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Health Care

Hundreds of thousands of Utahns stand to be affected by upcoming changes in health care policy. The Affordable Care Act is under attack and basic health services are in danger of disappearing. The phrase “pre-existing condition” might send shivers down your spine. 

We believe that no one should have to choose between vital medical services and putting food on the table for their families. ABU continuously monitors the status of health care, both in Washington and on Utah’s Capitol Hill to keep you informed and to provide a voice for those who need it most. 

Read the Report

Check out the report from the ABU Education Fund on how Utahns feel about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, along with their tragic stories.

See the Memorial Clock

Every day the Utah Legislature continues to refuse to fully expand Medicaid means that more Utahns are needlessly suffering, and some are losing their lives.

Latest Blog Posts and News

“Is Anyone Among You Suffering?”

But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 1 John 3:17 As the healthcare debate has raged around us for the past few months, this scripture has often been in my mind and led…

Let’s Talk About Health Care

I want to talk to the people out there who think the free market is the answer to our healthcare crisis. But first: what is the free market? Well, generally, it’s a transparent and competitive marketplace where a willing buyer and willing seller can engage in an informed transaction. Sounds just like buying a cell…

Lee ‘not ready’ to support Senate health care bill, could be one of few GOP holdouts

Sources: Deseret News and KSL.com Utah Sen. Mike Lee is one of four Republicans who say they are “not ready” to vote in favor of the party’s health care reform legislation after it was unveiled in the U.S. Senate on Thursday. “Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this…

2017 Interim Session – Healthcare Update

Health Reform Task Force – June 18 With Congress still debating the future of the Affordable Care Act and an expected vote coming soon in the Senate on the American Health Care Act, it is no wonder that health reform is one of the main topics on the agenda over the course of the Interim…

Key benchmarks in President Donald Trump’s budget

Source: X News Press Nutritional assistance will be cut by $192 billion and overall welfare programs will be sliced by $272 billion, The New York Times reported. The President’s first major budget proposal, which assumes the Medicaid savings in the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) will be passed, would make $800 billion in cuts to…

Trump budget proposal cuts programs used by hundreds of thousands in Utah

Source: Fox 13 President Donald Trump’s first budget unveiled Tuesday proposes steep cuts to social safety net programs used by hundreds of thousands of Utahns, according to critics. Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, presented the plan differently, saying they will simply not raise the budget for many of the…

Op-ed: Rep. Love works for those who need health care

Source: Deseret News Politicians are notorious for making promises. Their campaigns and time in office are full of grandiose visions they claim will only come to fruition if elected or re-elected. However, most of the promises politicians carelessly make during their stump speeches eventually run into the realities of the political process, unforeseen consequences, or…

Press Release – BETTER UTAH RESPONDS TO FAILURE OF AHCA

Salt Lake City, UT – After failing to secure sufficient votes to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill moments before it was scheduled for a vote. Chase Thomas, Better Utah’s policy and advocacy counsel, issued the following statement: “The defeat of the AHCA is a…

Press Release – BETTER UTAH CALLS ON UTAH REPRESENTATIVES TO OPPOSE AHCA

Salt Lake City, UT – Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives postponed a vote scheduled for later today on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The AHCA is House Republicans’ effort to fulfill their longtime campaign promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare.” Negotiations in securing sufficient Republican…

RadioActive: January 11, 2017

Source: KCPW Community Co-Host Nick Burns and Lara Jones talk with Taylor Mac about 24 decades of popular music and social change; Prof. Amos Guiora, SJ Quinney College of Law, about developments in the relationship between Israel and the U.S. during the transition of presidential administrations; Josh Kanter, Alliance for a Better Utah, and Jason Stevenson of…

Wednesday Pick-Me-Up – August 31

It’s Wednesday. Need a pick-me-up? Wednesday Addams (ahem, Madison) here to deliver that little boost to get you through the rest of the week! Read on and be delighted…and maybe a little frustrated. When it comes to politics, there’s usually a combo of the two. *** “Chappatte on Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal” *** “Men: Stop…

Gov’s Healthy Utah Plan hits a hurdle at task force meeting

Salt Lake City — The Utah Legislature’s Health Reform Task Force opted today for more of the same by passing a motion not to recommend Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan. Herbert’s plan would provide insurance, at minimal cost to the state, to tens of thousands of Utahns who earn less than other Utahns. In light…

Shepherd: It’s time to act on Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan

Poor health is often the first link in a chain of increasingly worse hardships, including job loss, bankruptcy and homelessness, but access to affordable health care can disrupt that chain of events, argued former Congresswoman and Better UTAH Board Member Karen Shepherd in a weekend op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune. Our health is the keystone to our…

On political end zone dances

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– When a football player makes a touchdown they sometimes perform what is known as an end zone dance.  The player is excited, they just scored a goal, they want to revel a bit, so many of them…

Silence on Utah’s Capitol Hill over Gov’s Health Plan

Salt Lake City — Despite a new poll showing overwhelming support for Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan, legislators were silent about expanding health care during their monthly interim session today. Maryann Martindale, executive director of good government group Alliance for a Better UTAH, has released the following statement, calling for urgency in considering health care…

Gov’s health care plan shows compassion, pragmatism

Salt Lake City–The political battle between House Speaker Becky Lockhart and Governor Gary Herbert reached a crescendo today with the unveiling of Herbert’s plan to provide healthcare to poor Utahns. In sharp contrast to Lockhart’s plan, Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan would cover 111,000 people by offering subsidies to purchase private insurance. The Alliance for a…

Kanter: Obamacare is the result of a grand bargain

Better UTAH Founder Josh Kanter took to the opinion section of the Salt Lake Tribune this weekend to discuss Obamacare and Senator Mike Lee’s obstructionism. Despite the fact that Obamacare is now the law of the land, it is apparent that Lee just can’t abide the bargain contained in the plan, and this speaks to…

Access to health care improves employee productivity

How will the Affordable Care Act improve my company? This is a question often asked by small businesses across the nation. It is an important question because when growing a business, to be successful, you need to keep your cost low and your revenue high. A common concern with the new healthcare law is that…

My View: What’s in a name? Obamacare vs. Affordable Care Act

Better UTAH intern Boo Reiser penned an OpEd over the weekend in the Deseret News discussing the Affordable Care Act. He argues that pragmatism should trump ideology in the healthcare debates, even though it rarely does. As a senior studying health communication at the University of Utah, I’ve had numerous discussions about American health care…

New jobs expected with Medicaid expansion

I was recently speaking to a friend about Medicaid expansion. We both agreed this is a matter that goes beyond providing healthcare for more than 140,000 individuals in Utah. We discussed issues such as appropriate qualifications for Medicaid, alternatives of utilizing the promised funds from Washington, if it is wise waiting to expand and whether…