Health care in this country sucks, and the federal legislation passed March 21 will only improve it slightly. What won’t improve health care is for the states to sue the federal government to undo what has been passed, but that’s exactly what happened March 23 when 13 states, including Utah, filed a lawsuit in Florida. But this isn’t a legal dispute—it’s political grandstanding wrapped in the increasingly worn shroud of states’ rights that will only have one practical impact: Utah taxpayers will end up paying for yet another pointless court battle.
The hits keep coming from former House Majority Leader Kevin Garn, who resigned from the Legislature after admitting to hot-tubbing naked with a 15-year-old girl in 1985 and later paying her $150,000. On March 22, it was revealed that in 2006 he was arrested outside of the Red Lion Hotel in Salt Lake City after passing out, apparently drunk, in his car. He did not take a test for blood alcohol, but did conduct a field sobriety test. He later pleaded guilty to alcohol-related reckless driving, less than two months after being elected to a second stint in the Utah Legislature. Had Garn admitted this crime on the House floor, he would not have received a standing ovation. Massaging a naked underage girl, however, would still get a pass.