Janice McGeachin and the scandal that wasn’t

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Articles

By Dr. John M. Livingston | Medical Policy Adviser Late last week, Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin posed with and then posted on Facebook pictures she had taken with two members of The Three Percenters. This group is described by Steve Taggart in his most recent Idaho Politics Weekly post as “wacky and extremist at best.”  The two men met …

How socialized medicine hurts everyone

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By Dr. John M. Livingston | Medical policy adviser We hear from all quarters that healthcare is a complex issue and solutions are difficult to implement. One political faction argues for a single-payer, command-control healthcare system. Conservatives like to point out that we haven’t had an unfettered healthcare marketplace since 1965 and the problems we have today with costs, quality, …

Progressives and their morality

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Articles

By Dr. John M. Livingston | Medical Policy Adviser When I listen to progressive socialists talk about morality I first have to ask, What is the basis of their moral position? If someone says a “bridge is immoral” I have to ask, how can a thing be immoral? A person or idea can be immoral. Can a hamburger be immoral? …

Minimum wage and Medicaid expansion

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By Dr. John M. Livingston | Medical Policy Adviser Minimum wage laws and Medicaid expansion are intended to help those on the margin.  Unfortunately, those who assume a position of moral superiority don’t understand or choose to ignore the lessons of economic history and don’t realize that the programs that are supposed to help those in need actually hurt citizens …

Senate Joint Resolution 101— Marsy’s Law

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff 2019 Senate bill ratings

By Phil Haunschild and Fred Birnbaum Bill description: SJR 101 would propose an amendment to the Idaho Constitution to expand the rights of crime victims in the state. Rating: -1 Analysts’ Note: Last year, HJR 8 proposed similar victim protection amendments to the state constitution. However, it also included language which specified that the state government was not creating these …

A few observations about our broken healthcare system

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Articles

By Dr. John M. Livingston | Medical Policy Adviser We are so lucky to live in a state where we have an incredible group of healthcare providers.  Doctors, nurses, and technicians, family nurse practitioners, and physician assistants are as knowledgeable and skilled as any place in the world, and I have practiced all over the world. That being said, there …