When both a warm heart and a cold calculation lead to the same conclusion, a desire to do something different can require a great deal of rationalizing.
Such thinking was on display in large measure Thursday when Gov. Gary Herbert hosted a his annual day-long Health Summit in Salt Lake City. Much of the program was devoted to trotting out alternatives to the best next step in health care reform, the one that would help low-income people and save the state millions of dollars. That step would be the full expansion of Medicaid under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Such a move, already embraced in states including Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico, would at once extend health coverage to an estimated 123,000 Utahns who now lack it a number so large that no civilized nation would tolerate it while putting the state's balance sheet $131 million ahead over the next 10 years.