Guest Opinions

Guest Opinions

We need Idaho’s members of Congress to mind Idaho’s moms

Recently, a group of mothers, children and physicians visited Sen. Mike Crapo’s Boise office and met with his staff. We described both inspiring and heartbreaking stories of professional frustration and personal pain. We came with a single, urgent point: Stand with Idaho and vote “no” on the proposed Senate health care bill. Simply put, this bill will hurt Idahoans, especially our oldest, youngest, sickest and poorest. This bill hurts mothers and children. This bill has no heart.

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Unleashing the job-creating potential of the American entrepreneur

Small-business owners need real regulatory relief. They need an advocate to force government agencies to consider the impact of regulations on their businesses. They need a chance to look up from the massive piles of paperwork required by each of the thousands of new regulations passed over the last eight years. And, most importantly, they need Washington out of their way.

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Health care debate needs a dose of transparency and straight talk

Dr. David Pate: Wouldn’t it be refreshing if someone told the American people the truth and said, “The number of insured under the Affordable Care Act was less than the projection by the Congressional Budget Office, but that is because after the CBO estimate, Republicans challenged the law and the Supreme Court ruled that the planned Medicaid expansion in the ACA would have to be left to the discretion of individual states and could not be mandated.”

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Tell Idaho’s senators: No cuts, no caps to Medicaid

Capping federal contributions and cutting overall funding, as the Senate bill proposes, leaves two options: either shift costs to the already stretched state budgets or cut services drastically, which would lead to fewer resources for people with disabilities. Fewer resources means risk for homelessness, forced nursing home or other institutional placements.

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Medicaid cuts pose big threat to Idaho

In May, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The proposed federal law would reverse coverage gains and fiscal savings realized in Idaho since we established our state health exchange in 2014. This exchange has provided coverage to over 90,000 Idahoans (36,179 are in rural areas) and has reduced state and county government spending from $55.3 million in 2012 to $34 million in 2016. As a physician serving rural residents in the Twin Falls area, I know Idaho can’t afford the AHCA.

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Moving the wrong way on energy innovation

The annual White House budget is supposed to represent the president’s values and priorities. Last month, the Trump administration released “A New Foundation For American Greatness.” But when it comes to energy innovation, the president’s plan would pull our foundation out from under us.

Videos

The future of Idaho’s salmon remains as uncertain today as in the 1990s

Rocky Barker, environmental reporter for The Idaho Statesman talks about his upcoming trip to follow endangered salmon from the Pacific to Idaho spawning streams.
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The future of Idaho’s salmon remains as uncertain today as in the 1990s

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Frank Myers' friends didn't want this veteran and neighbor to be forgotten

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