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  • Hugo West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 16, 2017 10:03 a.m.

    Liberals came up with Obamacare which forced insurers into unsustainable public markets. The insurers tried to survive the public exchange fiasco by consolidating. Read the article, my friend - it makes this pretty obvious.

    So another swing and a miss by pragma. It wasn't free markets that caused the attempted consolidation but government interference.

  • humbug Syracuse/Davis, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 10:05 a.m.

    The problem is that there are not enough healthy people applying for health coverage in the Market Exchanges. We need the young and the healthy to apply. This means we need the individual mandate, or some other incentive to get people to carry health insurance. The Republicans are opposed to an individual mandate. This means that health insurance costs will continue to rise, as those who are sick, or expect to be sick, will be the main ones who apply for insurance coverage.

    We need a system where all participate. The young, the healthy, and the sick. Everyone needs to participate.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Feb. 15, 2017 7:54 a.m.

    The meta point here to see is what we libs keep saying over and over. The Health Care Industry is not prone to competition but consolidation.

    Lots of reasons for this. Size, costs, and profits for starters, but it's just a fact, so silly moves like selling insurance across state lines do nothing because the small players too will be sucked up by the big guys simply because of administration costs.

    Get over it Repubs. unfettered markets will not provide universal coverage, low costs, and broad benefits.