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Medicaid: Gaming the System

We hear from all quarters that health care is a complex issue and solutions are difficult to implement. One political faction argues for a “single payer” command control Health Care system. Conservatives like to point out that we haven’t had an unfettered health care market place since 1965 and the problems we have today with […]

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“Fake News” – In Defense of Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin

Late last week Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin posed with and then removed on Facebook a brief meeting she had with two members of The Three Percenters. This group is described by Jeff Taggert in his most recent Idaho Politics Weekly post as being “wacky and extremist at best”. The group met with and posed […]

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Conservative or Progressive – It’s Your Choice

When I listen to progressive socialists talk about morality, I first have to ask what is the bases of their moral position? When 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? Thomas Aquinas defined the […]

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Why Legislative Do-Gooders Hurt More than Help

Minimum wage and Medicaid Expansion are programs designed to help those on the margin. Unfortunately, those who seem to assume a position of moral superiority—in days past, they were called “do-gooders”—don’t understand the lessons of economic history and don’t realize that the programs that are supposed to help those in need actually hurt innocent citizens […]

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Would You Take the Life of an Unborn Child?

Any discussion regarding abortion rights should acknowledge certain fundamental truths. First of all, there is no sin greater than God’s Love and Grace. God loves us and wants us to experience his love. My Quaker Grandmother told me to always look into the faces of people—strangers and those we hold close and understand that each […]

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The Medical Problems with Legalizing Marijuana

One of many definitions of a “libertarian” is that they are a fiscal conservative and a social progressive. Historically libertarian political philosophy is predicated on the US Constitutional principles of reserving whenever possible political power to the people and the States as secured in our 9th and 10th Amendments in our Constitution—the so called “Federalist […]

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Health Care: Cost vs Price

We are so lucky to live in a State where we have an incredible group of health care 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 were two recent […]

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What is Virtue Signaling?

I never heard of the term “virtue signaling” until last Sunday when I listened to news reports about the confrontation between the Covington Kentucky Catholic High School students and the Native American Elder. Now I know what “virtue signaling” is all about. In retrospect, I have probably been guilty of “virtue signaling” myself, maybe even […]

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Single Payer Medical Care is not the Answer

Over the past 7 years and since the time of the passage of the ACA, I have listened without interjecting myself into the debate about the efficacy of moving forward with—Medicaid Expansion, SHIP, and Access to Health Care to those on the margin. This year the debate surrounding Health Care will begin to discuss once […]

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Health Care is neither a Right nor a Common Good

Last weekend was a great moment in time for the State of Idaho. Seeing power being transferred to a new generation of Idahoans and fresh young legislators eager to represent their constituents is always uplifting. Unfortunately, we heard the echoes of past debates when proponents of Medicaid Expansion again asserted that all people have a right […]

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“Governmentalist” – Another word for Government Healthcare

Last week I took a trip back to my home State. I helped teach a group of military surgeons from all over the world at the National Center for Medical Readiness at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton Ohio. We had several hours at the end of the course to talk about the State of […]

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Liberalism is a Disease

For years I have tried to relate my own personal experiences with friend’s colleagues and family members and the events being played out politically today. It is said that “all politics is local” My mother and father came from a generation that lived through the great depression and World War II. They realized through real-life […]