With all the wrangling about health care reform most of us are now stupefied and confused. From the single-payer plans of the left and the wild eyed forecasts of doom and death from the right, the average person has incredible difficulty understanding which reforms would be most cost effective and beneficial to the entire population of the US.
Some things are clear, however. Anyone who has required health care because of a catastrophic accident or illness, knows that our present system has failed. That medical bills are a leading cause of personal bankruptcy only emphasizes the failure of the present greed-driven system.
In our current so-called "market-driven" system, health insurance companies knowingly make the contracts and policies as complex as possible because confusion generates higher profits. The belief that market forces will control cost escalation is nonsense. If it were going to happen, insurers and health care providers could have already done it. There has never been real competition in health care, and there never will be competition without major reform.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- More than 100 young Angus and Hereford bulls are on a working vacation at 8,700 feet above sea level in northern New Mexico, chomping on lush, high-meadow grass, helping researchers and ranchers get a handle on a disease that causes 75,000 cattle deaths each year across the West.
In a study by New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Beef Cattle Performance Association, researchers are conducting high-altitude cattle performance testing on the bulls to determine which are susceptible to high altitude disease. The findings could help ranchers develop a genetic line of altitude-resistant cattle.
An estimated 1.5 million cattle are raised annually at high elevations in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico. High-altitude disease -- essentially a bovine equivalent to human hypertension -- impacts herds that graze above 5,000 feet.
President Obama did not make changes as he promised. He did not make any change in the way large banks have senior citizens under their control and he blames President Bush for not doing a good job.
SALT LAKE CITY -- More baby animals are making their debut at Utah's Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City.
The zoo on Tuesday put three male Amur tiger cubs, formerly known as Siberian tigers, on public display. The three were born on June 2 to mother Basha and father Kazek. Since then they've been out of view while they bonded with their mother and gained strength.
Its Basha's first litter and zoo keepers say she's a natural mother. Basha was born at the zoo in 2003.
SALT LAKE CITY -- A tiny southern Utah nonprofit that helps women and children who leave the polygamous lifestyle has received a $40,000 grant from a women's organization affiliate of the national Presbyterian Church.
The funding about doubles the HOPE organization's annual budget. HOPE President Elaine Tyler says the money will fund Jump Start, a life-skills program aimed at helping children ages 6 to 17 build self esteem, develop interpersonal skills and understand mainstream society.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The state is transferring control of a remote canyon filled with prehistoric ruins to the University of Utah for a permanent research installation.
A pending land trade will make university archaeologists permanent stewards of Range Creek Canyon, which stunned the scientific world when it was revealed in 2004. The trade is expected to occur in September.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The conservative anti-tax group Club for Growth has launched a letter-writing campaign to past GOP delegates in Utah urging them to oppose a health care bill sponsored by Republican Utah Sen. Bob Bennett.
The Washington, D.C.-based group also said Tuesday it is launching a television ad that targets Bennett. It wasn't immediately clear how much of the club's $1.2 million national advertising buy would be spent in Utah.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. -- Three transients hopped aboard a locomotive hauling hazardous materials and went on a dangerous joyride in Colorado, authorities said.
The three blew the horn and triggered the emergency brakes, bringing the train to a halt in a western Colorado canyon, authorities said. No damage or injuries were reported in the Saturday night incident, but officials said that setting off the brakes could have led to a derailment.
The Garfield County Sheriff's Department and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway say the three got into an unoccupied "helper" locomotive at the rear of the eastbound train.
OGDEN -- The status of Ogden High football coach Eric Eyre is in limbo after the second-year coach missed last Friday's season-opening game with Murray.
The Ogden School District declined to address the reason for the suspension, but confirmed Eyre was and is suspended due to a personnel issue.
"The coach has a personnel matter that is being worked through," Ogden district spokesperson Donna Corby said on Monday afternoon.
Ogden defeated Murray 32-13 in the season opener on Friday at Maurice Conroy Field. Assistant coach Ian Eyre, who is Eric Eyre's brother, was head coach for the contest. Corby said Ian Eyre continues as acting head coach.
Utah State star Gary Wilkinson is one of a cadre of former players from in-state universities who will or has recently collected a pro basketball paycheck overseas.
Wilkinson, the Western Athletic Conference MVP last season, has signed with Dongbu Promy in the Korean Basketball League in South Korea.
Among the notable players from Utah colleges to play internationally, former Utah State shooting guard Jaycee Carroll, the school's all-time leading scorer, saw the birth of his first child and survived an earthquake in Italy last season and recently left for the Canary Islands, Spain, where he's signed a two-year deal with CB Gran Canaria of the ACB Spanish League. Carroll, who served an LDS mission to Chile, at least has the benefit of speaking the language of his country -- something most American players playing internationally don't do.