Wyoming Liberty Group
It was painful to sit in December’s Labor Committee meeting and listen to the Department of Health and others advocate for Medicaid expansion. This is such a terrible idea in so many ways that it is hard to know where to begin explaining what is wrong with it.
We get help from Gillette’s Doctor John Mansell, who is on the front lines treating patients now on Medicaid. I attach the testimony he sent to the Committee so you can get this information first hand.
by Jason Gay
For all of its fanfare, it is hard to identify any success associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—Obamacare. There has been a great deal of media coverage over the false statements leading up to the law’s passage. The arrogance that underlies the mindset of making decisions in the personal lives of others has been exmplified in the person of Jonathan Gruber. Yet, the big threats of the law have escaped that sort of protracted discussion.
The 2015 Wyoming Legislative Session is nearly one month away, and the Legislative Service Office (LSO) is busy finalizing bills and posting them online. Since this will be a full legislative session that will last 40 days, every bill will be introduced (in budget sessions every other year, a 2/3 vote in one house is required to introduce a bill). Although bills can die in many ways, usually in a general session each bill at least gets a hearing before its assigned committee. At the time of this writing, ten bills were available, already promising lively discussions on turning the Quebec 1 missile alert facility into a historic site and when to treat road kill as game. Perhaps most interesting so far, however, is Senate File 3, “Right to Try.”
In an editorial from October 24, the Casper Star Tribune attacks alleged wage discrimination. Citing statistics that women in general earn less than men, the newspaper predictably calls for more government intervention as the universal solution. That solution, says the Tribune, would be “fair schedules and paid sick leave so that workers with care giving responsibilities are not unfairly disadvantaged”.
There is a lot of misinformation and, possibly, disinformation out there on Ebola. There is also a bit of panic. As a former firearms instructor, I can tell you that panic is exactly the wrong response to a problem, whether it is ten feet away or ten thousand miles away.
When government creates a spending program, it also makes a promise to taxpayers. So long as the sum total of those promises is small and government limited to protecting life, liberty and property, we have good reasons to believe that government can deliver on its promises. However, the more promises government makes, the fewer of those promises it will be able to keep.
As government promises reach into income redistribution and services like health care, the distance between promise and provision grows into a chasm.