How we got Obamacare to work — Jay Inslee, Steve Beshear And Dannel P. Malloy | Special to The Washington Post

"In our states - Washington, Kentucky and Connecticut - the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," is working. Tens of thousands of our residents have enrolled in affordable health-care coverage. Many of them could not get insurance before the law was enacted.

"People keep asking us why our states have been successful. Here’s a hint: It’s not about our websites. ..."

Hurricane Katrina killed more than 1,800. Obamacare’s Web site doesn’t work yet. Stop comparing them. — Ezra Klein | Wonkbook | The Washington Post



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