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Published: Thursday, Dec. 13 2012 9:00 a.m. MST

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Brigham City, UT

I love a well placed post, without the benefit of a sarcasm font. Not sure whether its the "ultrarightwingnuts" or the "ultraleftuptighties" that make it the most fun...

Hayden, ID

I am so excited about my new life of free stuff from the government (hyperventilating). The only thing I am bummed out about is I wasted so much of my life working and paying taxes when I didn't need to! I can qualify for free housing, free food stamps, unemployment checks, free healthcare, free birth control pills for my wife, free abortions for my daughter until she is 26, and yes, even a free phone) Wait! What's that you greedy, selfish Republicans are saying..'who is going to pay for all my new found free stuff'? I don't care, I am a Democrat now! Whooopie isn't life great?

Lehi, UT

All joking aside, anyone who has an ulcer will rue the day they took this aspirin advice. Internal bleeding is no joke. Aspirin only aggravates the bleeding, causing frequent heartburn and stomach pain.

metamora, IL

The DN article cites an op-ed piece written by David Agus and provides a connection to that article. In that article the author suggests:

"When does regulating a person’s habits in the name of good health become our moral and social duty? The answer, I suggest, is a two-parter: first, when the scientific data clearly and overwhelmingly demonstrate that one behavior or another can substantially reduce — or, conversely, raise — a person’s risk of disease; and second, when all of us are stuck paying for one another’s medical bills (which is what we do now, by way of Medicare, Medicaid and other taxpayer-financed health care programs)."

If the government has power to tell me I must have health insurance or be fined, it also has power to regulate the things I do (or don't do) to stay healthy.

Provo, UT

@meta -- But the thing is, how in the world is the government going to determine that you've taken your daily aspirin? How can anyone with any common sense think that this would be a law or regulation that the government would enact? Whether or not you buy insurance is easily measurable. What do you seriously think the government is going to do to make sure you take your aspirin? Draw your blood on a daily basis? Send someone to your house to watch you take your pill? Of course not. Thus it is lunacy to really be afraid of something like this. I think people just look for things to be afraid of. It's quite sad.

Huntington, Utah

I cannot take aspirin. It eats my stomach walls. I cry after taking a half dose.

Salt Lake City, UT

Why object to the emphasis on good health measures? We casually accept 1000+ deaths per day in the US from tobacco use. Why not casually accept sound medical advice? Anyone who makes this a liberal v. conservative issue is badly misdirected.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

re: Mountanman

"According to the last election, there are far more Obama sheep running around bleating for more free stuff and that always gets them going. "

At least, 47% of the populace, right????

Ogden, UT

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