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Sen. Mike Lee has a plan

Senator Mike Lee recently announced a five-step plan to fix Congress. That plan, as one might expect, is big on style and light on substance. Isaac Holyoak, Better UTAH communications director, took to the opinion pages of the Salt Lake Tribune to call out some of the inconsistencies in Lee’s plan. At the risk of

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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

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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

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ACA opponents resort to scare tactics; tell youth to opt out

Meet our newest blogger, Erin Mann. Erin has a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science. She’ll be blogging for us throughout the next few months. —– Generation Opportunity has released a new video that badgers young people to “opt out” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The video includes a commercial in which

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Utah governor twiddles thumbs while 130,000 Utahns remain at risk

Salt Lake City — The Alliance for a Better UTAH has released the following statement in response to Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s continued hesitation over whether to expand Medicaid in Utah: “Governor Herbert is delaying a decision on Medicaid expansion until next year because he’s waiting to figure out the ‘actual true costs’ of the

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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

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Better UTAH Beat Episode 58 – July 30, 2013

This is Maryann Martindale of the Alliance for a Better UTAH and welcome to this week’s edition of the Better UTAH Beat. Petulant is a word English inherited from the French. The word is used to describe a person who is childish, sulky, or bad-tempered. Lately it’s being tossed around a lot to describe Utah’s

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Rumple: Medicaid expansion and social welfare

Eric Rumple, analyst and investigator extraordinaire for Better UTAH, penned an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune over the weekend in which he makes the case for expanding Medicaid in Utah. Without Medicaid expansion, a person getting back on his/her feet and earning more income faces a much earlier and abrupt loss of Medicaid, putting

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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

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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

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