Category Archives: Policy

Rationing Health Care

Earlier this month, as the curve of Covid cases climbed nationally, but specifically, here in Idaho, hospital officials warned of the possibility of rationing health care. Some hospitals have closed their ICUs and diverted patients, and had significant trouble finding … Continue reading

Posted in Health Care, Policy, Reflection | Leave a comment

Religious Shield

If you haven’t kept up with this tragedy in South East Idaho, I’m sorry to have to relate this tale. You could Google it for yourself. Lori Vallow and her new husband, Chad Daybell have been arrested.  They are in … Continue reading

Posted in Idaho Politics, Policy | Leave a comment

Taxes, not Death

Taxes, not Death As the Covid cases climb around us, the ICU capacities max out, businesses struggle and many are touched by this illness, our legislative leaders have decided we must do something “structural” about property tax. At least that’s … Continue reading

Posted in Idaho Politics, Policy | Leave a comment

The Tax Man Cometh

It’s a stark contrast to watch legislators propose some dramatic tax policy changes then read the Boise State Public Policy Survey. I attended a Republican traveling town hall a few weeks back and there was lots of talk about property … Continue reading

Posted in Idaho Politics, Policy | Leave a comment

OK, Now What’s it Cost?

In a noble effort, Idaho Representative John Vander Woude is bravely standing up to the bully majority voting public and protecting his fellow aggrieved minority legislators. He has vowed to fight the will of the “uninformed” voters. “We don’t always … Continue reading

Posted in Health Care, Idaho Politics, Policy | Leave a comment

Sideboards, Springboards, or Spanking Boards?

I understand the Idaho legislature has twisted shorts with the Medicaid Expansion initiative approved by 61% of Idahoans. They sat on their hands for six years and did nothing. They might have nodded quietly three years ago that those in … Continue reading

Posted in Health Care, Idaho Politics, Policy | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Pain and Suffering

Idaho can’t say we’re winning the war against accidental opioid deaths, but we’re fighting a good fight. As you can see, the numbers are climbing. If you want a very in depth and excellent analysis of the situation, read this … Continue reading

Posted in Health Care, Idaho Politics, Policy | Leave a comment

The Idaho Way?

Brad Little has made many statements about how we need to do Medicaid Expansion “The Idaho Way”. The first time I heard it I smiled. The second time I smirked. The third time, I rolled my eyes. C’mon Brad, just … Continue reading

Posted in Health Care, Idaho Politics, Policy | Leave a comment

Loyalty: Medical This Time

I really do value loyalty, despite the things I say about it both last week and this. It’s just that I think we need loyalty to values or ideals, not people or groups. I hate taxes as much as the … Continue reading

Posted in Health Care, Idaho Politics, Policy | Leave a comment

State of the State

  When Governor Little addresses the legislature Jan 7th with his budget address he’ll be hard pressed to beat Butch Otters charm or delivery. I hope he feels no pressure to. But Brad will have a chance to strike a … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Idaho Politics, Policy | Leave a comment