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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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(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Governor Gary Herbert, along with Dr. W. David Patton, of the Utah Department of Health, at left, announced that he will choose to reject full medicaid expansion, and instead seeks a block grant to help cover poorest Utahns, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
Extension of Remarks: Medicaid caught in political feuding ...

Refusing Medicaid expansion is a dreadful idea — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

"Gov. Gary Herbert’s proposed ‘Healthy Utah’ alternative to the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion is a dog’s dinner of denial, pipe dreams, contempt for the poor and lack of candor with the taxpayers of his state. ..."

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Caring for the poor the Utah way, with responsibility and flexibility — Gov. Gary Herbert | For the Deseret News

"When it comes to taking care of Utahns living in poverty, Utah can craft a better solution than the federal government. ..."

Legislative Medicaid tiffs — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

" ... As we have editorialized in the past, Utah should accept the administration’s offer for Medicaid funding as it is outlined. It makes sense to get tax dollars back, particularly since Obamacare is a costly plan for states. However, both Herbert’s "Healthy Utah" and the Senate plan are a lot better than the House plan, which should be quickly eliminated. It’s ridiculous to deny uninsured Utahns decent health care insurance when the money is there to provide. ..."

Medicaid Expansion, Red-State Style — New York Times Editorial

"Some 20 states have refused to expand their Medicaid programs to cover uninsured low-income people, an important element of the health reform law. Now several states that had been opposed, mostly for ideological reasons, are seeking to cover newly eligible Medicaid beneficiaries through private insurance. ...

" ... The idea makes sense, politically and substantively, provided the coverage is comprehensive and there are safeguards to protect poor people from unaffordable premiums and co-payments. ..."

D’oh! Medicaid expansion is a no-brainer — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

" ...The evidence is overwhelming that expanding Medicaid would do more for the state’s economy than any tax cut, plus save 700 lives a year, plus make people healthier. By failing to act, the Legislature is profoundly insulting the state and all of its residents, rich and poor alike."

Medicaid expansion could ease Louisiana’s budget woes — New Orleans Times-Picayune Editorial

"Gov. Bobby Jindal has a convoluted plan to balance Louisiana’s budget next year by borrowing $50 million in cash from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans to help pay for health care and higher education....

" ...There’s an easier way to bridge the gap in the state budget: Take the $16 billion in additional federal Medicaid money President Obama is offering through the Affordable Care Act...."

Indiana should expand Medicaid — Northwest Indiana Times Editorial

"Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s continued fight against expanding Medicaid coverage for Hoosiers remains a political football. But the ones getting tackled are uninsured Hoosiers. ..."

Medicaid expansion’s demise is a shame — Biloxi (Miss.) Sun-Herald Editorial

"Medical care should be a right afforded to everyone in the state, but our state leaders continue to treat it as though it were a luxury, something that is nice … if you can afford it."

Senseless fight on Medicaid expansion — Virginian Pilot Editorial

" ... A majority of Republicans in Virginia’s part-time legislature take advantage of a law that classifies them as full-time employees. That gives them access to a generous state health insurance benefit, one that’s more lucrative than most in the private sector, even as they deny the use of federal tax dollars to subsidize insurance for up to 400,000 lower-income Virginians. ..."



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