Utah Citizen Activists and Medicaid Expansion

“Karina Andelin Brown, 46, was one of the activists who originally submitted Proposition 3 in November 2017, kicking off the campaign. A stay-at-home parent in Logan, Brown was a lifelong Republican before becoming active in her local Democratic Party in 2016. She ran a long-shot candidacy for the state House of Representatives seat in her northeastern Utah district last year, but lost to the GOP incumbent 76 percent to 24 percent.

Brown is upset the legislature didn’t allow Proposition 3 to take effect as voters approved, but said she’s still glad at least some more Utahns will have access to health care.  

“It shows that Utahns are more progressive than our elected officials,” Brown said. “I hope that Utahns are motivated and take that frustration they feel, or happiness, or excitement, or whatever they feel from this whole process and take it into the 2020 elections.”

Cache Valley United for Change

“Brown said it is important that Cache Valley has a group for people of different political, religious and occupational backgrounds.

“I want us to come together to discuss important issues at the local, state and federal level and learn how to create a habit of civic engagement to create change,” Brown said. “I hope this group will learn how to advocate effectively and influence legislation and policy that will improve the lives of Cache Valley residents.”

Brown ran for Utah House of Representatives District 5 during the last campaign cycle and said that although she didn’t win the election, she has become even more optimistic about the common values Cache Valley residents and Utahns share.

“This optimism motivates me to work with people of different political backgrounds for causes we believe in such as child abuse prevention and health care access,” Brown said. “That’s why I’m so excited about this new opportunity.”

Medicaid Expansion, Proposition 3, and SB 96 in Utah

“Karina Andelin Brown, a former Democratic House candidate from Cache County and one of the original backers of Proposition 3, said she's happy with the changes made to SB96.

"I think that Proposition 3 supporters should be encouraged. All of the results that have come about show our voice matters," she said. "Sometimes, compromise is what we have to do."

Proposition 3 Rally at Utah State Capitol

“During a rally to preserve a law voted on by Utahns this past election, Paul Gibbs asked fellow healthcare advocate Karina Andelin Brown to bring his little child to the front. Gibbs’ child, he explained, is alive because of Medicaid. Because the federal health care system allowed Gibbs to be alive.”

Utah Public Radio Access Utah Interview

Here’s what organizers of the national Women’s March are saying: “The 2017 Women’s March inspired hundreds of women to run, millions more to vote, and dozens to win elected office. The 2019 Women’s March marks two years of resistance to the Trump presidency, two years of training new activists, and two years of building power. And this time, we're coming back with an agenda. … The #WomensWave is coming.” Our guests today include speakers at the Logan Utah Women's Wave: Lex Scott with Black Lives Matter Utah and the United Front, healthcare advocate and former Utah House candidate Karina Andelin Brown, student Devon Isaacs with the American Society of Indian Psychologists, and USU sociology professor Christy Glass. The Logan march will be held at the Cache County Courthouse on Saturday, November 19th at 12PM. More information can be found here . Support for Utah Women 20/20 is provided in part by our members and t he Utah Women’s Giving Circle, a grassroots community with everyday

Real Women Run Event in Cache Valley

“The four women on the panel had recently run for political office, although not all of them won their races. They discussed issues such as why more women are needed in office, having the confidence to run and some of the logistics of organizing a campaign.”

Grassroots Activism and Medicaid Expansion in Utah

“Brown’s election campaign faces long odds—Cache County has not elected a Democrat to the state legislature in decades, and it has never elected a woman. But Brown said that she is motivated largely by the chance to promote Proposition 3. She had knocked on hundreds of doors and has found that “people are receptive to it,” she said. “One of my neighbors, who’s a Republican, she asked me the other day, ‘Why wouldn’t we want to help people?’ ”

https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch/the-grassroots-activists-who-got-medicaid-on-the-ballot-in-utah