Medicaid expansion has unintended consequences

Medicaid expansion in Idaho has been presented by its supporters as a “win-win” scenario with federal money replacing state funds and more people receiving medical coverage. Supporters of expansion can’t seem to bring themselves to consider that there might be unintended consequences. If we bring more able-bodied adults into the medical system, will current participants be displaced or have longer wait times as a result? Even if capacity is added, will it happen quickly enough to offset the added burden placed on the system? Who will pay for that added capacity? The federal money promised as part of the Medicaid
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Idaho last in protecting juvenile records

The Juvenile Law Center (JLC) has released a study rating all 50 states and Washington, D.C., regarding how well they protect the records of juvenile offenders in their criminal systems. The study, which rated each state on both its confidentiality practices and its expungement practices, said that Idaho’s combined score was the worst in the nation, resulting in Idaho being the only state to receive a one-star rating (out of five). According to JLC, “Idaho receives the lowest score because there are no confidentiality protections for juvenile records and very few records are eligible for sealing.” On the issue of
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Watergate, Grubergate … welcome to Weeggate

As much fun as Grubergate is for the conservative media and Obamacare’s detractors, Weeggate is far more important for Idaho taxpayers. On Friday, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s handpicked Medicaid working group voted for the third time to expand government health care—but it doesn’t seem to want you to know that. Dr. Stephen Weeg, a director for Health West in Pocatello, told his panel colleagues that while the state should expand Medicaid, stakeholders shouldn’t use the terms “expand Medicaid” or “Medicaid expansion” to describe the committee’s actions. “Expanding Medicaid sounds like status quo too much,” Weeg said as he cast his
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Net neutrality is socialist, anti-capitalist

I’ve been lucky enough to more or less grow up during with technology in front of me. I’ve had access to some form of the Internet for a long time, and it’s no shock to anyone these days just how much the Internet and expanded access have shaped our world. This is why the issue of net neutrality is mind-numbing to me. Net neutrality, broken down to its essence, is socialistic and clearly anti-capitalist. It is the warped idea that Internet service providers and governments are commanded to treat all data and ancillary information and technology on the Internet equally.
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Broadband lesson: Federal funds do not last forever and for always

In Declo, the high school principal, Roland Bott, says he’s worried for his students. They’re depending on a broadband system that delivers math courses to that southern Idaho school district. Without the course, the 57 students might not be able to take a course that they must take in order to graduate. That’s according to an Associated Press story following up on the aftermath of a judge’s decision to toss out the contract that kept the Idaho Education Network going. The problems with the contract have been simmering for years, and that caught the eye of the federal government, which
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