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Published: Wednesday, April 17 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Utah Soldier
Bountiful, UT


Don't speak German? Good luck understanding what procedures will done. Some of the staff may speak some English, but there is no requirement to provide services using the patient’s language. By contrast, in the US, ANY patient may request (and must be provided) interpretive service AT NO COST to the patient, but the hospital must absorb the cost as it is not reimbursed in any way for this service.

Yes, our system has some shortcoming and needs some tweeking but,Thank you no – but I will keep our American system any day

Saint George, UT

The picture of this statesman/salesman, included at the top of this article, is worth a thousand words.

Bumbling Baucus was/is/will continue to be a train wreck.

Bumbling Baucus is facing/fearing re-election in 2014.

Bumbling Baucus is simply attempting to provide pathetic political cover for HIS massive failure as co-writer of the ACA.

Now Bumbling Baucus is distancing himself from his own creation.

Simply another failed bumbling politician.

Thank you DN for exposing this failed political fraud from Montana.

Mcallen, TX

By 2016, Obama would have caused more damage on this country then all our wars combined.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

One vote,
The law will help…

Oh, please stop, my sides ache!

You’ve not bothered to read all the articles about people LOSING their coverage thanks to Obamacare?

“make billionaires more wealthy”

You mean the way it rewards insurance companies by forcing everyone to buy their product?

BTW, bush’s approval ratings had more to do with war than healthcare.

Why WOULD they attend the meetings when they were told ahead of time they had to ride in the back of the bus and NONE of their ideas would be considered?

Even BO’s kangaroo court-ish healthcare summit was a sham. BO spoke longer than all the repubs combined, and when you add in the other dem speakers, the GOP got maybe 20% of the time.

Bountiful, UT

@Fred44 said, "I really wish the republicans would have participated in the concept instead of standing on the sidelines."

They were NOT asked Fred. They were told they could get in the back of the bus and come along for the ride. Any meaningful recommendations made by Republicans (including Senator Hatch) were totally rejected by the Democrats and Obama.

Bountiful, UT

Here are just a couple of statistics coming from the Congressional Budget Office regarding the "Affordable Care Act;"

1. Obamacare will cost $1.76 trillion over the next 10 years.

2. Seven million people are set to loose their employer based insurance.

Regarding #2 above, remember that ringing promise made by Barack Obama back on 15 June 2009?

"If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan - period. No one will take it away, no matter what."

Bountiful, UT

Here is the Obamacare Cost Dilemma:

Its success depends in large part upon whether young healthy people sign up for health insurance in large numbers. The government is going to have to enroll young healthy people to make sure they have coverage because that is what really is going to lower the overall cost for everyone. Older people who have much higher healthcare costs are paying five to seven times more than what a 20 year old is paying for these same health insurance policies.

But Obamacare will change that by allowing only a three-to-one difference which will drive rates up for younger people. It will be substantially higher, possibly even double what they were paying before Obamacare implementation.

This will cause a lot of younger people to say it is not worth it and will opt to go without health insurance and pay the minimal fine. If they wait until they get sick and then sign up, that is allowable under the law.

Many millions of young people will move in that direction. But it will be lethal for Obamacare's hope to cover everyone and lower healthcare costs at the same time.

Bountiful, UT

Here is the Obamacare Access Dilemma:

One of the great misconceptions about Obamacare is that just because you have health insurance, you therefore will get adequate healthcare and you will have access to it. Nothing could be further from the truth. Obamacare will pay less to healthcare providers including doctors at the same time it is increasing the number insured by some 30 million.

So patients are not going to get those services rendered because health professionals will not provide them at below market cost; that is the choice medical professionals can legally make. Obamacare greatly expands the demand for healthcare and does not do anything about supply. Furthermore, because of Obamacare, fewer college graduates are pursuing medical professions and older healthcare professionals are leaving the profession, generally retiring earlier that they originally planned.

So anyone who is in a plan that pays below market cost is going to have an access problem.

Cedar Hills, UT


I think you yourself said a few weeks ago that the current Obamacare implementation was a mess. Right? You said that the real solution is a single payer system. Right? It is obvious to any business owner that Obamacare is going to kill them with regulations, fees, and taxes. It is clear to any governor that the health exchange is going to kill them after the federal govt stop giving them money...about 3 years from now. It is clear to doctors - whom are leaving their practices - that their compensation is going drop like a rock. It is clear to insurance companies that the rate increase cascade that is going to continue is going to eventually put them out of business. It is clear to each of us on the bottom rung of the ladder that we are paying more ...for less ... right now and that is only going to get worse. So ... you were saying this is all the GOP's fault?? The GOP didn't cast ONE vote for this train wreck - remember? What is happening is ALL in the Democrat's lap - recall the dems had the House and Sentate for 2 years - got everything they wanted.

O-town, UT

For all the Republiclones out there, here are a few thoughts. If the government can't do anything right...why was the insurance industry running for toilet paper when the government option was being proposed? Could it be because they gauge consumers? If they were truly not concerned about competition with the government...why did they shut it down? Why are they scared to open the drug market with Canada? Isn't this the free market at work? Are they concerned that their outrageous markups can't compete? Too funny when the GOP supports the free market and competition EXCEPT when it cuts away from the Health Insurance and Prescription Drug Cartel.

Why did the GOP do nothing to reform Health Care? They had ample opportunity. They however got big campaign contributions from this racket, so they did nothing--in fact, they did a big give away to Prescription Drug with Medicare Part D to show their support. They had no problem with outrageous prices which priced people out of the market or policy which kicked people to the curb with pre-existing conditions. Now the GOP is siding with the Gun Lobby over the citizens...Shame on you GOP!

byu rugby
Crystal Lake, IL

Our company just laid off 20 employees to make room under the employee limit because the alternative was so much worse. But, nowadays, it is almost easier to stay home anyway.

Denmark has a single payer system. It takes 13 years to become a master pastry chef and 8 to be a surgeon. Guess where I am glad I live now?

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