Idaho’s rugged independence hangs in the balance with Prop 2

Wayne Hoffman Articles

Often when I look at old photographs and read about Idaho’s early settlers, I’m surprised by their glowing descriptions of the land in its territorial and early statehood days. I anticipate journals that are besieged with stories of death, disease, and despair. They’re not.  It makes me wonder, if we have it so much better than they ever did, why …

Support from Planned Parenthood, Pelosi makes Prop 2’s Medicaid expansion  an easy decision

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Planned Parenthood, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Nancy Pelosi love Medicaid expansion. So if you love them, you’ll love Proposition 2. The issue is no more complicated than that. To understand the choice between a yes or no vote on Proposition 2, ask yourself why Medicaid expansion has the support of people and organizations diametrically at odds with Idaho values. …

Medicaid expansion costs based on projected 10-year economic boom

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Whatever you do, don’t make a move. Because the slightest decline in Idaho’s economy will collapse the estimate of how much money Medicaid expansion is expected to cost Idaho taxpayers. Milliman’s projections assume that Idaho’s unemployment rate will remain at 2.9 percent for the next 10 years. Please read that sentence again, slowly. All the reports you’ve heard or read …

Passing Proposition 2 won’t return Idaho’s money to Idaho

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In the newly released state voter guide and in TV ads, Medicaid expansion proponents claim that Proposition 2 will bring Idaho taxpayer money back to Idaho. Wrong. Under Obamacare, that is not even close to how Medicaid or its expansion works.    Idahoans for Healthcare wrote, “Idahoans send hundreds of millions of dollars in federal taxes to Washington, D.C., but, …

Jim Jones criticizes the national debt—but supports billions more in Obamacare spending

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Retired Supreme Court Justice Jim Jones is trying to have it both ways. On the one hand, Jones worries about the ballooning national debt, which now sits at a staggering $21 trillion. He complained in a recent article that there’s an insufficient flock of Republican deficit hawks in the congressional nest. If there were more deficit hawks, he posits, America …

Hospitals that can’t explain costs shouldn’t be trusted to predict Obamacare’s price tag

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It’s ironic that Idaho’s big hospitals can’t tell you how much a medical procedure will cost but they have perfect clairvoyance to declare that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion will save Idaho money. Well, here’s some advice for ya: Don’t trust the cost estimates from an industry that can’t explain why it charges $630 for a Band-Aid. The Idaho Hospital Association’s members …