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Published: Thursday, Dec. 13 2012 9:06 a.m. MST

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Bill Shakespeare
Salt Lake City, UT

Classic medical advice: you're darned if you did and you're darned if ya dunt.

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

Anything else they'd like to "make" us do?

Ramdas
Pleasant Grove, UT

Just what we need, more government regulation of our personal lives. Long live the nanny state!

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Isn't this part of Obamacare? The part no one knows is there, yet?

LVIS
Salt Lake City, UT

If the govt is going to 'make' us take the aspirin, then the govt is going to have to pay for the aspirin. No worries, though. Just make it part of Obamacare and, if you are 40+ years old, the govt can just mail it to our homes. And we can check a box on our income tax returns stating whether we took it or not.

Superfluous
Anaheim, CA

Nowhere in this article does it say the government is "making" anyone do anything--except the headline.
But, it does get the Republican sheep going, doesn't it? haaa
Learn to read before you bahhh

Making Sense
Herriman, UT

I know there are documented benefits to taking Aspirin, but I have concerns with the notion that governments demanding things is the solution. There are a ton of other health-related aspects where government influence has not improved situations. Additionally, if the government is going to step in and demand things, then maybe work to keep people from blowing second-hand smoke in my face in any public setting or regulating smokers' thoughts that the world (and my hood on the highway) is their personal ashtray.

A few years ago I began taking a baby Aspirin each day following my Dad have a stint inserted due to heart issues. The use of the Aspirin correlated with tinnitus and Meniere's-like symptoms which included horrible ringing and other sounds in my ear along with debilitating vertigo. I can't say the cause was the aspirin for sure but those symptoms decreased dramatically when I ceased taking the daily dose of Aspirin. Others have reported similar issues so requiring everyone to take it may inadvertently bring about some side effects.

Oh and it's actually trademarked as "Obamacareless."

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Superfluous. Republican sheep? haaaa. According to the last election, there are far more Obama sheep running around bleating for more free stuff and that always gets them going. Now, if we can just figure out how the rest of us are going to pay for it all! Now there is an interesting question, isn't it?

one old man
Ogden, UT

Oh for crying out loud!

One doctor somewhere makes a proposal -- whether good or bad or just as a point of discussion (or maybe even just a joke) -- and the ultrarightwingnuts go even more nuts.

I'm wondering if the DN news headline writer thought he'd toss a little red meat out just for fun.

Wonder
Provo, UT

What a misleading headline. How could the government "make" anyone take aspirin? What the article SAYS is "why not make it public policy to encourage middle-aged people to use aspirin?” Calm down righties. Again you're getting your knickers in a twist over nothing.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Mountanman
You wanted a 20% tax cut so you're in no position to complain about other people wanting free stuff.

PGVikingDad
Pleasant Grove, UT

"Make" v. "Encourage" aside, there is a VAST difference between MMR/polio and cancer/heart disease: Cancer and heart disease are not communicable ailments. Taking aspirin might be a good idea, but failure to do so puts no-one else at risk.

Superfluous
Anaheim, CA

@Mountanman
Take an aspirin
"Vote for Romney"
...but don't call me in the morning

...what am I going to do with ALL this "free stuff"?

PGVikingDad
Pleasant Grove, UT

@ atl134: Wait a minute. Keeping my own hard-earned money is somehow "getting free stuff"?! Difficult logic at best.

Wonder
Provo, UT

To summarize the far right's response to this article: If the government learns about scientific studies that show an aspirin a day would help most adults avoid some types of disease, the government must under no circumstances publicize that information. If the government mentions the results of this research in any way, that in and of itself constitutes the government "telling me what to do". It is much better if I remain in ignorance of any scientific fact if the alternative is that the government makes any recommendation based on scientific research. Does that about cover it?

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

One old man

Well, you've got to admit that with all the unknowns in "Obamacare' that people could reasonably jump to conclusions that weren't necessarily true but plant ideas for down the road in the minds of those with the "cradle-to-grave" mentality of regulations (that liberals seem to enjoy).

This whole discussion is just funny. Obama wants free contraception for those who profess to not believe in it, yet they vote for him anyway because now it's "free" and a "personal choice." People are very entertaining in what they want, demand or will tolerate from their government and I include not only national but state, county and city.

Too funny.........

Wonder
Provo, UT

@toosmartforyou -- The only people who would jump to such a silly conclusion (that the government was going to come in your house every day and check to see if you'd taken your daily aspirin) are people who believe in every crackpot conspiracy theory that comes along. Never mind any logic or truth. The only thing these fearful folks care about is: Does this piece of info involve Obama or the government and make my blood boil? Well then I believe it!!

Why would I?
Farmington, UT

Why would I find this objectionable? Why not make people "quit smoking" or "eat less fat and/or sugar" or even, this is a great thought, "stop drinking?" Just think of all the unused cancer centers that we'd have without smoking and fewer funerals without DUI's, etc. Man, this is something that we ought to do right away! And while we're at it, make everyone own a gun and keep it loaded for personal safety (oh, oh, now we'll need those funeral palors after all) and limit cars from going the wrong way on freeways, speeding etc. We can all be SAFE as we become robots!

I'm sure the good doctor was making a joke....don't you realize doctors "joke" about health care all the time? (Then they charge you for your visit, whether they helped you or not.)

Good ideas, here, to MAKE everything safer and better. (Outlaw war too---weapons are expensive and we could use the money to help us all "go green," another worthy federal government goal that should be required of everyone.)

Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.....what an article and reaction(s) to it. (Sarcasm to the max.)

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@too
no actaully if you have not taken the time ot educate yourself on this issue there is no one to blame but yourself and using lack of understanding of the law makes ofr a weak argument.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

@ Tolstoy

So what, in your mind, is the issue? Is it what "Why would I" talks about and the headline references as to mandatory ingestion of medication and the loss os ability to decide for one's self about health issues, or it is the fact that medical research has shown that certain medicines tend to help reduce health problems as people age and such could benefit everyone? To which law are you making reference?

Remember the flap that ensued what Uncle Sam decided that ketchup in a school lunch qualified as a vegetable? Is this similarly ridiculous or not?

It sounds to me like many commentors jumped into the fray regarding the headline and not necessarily the article itself. Can't you handle that? I see more than one issue here so what about you? What do you see?

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