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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Tooele, UT

Re: "The 2010 healthcare reform [sic] law will help by ensuring health coverage for more Americans, including free primary care."

Free primary care? What, doctors, nurses, PAs, hospitals, outpatient clinics, labs, imaging centers, and ERs no longer want to paid for primary care?

First I've heard of it.

What's saddest about this article is the huge number of sophomoric liberal assumptions made in the "study" it covers, with not a breath of apology for its sloppiness.

There's really no such thing as "free" primary care. Increased primary care will not change people's health and eating habits. There are confounding regional and cultural variables at work here that have nothing to do with socialized medicine. No one can honestly assert a governmental role in the reduction of drunk driving carnage.

And, most tellingly, no evidence, whatever supports the liberal political assertion that, "discussion of gun control laws takes on new urgency."

Or, to sum up, liberals can't force us to be healthy, and more than they can force us to be happy and peaceful.

West Jordan, UT

I liked how the concept of Obesity was downplayed here. " some to obesity and poor health habits"

I have spent a good chunk of time in Europe over the last few years and the first thing I noticed is how everyone is so skinny there. Very few chunky people. I was one of them and a little self conscious.

I am amazed how obesity can be called a national epidemic and the number one health threat in America until we start talking about the health care law. Then we start trotting out statistics about mortality rates and longevity to support a political agenda.

I have experienced the need for a medical test in the European system (Italy and France) having to be put on a 3 to 6 month waiting list, and opting to come home to our "inferior" system so I could get the test immediately (actually I had to wait two days.)

I think our medical system has problems because it is being managed more and more. I believe that a free-market system with its inherent competitive nature would do more to reduce costs than any governmental intervention.

I also think we are just too well fed.

American Fork, UT

We really need single payer health care.

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