Medicaid expansion has unintended consequences

The debate over whether or not to expand Medicaid insurance coverage, or for that matter the debate over Obamacare in entirety, is a series of one compromise over another. But despite all the efforts to find a “middle ground,” nothing is being done to address the root incentive problems in the health care services market. The most recent compromise is the agreement Indiana reached with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will require new Medicaid recipients in that state to pay at least $1, and up to 2 percent, of their monthly insurance premiums from this government
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Another argument against ‘Add the Words’ proposal

There are many good reasons to oppose “adding the words” to Idaho’s human rights amendment. Not the least among these reasons is that discrimination is part of human life and the free market deals with discrimination in the least socially disruptive way. We discriminate when we shop at Albertson’s rather than Fred Meyer, when we rent to the married couple with steady jobs instead of the cohabiting couple on unemployment, or when we choose to attend the Shakespeare festival instead of the movies. Discrimination also has a price: If consumers or employers limit the range of their choices, the seller
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Executions should not be made even less transparent

A bill sitting in the Senate Judiciary & Rules committee is referred to by the shortcut, “Executions, confidentiality,” but Senate Bill 1005 is confusing confidentiality with a lack of transparency and accountability. Regardless of whether you support the death penalty on principle, intentionally ending a human life is inarguably one of the most serious decisions a government will ever make. Attempting to conceal the details of such a grave decision and process is something we would expect to see under an old-school, totalitarian dictatorship, not a modern government ostensibly by and for the people. There are three concerning components to
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Medicaid expansion is immoral, Gov. Kasich

Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio recently came to Boise to promote a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Noting that the federal government is $18 trillion in debt, Kasich properly warns this financial liability is a millstone around the necks of our children. “If this continues, we’re going to see our children have to do things that are not right – have to pay bills for the way we’re living today,” the governor said at a press conference. At the end of his remarks, our news unit, IdahoReporter.com, asked Kasich about the contradiction in his support for Medicaid
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Poll: Idahoans oppose Medicaid expansion, won’t support legislators who do

A new poll finds Idahoans are decidedly opposed to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Idaho, and that almost two-thirds of voters would be less likely to re-elect a legislator who supports Medicaid expansion. The poll was commissioned by the Foundation for Government Accountability and the Idaho Freedom  Foundation. The survey found that, when first asked about Medicaid expansion, 46 percent of voters say they’re opposed to Medicaid expansion, 39 percent are supportive and the rest are undecided. “Idahoans don’t want Medicaid expansion. They don’t want more Obamacare and they don’t want to enact another program that competes for precious taxpayer resources,”
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