Jack's a Classy Dude and we're lucky to have him around!
Thank you for putting the address in the digital addition. You might want to do the same in the print addition. A common problem in BW ads and articles
Good to see that family get some exposure like this. Nice people. I love browsing and shopping at their quaint little boutique store.
“Fuzzy Math” by State Health Exchange Ignores Idaho Solutions
Ever notice when you go to a McDonald’s you see the number telling you how many billions of hamburgers people bought? Why does it matter? Because it indicates customer interest in its products.
Taxpayers are spending $4,271 for a person to complete an application ($20.3 mi./4,753 people) on the state health exchange. If you divide the $20.3 million taxpayers gave the state exchange by the 4,753 people who actually completed an application, that works out to the nearly $4,300 per application.
Amy Dowd, the state exchange’s executive director told the Boise Weekly the exchange had 70,000 “unique visitors” to its website. She claims people are “very interested,” given Idaho has 200,000 people who are uninsured. But only 4,753 people out of 70,000 people completed an application – a mere 6.8%. Even worse, we have no idea how many people actually bought a health plan. 338 “selected a plan,” but we don’t know if any of them paid any money.
What matters in business is not how many people visit your website, express interest in your product, or even “complete an application” for your product. What matters is how many people buy your product. And that’s a mystery with Idaho’s state exchange.
Because we tied ourselves to the federal system, we are now paying the price. We have plenty of tech firms in Idaho who could design a centralized web portal, and align available health plans to potential buyers. And I doubt they would need $20.3 mi. (let alone the $50 mi. more they’re asking for). We need Idaho solutions to solve Idaho problems. Thank you.
How surprising and refreshing!
Another liar... er...lawyer cum-politician.
This interview played out like the lawyer was a coached witness.
All answers carefully rehearsed with in-layed Tea Party scripture.
It's too bad these guys can't be hit between the eyes by the 'independent' Weekly interviewers.
If they could, some of this scripture would collapse on itself.
At the same time I understand well that one of the primary reasons that lawyers are attracted to politics is because they have an attraction to and propensity for building a convincing case around virtually any issue they are paid to prosecute or defend.
These are the ingredients to bake a great political career.
Slick Willie comes to mind here.
This makes it tough for a non-lawyer interviewer to degrease the interviewee.
Mr. Smith 'potentially' goes to Washington having stated the following:
"MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell calls Idaho "the Vatican of Republicanism." And Congressman Simpson's record doesn't fit into that "
All one can utter at this is God Help U.S.!!!
A couple of questions for Amy that the interviewer was too 'polite' to ask:
Since the House of Lords and Commons didn't want Obamacare at all, how does it feel to be administering a program that was forced on the state against the will of the state's leaders?
Given that his lordship refused to accept the Federal money for a medicaid increase in Idaho, what is your feeling about those who, as a result, will now be deprived from receiving any health insurance?
Some of the critics of Obamacare claim that it is just a cash giveaway to the insurance companies, in that it mandates the purchase of specific levels of coverage for every citizen not covered by medicare. What is your opinion on this claim?
His lordship stated that the reason he wanted to have a state exchange was to have more control over the process. Can you give some specifics on what advantages will result from the state's control of the exchange?
It's been made clear by the national leadership of the Republican party that their goal is to de-fund and repeal the Obamacare legislation. If this occurs how will you feel about the people that your organization has already enabled to become insured for the first time?
And of course there are many more.
But this is a good start.
WOW! That's awesome, guys, congratulations!
I might have to hold my nose and declare that I'm a Republican, to vote for Mr. Smith in the primary. I'm glad that mostly he's talking about FISCAL conservatism; runaway government spending is the #1 issue for this citizen.
Simpson boasts his 8 terms... uh, what has the National Debt done in those 8 years? Either he's part of the problem, or he's proven himself ineffective at fighting it. And 16 years makes him a career politician rather than a citizen legislator.
PLUS - Bryan Smith's website says he's a cyclist in his off time. That would be enough to sway this single-issue voter! (Haha)
I'm on board. Mr. Smith is right. Mr. Simpson follows along more with what Mr. Boehner want than what his constituents want. People often argue that a freshman will be ineffective and that Mr Simpson is a rainmaker for federal funds in Idaho. How well has that worked for INL in Idaho? When Simpson was elected INL was north of 10,000 workers. Today the INL trending towards less than 5,000.
It's time for Mr Simpson to come back to Idaho and rediscover his roots.
Great work, Shaun, in keeping a great building alive in Boise!
Excellent and articulate interview with a fellow bishop and friend who grows in stature every day. --- Todd Ousley, Bishop of Eastern Michigan (Episcopal)
I'm shocked! Shocked I tell you! How in the world did a level headed, intelligent conservative such as Mr. Epstein ever get published in the Boise Weekly? And slamming our willful destruction of American Aliskyite president too-boot! Oh the humanity. Bolshevik Bill Cope must be frantically hammering out an seething indictment of the B.W. staff who so obviously broke ranks with it's lock-step liberal tunnel vision philosophy. How can the Boise Weekly live with the shame?
I had the pleasure of attending a Hillary Care symposium in Boston at which Mr Epstein was guest speaker. Best speaker I've ever heard.
Cantor, Ryan, Regan....mmmmkkkkaaaayyyy.....this guy lost credibility in just 3 names
Brian has developed into one of the best fire fighters and leaders within his profession that I can ever remember knowing in my carrier with the Forest Service. Stay safe and always be aware of your surroundings, Dad
Sooo Coool! Congrats Mac!!
Great story and congratulations to Mac and Kellie, thanks for representing Idaho!
On behalf of Bronco Nation....thank you Curt Apsey. Keep up the great work!
I agree with only one part of the comments. Injuries kept ALL pro players on the shelf for a period of time while in the NFL. The level of play and dedication should never be overlooked. I know if coach Lombardi was around today Jerry Kramer's name into the hall would be tops on his list, a true player from day one till retirement. Good luck with your efforts to get him into the HAF, richly deserved.
Good for her. It's about who's in charge and enjoying what you do. Her kids and grandkids should be proud of her. Brava!
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