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Published: Monday, Feb. 24 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Farmington, UT

Welcome to health care in today's world. I had a test at a local lab and gave them my insurance card, which they billed properly. Then I had a follow-up test 2 days later, using the same sample, ordered by a different doctor and they billed my previous insurance carrier. Of course the previous carrier denied the claim. So now they will bill the correct insurance. But look at all the unnecessary paperwork due to one lazy mistake.

The same thing has hit other industries, too. Remember when you had an oil change on your car and it was a flat fee? Now they add "shop supplies" and their definition of that is to pay for the rags the mechanic used or a bit of WD-40 on the plug. Of course you pay this fee whether or not you use any "shop supplies."

Service has gone out the door and fees have gone through the roof. No wonder it's a cold day for customer service across this nation. Gouge all you can! And the healthcare and oil industries seem to be in a race as to who can bankrupt the country first.

Hayden, ID

Lots of "surprises" in Obamacare! "The ACA will save the average American family $2500 per year in healthcare insurance premiums". "If you like your current healthcare plan/doctor you can keep it, period". "The ACA will create 6 million new jobs." "The ACA will bring down healthcare costs". 6 million Americans got a surprise cancelation in the mail, thanks to Obamacare and you may be next! The next surprise should be sending every Democrat who voted for these "surprises" home in November!

Salt Lake City, UT

What is the alternative Mountanman? Oh that's right. There isn't one. Besides, eliminate the ACA, and the charges noted in this article would still be around.

Hayden, ID

@ Moderate. There are numerous healthcare plans put forth by conservatives. The optional plans are available for perusal on the internet, if you are really interested.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Obamacare is, was, and always will be a lie.

an alternative WAS to do nothing. Those millions who lost their coverage despite BO's promise would still have coverage. Better to do nothing than to do damage.

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