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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: Getting Obamacare to work ...

Everybody into the (insurance) pool — George Pyle | the Salt Lake Tribune

"... Choosing to go without insurance, or insisting on the right to keep the kind of junk policies that President Obama was so harshly criticized for cancelling, is highly irresponsible, both as an individual and as a citizen. ..."

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Utah should expand Medicaid for a lot of reasons — David Entwistle | For The Salt Lake Tribune

"... Whether it’s economics or simply considering the well being of so many people in our communities, embracing Medicaid expansion is an option that will benefit our state for years to come."

Utah Spends Far More on Tax Breaks for Business than it Would on Medicaid Expansion — Bryan Schott | UtahPolicy.com

"... Utah would stand to lose $719 million from the feds if the state chooses to not expand Medicare. ... Utah’s Medicaid share in 2022 would be $88 million. The state currently spends about 3-times that amount ($256 million) to lure private businesses to the state."

— What’s your health care solution, Wyo. leaders? — Casper Star-Tribune Editorial

"Gov. Matt Mead again said no to accepting the Medicaid expansion available from the federal government in his Nov. 29 budget message. And again we say, "Fine, but what’s your solution? ..."

Medicaid Expansion the Conservative Thing to Do — Twin Falls (Idaho) Times News Editorial

"Conservatives squirm when they hear "welfare." But by actually expanding Medicaid, conservative state lawmakers would prove their policy actually squares with their rhetoric. ..."

Is your state government killing you? — Dennis D. Embry | For The Arizona Daily Star

"... Where might be a good place to live? Not Mississippi; it’s dead last in lifespan. About 37 percent of Mississippians do not have health insurance.

"Want to live a longer life? Move to such states as Hawaii, Minnesota, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont — places that typically have only about 5 to 10 percent uninsured, before the Affordable Care Act. ..."

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