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Published: Thursday, Nov. 14 2013 1:40 p.m. MST

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TRUTH
Salt Lake City, UT

for one year? OHHH that's right.....Obama said, "if you like your plan you can keep your plan.....for one year!"

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Obama never said he could control Insurance companies from dumping you.

So, wait, wait, wait.

If Obama DOES something to prevent insurance companies from dumping you, he is a 'dictator'.

If Obama does nothing he is 'lying'.

Is it any wonder no one wants to run for President when this is the American public one has to deal with?

t702
Las Vegas, NV

That's great, they found a bend aid to clog the mile long hole that they created. Great job Obama!- I can't differentiate this logic with that of second graders.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

You can keep your plan until AFTER the elections! LOL

LadyMoon
Crestucky, FL

The president's careless healthcare act is a disaster. He is guilty of perpetual lies that even his democrats are critical of. His dictation of policy is so unAmerican it makes me nauseous.

jsf
Centerville, UT

Wait lets go back to the complaints about Mike Lee. The law was passed by the house, passed by the Senate, signed by the president. Any attempt by Mike Lee or the house to d4fund the law was "unconstitutional".

Again the President changes the law without going to congress, established law. That everyone is Unconstitutional. The President can not change law. Can you say "Dictator."

Lone Eagle
Aurora, CO

This president has become a law unto himself! THIS MAN MUST BE STOPPED. I don't mean to shout, but so many stupid people are so willing to let this pretender do unspeakable damage to the foundations of our society -- wait, he said he was going to fundamentally transform America.

IT'S THE LAW that all those insurance policies have to change to meet a so-called MINIMUM STANDARD (including coverage for male birth control). And now, this lawless president is magnanimous in his condescension to allow us poor "folks" to keep our existing insurance plan (for how long?). UNBELIEVABLE -- but what else to expect from democrats.

Wait until next year when employers will be forced to drop your plan (for those of you who have employer-sponsored plans).

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

What were the names the Democrats called Ted Cruz and Mike Lee for trying to warn Americans of this mess? "Terrorists, hostage takers, obstructionists, racists, etc. Now the Democrats are doing what the GOP asked for all along! What names will the Democrats be called?

souptwins
Lindon, UT

The biggest problem with this train wreck is the process through which it was passed. THIS is why we need to debate and study any legislation, especially those this encompassing. They all seemed so worried that it wouldn't pass if we knew what was in it. That may have turned to be true but at least this mess may have been avoided. Both sides need to be more willing to look for common ground and be willing to work for solutions instead of just grandstanding at the expense of the citizens. Unintended consequences will bite you but only if you don't take the time to study the issue and head them off before enacting.

10CC
Bountiful, UT

The reactions above are odd, but telling. Obama compromises, he "bends", and the anti-Obama fury is intensified?

There really does seem to be something deeper going on with many opponents of Obama. Certainly many will oppose the man because of his ethnicity, but I think we're seeing that maybe that phenomenon is deeper and more subtly masked than originally thought.

Nonetheless, addressing ACA: healthcare reform is a massive, massive change. You can't make changes to this part of our economy one piece at a time. If you make a change anywhere, by itself, a bulge will appear somewhere else. Adjustments are inevitable.

Anyone trying to explain healthcare reform in sound bites is bound to fail, which gives a huge advantage to its detractors, and they've been relentless in attacking every aspect of healthcare reform, even though the ideas came from a conservative thinktank! At this point it's just a political pile on from the right, with no coherent, comprehensive alternative answers.

Listening to a local right-wing talk radio show in Utah last night, some experts were explaining some of the changes & benefits, which are substantial. Very surprising.

10CC
Bountiful, UT

The reactions above are odd, but telling. Obama compromises, he "bends", and the anti-Obama fury is intensified?

There really does seem to be something deeper going on with many opponents of Obama. Certainly many will oppose the man because of his ethnicity, but I think we're seeing that maybe that phenomenon is deeper and more subtly masked than originally thought.

Nonetheless, addressing ACA: healthcare reform is a massive, massive change. You can't make changes to this part of our economy one piece at a time. If you make a change anywhere, by itself, a bulge will appear somewhere else. Adjustments are inevitable.

Anyone trying to explain healthcare reform in sound bites is bound to fail, which gives a huge advantage to its detractors, and they've been relentless in attacking every aspect of healthcare reform, even though the ideas came from a conservative thinktank! At this point it's just a political pile on from the right, with no coherent, comprehensive alternatives.

Listening to a local right-wing talk radio show in Utah last night, some experts were explaining some of the changes & benefits, which are substantial. Very surprising.

MapleDon
Springville, UT

Obama will allow? How? Is he a dictator?

Unless our form of government has radically changed (wouldn't surprise me), Obama doesn't have the power to do this. The Legislative branch can. But Obama can't, unless he is a dictator.

The term "Anointed One" has so seeped through the media that these journalists actually believe Obama has all power. No wonder the public doesn't trust the news media.

This was all a stunt intended to get the public to cry for a single payer system. It's backfiring.

Golf Gaffer
Idaho Falls, ID

While Obama may propose this faux fix to this monstrosity of legislation, he does not, let me repeat, he does not have the authority to unilaterally order insurance companies, overseen by individual state commissioners to make these changes and he certainly does not have the authority under his own law to make this latest illegal change the same as the previous illegal changes exempting certain groups or delaying the employer mandate etc. This is tyranny. While Obama has shown great disrespect for the rule of law this should not deter our elected representatives nor citizens to allow this. Now how do all those who were criticizing Mike Lee and Ted Cruz feel now that you have cancelled policies or new policies that you can't afford because of premium increases.

RedShirtMIT
Cambridge, MA

Since when can Obama change the law without a bill being passed through congress? The laws that were enacted through congress have caused people to lose the insurance plans that they liked. The only LEGAL way to change that to allow insurers to continue to sell the plans that did not qualify under the ACA is to pass a bill through congress.

At what point will the liberals out there see that Obama is being allowed to act as a dictator, and that he is either comitting impeachable offenses or is quite close to it.

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

What is the constitutional authority of Obama to "waive" the mandates of the Obamacare law?

Can any President just decide that certain laws, or parts of laws can be ignored? If so, can he waive the law requiring IRS to send you refunds for taxes you overpaid? Waive jailing of felons convicted of violent crimes? Waive environmental standards for coal plants, or impose new ones not specified by any law?

This is a very dangerous slippery slope.

But the question remains- exactly what is his constitutional authority to waive provisions of a law passed by Congress and signed by a President? If he can ignore laws on the books, why do we even have a Congress to pass laws in the first place?

Obama cares more about having personal power than about the welfare of this country. His actions in the past have proven his words are not to be believed, so I can not trust him in this case either.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@MapleDon and DN Subscriber 2 and Redshirt MIT

He's using executive orders... and he's using them at a pace slower than his Republican predecessors.

jsf
Centerville, UT

We have democrats now calling for delays in the ACA, Bill Clinton called out for Obama to back it down and liberals say it is a racist attack on the president by tea party and the GOP. Clinton needs to distance herself from Obamacare, she already has been successful in distancing herself from other issues. 10CC you are saying the Clinton's are deep seated racists. But you would support Hillary in 2016?

JSB
Sugar City, ID

Since the law was passed by the house and senate and signed by the president, it is the law of the land as it was written. How can Obama legally change the law without congressional approval? What don't I understand here?

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

there comes a point where you run out of bailing wire and plumbers tape and it is time to just scrap the whole ugly thing and start over. You change one thing and something else blows up...it is just not fixable. Go ahead Barack and do your little fix only to find that insurance companies will have to jack up the premiums through the roof. The bottom line is this...

Barack Obama had this grand idea of how to force America into Socialism and it failed - it blew up - it exploded on the launch pad and after trillions of wasted tax payer dollars and a bushel basket full of lies this ugly law has exceeded everyone's worst nightmare. It was poorly architectured from the jump 4 years ago and it just isn't feasible or fixable. However don't expect Barack to EVER abandon his socialist dream - NEVER. The US can burn to the ground and the man won't budge.

MapleDon
Springville, UT

@atl134

This must be the utopia you and your ilk were hoping for. No? We're not quite there yet? Utopia won't happen until all citizens are poor and under complete government control? The perfect Utopia is North Korea?

At least I have the guts to say I hope this president fails at his attempts to destroy this nation. I hope enough people finally wake up after this disaster to realize this president isn't smart enough to run this country, even as a dictatorship.

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