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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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Tick, tick, tick. The money Utah is leaving on the table by not expanding Medicaid.

Gov. Gary Herbert and the Legislature are still fussing over whether, when and how much the state of Utah will finally force itself to take by expanding Medicaid, the program that provides health care coverage for the poor.

As well as how to launder the money through the same private, for-profit health insurance companies that have made the whole American health care system the shame of the civilized world.

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Because Utah did not just accept the expanded Medicaid funding at the first of the year, we’ve already lost $8.7 million — and counting — that would have started by helping poor families and circulated through the Utah economy over and over.

Shameful.

The above counter is provided by an outfit called Community Catalyst. Thanks, folks. You can get one for your website/blog at http://www.communitycatalyst.org/ .

( h/t @Jeandioslc )



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