Healthcare

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. 

Better Utah Op-Ed
Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah in the News

Katie Matheson: Parents should not face pandemic alone

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. I’m a parent. And like many parents, I often struggle to know what is best for my kids. That comes with the territory of parenting regardless of global events, but is especially true during a pandemic. My latest challenge — knowing whether or not to send …

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Better Utah InternsBlog

Prioritizing people during a pandemic

Chiara Kim is a policy intern with Alliance for a Better Utah. My non-verbal, autistic brother moved into a group home when he was 14. In the six years since, my family has been grateful for the services that state funding has helped provide. The residential staff, behavioral therapist, day …

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Better Utah StaffBlog

The free market can’t solve all our problems

Over the past several weeks, the United States has been having a long-overdue conversation about policing, including calls for police divestment. As one Dallas police chief expressed back in 2016:  “We’re asking cops to do too much in this country. We are. We’re just asking us to do too much. …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah in the News

Kaysville City Council issues censure letter for Mayor Katie Witt over her push for public concert amid pandemic

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. KAYSVILLE — The Kaysville City Council released a letter of censure Wednesday aimed at Mayor Katie Witt expressing deep concerns for her support of a public concert despite health directives and asking her to resign. The letter is on the agenda for Thursday’s City Council meeting, when …

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Better Utah BoardBlog

How should we rebuild?

Jonathan Ruga is the vice-chair of the Better Utah Board. Brian Jones is director of government relations at Sentry Financial. COVID-19 has impacted our world in extraordinarily negative ways. Millions have been infected, hundreds of thousands have died, many of our healthcare systems have been exposed as grossly inadequate, and …

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Utah’s no-bid COVID-19 buys spur some lawmakers to seek checks on spending power

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — Frustrated by certain multimillion-dollar, no-bid purchases and contracts that state officials have executed as part of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a pair of lawmakers are drafting legislation to bring more transparency and checks to the state’s emergency procurement powers. Rep. Andrew …

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Better Utah StaffBlog

Why is it so controversial to wear a mask?

As the person whose job it is to moderate Alliance for a Better Utah’s social media accounts, I spend an uncomfortable amount of time reading through social media posts and comments. And when it comes to comments about the pandemic and how we as a society survive and heal, it’s …

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Better Utah in the News
Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah in the News

Kaysville City Council passes resolution denouncing a planned protest concert and mayor’s actions to support it

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. The Kaysville City Council — in a revolt against Mayor Katie Witt — was considering turning on sprinklers and cutting power to a city park to stop a protest concert she backed there that openly aimed to defy state COVID-19 restrictions. Word about these possible city actions …

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