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Republican Medicaid Meltdown

Utah gets some good news this week.We start with the good after learning that Rep. Rob Bishop WILL NOT seek another term representing Congressional District 1. We follow that up with a discussion on the Trump Administration's rejection of Utah's Medicaid waiver and what that means with Utah Democratic Healthcare Caucus chair Ryan Jensen. Plus, Pinkies Up, Thumbs Down and This Week's Events. This one is meaty!


Listen to this week's episode here:

https://www.junctioncitypodcast.com/podcast/episode/74d9d153/republican-medicaid-meltdown

Gone, Bishop, Gone: Rob Bishop Hangs It Up... Maybe

Utahn's in Congressional District 1 (That's you, Weber county) got word this week that Rep. Rob Bishop would not seek re-election next year, keeping to his commitment at town halls last year. However, Rep. Bishop was still noncommittal on whether he was considering a run for Governor in 2020.


Below is an article from the Standard-Examiner, where he shares his thoughts:

https://www.standard.net/news/government/rep-rob-bishop-says-he-will-not-run-for-reelection/article_5d9d7c29-0ffc-5786-bb79-4b7b6bc02f54.html


Action:

Email Utah Democrats state chair Jeff Merchant and Weber Democrats county chair Zach Thomas to learn what they're doing to recruit a serious candidate who is going to work to win this seat.


Jeff Merchant

Email: jeffmerchant@utdem.org


Zach Thomas

Email: weberdemocrats@gmail.com


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Trump Administration Rips the Catheter Right Out of

Utah Republicans' Basterdized Medicaid Plan

Utah, also, learned of the fate of the gutted remnants of Proposition 3 last week, with the Trump Administration turning down the state to cover less people for more money. Ryan Jensen, chair of the Utah Democrats Healthcare Caucus, joined us to talk about what this means and what's the way forward.


Below is an article from the Salt Lake Tribune on what happened:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2019/07/27/we-probably-have/


Ryan notes a few graphs below that show where federal tax dollars go to subsidize health care:



The full report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) can be found at the link below:

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/2019-05/55268-FederalHealthSubsidiesIn12Slides.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1LC8YT9BLYnBXlR4qyQg90QqpWiYbevr1-6tDrMiLRrduxiFbmDFdGBrM


Ryan also mentions a Medicaid expansion rally at the Capitol building this week:

https://www.facebook.com/events/497390404357239/


Action:

Call your state reps and ask them what happens now. Let them know you're paying attention.


Not sure who your state representative is? Visit Vote.utah.gov to find out and get in contact with them.

Upcoming Events


Wednesday, July 31st

Kingmaker's Uncle Joe Debate Watch Party

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Weber Democrats Offices

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Thursday, August 1st - Saturday, August 3rd

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(373 E 25th Street, Ogden, UT 84401)


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(4795 E 2600 N, Eden, UT 84310)


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