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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24 2013 10:32 p.m. MDT

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Capsaicin
Salt Lake City, UT

There's nothing affordable about this "Affordable" act. Gone are the days when government made policy to actually help people while not helping the government grow. This is about growing the influence of a corrupt leadership, and has NOTHING to do with lowering healthcare costs. The government can't lower healthcare costs because they can't fix prices. I'm sure the left would love to fix prices if they could. Instead government gets in the way of competitiveness with needless excess regulation, which DRIVES UP costs due to a WHOLESALE LACK OF COMPETITION. All the ACA does is exacerbates this problem. This brand of politics stinks. Taxes keep growing. Government keeps losing legitimacy and efficiency.

TruckerRon
Provo, UT

Given how desperate large corporations (McDonald's, Home Depot, etc.) and unions have been to get waivers and how Congress recently rewrote rules so they and their staff members could receive subsidies to make it affordable for THEM, how can we expect anything good to come of it for the rest of us?

Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

Disaster is looming. The Dear Leader's socialist agenda will be in full swing when this train wreck is implemented. Prophecy is being fulfilled.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

Capsaicin,

The status quo has resulted in tens of millions of Americans being forced to go without health insurance because they can't afford the premiums or they've got pre-existing conditions, or both. Healthcare costs are the #1 cause of personal bankruptcies in our nation. It's an indefensible mess.

The ACA pulls those uninsured Americans into the healthcare insurance pool (btw, all privately run) and creates insurance exchanges and tax credits to provide an insurance program for those who's employers can't or won't offer health insurance to their workers.

If it were up to me we'd adopt a European style single-payer system and completely eliminate our byzantine and inefficient private health insurance industry altogether, but that's just my opinion.

Instead, we're merely looking to implement a healthcare financing system that was originally the brainchild of the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation and touted by Republicans as their solution to our existing healthcare financing mess... until it was embraced by President Obama and now you guys say it's horrible.

I swear, if President Obama spoke publicly about the importance of oxygen you'd start arguing in favor of suffocation.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

The average price for basic health coverage purchased on ACA health insurance exchanges will be $249 a month, not counting subsidies, in 48 states reviewed by HHS, according to a government report published Wednesday.

The figures released represent averages and prices will vary widely by geographic location as well as family size, age, tobacco use and income. Even the average price of a so-called bronze plan, designed to cover 60% of medical expenses not counting monthly premiums, masks big variation. The average price of the cheapest bronze plan in Minnesota is $144 while in Wyoming, comparable coverage costs $425 on average, not including subsides.

For people who currently are uninsured and who qualify for financial assistance or enrollment in Medicaid, the federal-state health program for the poor, the average prices look to be low: 56% of uninsured will be able to get coverage for less than $100 a month per person, Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, said during the conference call.

(Huffington Post)

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

It's going to work eventually. It's a free market solution because the exchanges are full of competitors.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "Blue" stop spreading the lies.

Prior to the ACA the 1996 HIPPAA law required that uninsurable people were to have a state run insurance pool. Those that just had pre-existing conditions were often put on 6 to 12 moth probationary periods where they were treated for everything but pre-existing conditions. Oftent he probationary period was waived if they were covered previously by another insurance provider.

Why would you want a universal care system? Do you want to give sub-par care like in the UK? Do you want to have people waiting excessive times for surgeries? Do you want doctors to close up shop because the healthcare money was spent for the year like in Germany? Do you want to ration hospital stays like in Japan, or limit how many times you can see a doctor like in Taiwan?

Do you really want to see people suffer because the government can't provide everything for everybody?

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

I predict mass suicides across the board. This is going to break the people it's supposed to be helping and they will have less income as they are forced to work part time. And those "ultra rich" CEOS of small mom and pop businesses will go totally under. Stupid liberals think anybody who makes $100,000 a year or who owns a mom and pop store is a 1% billionare. Thats how deluded they are.

dski
HERRIMAN, UT

Truth is, Obama had a political agenda, not a political solution. He wants the government to be the driver of the economy and do away with the whatever is left of the free market economy. Government picks winners and losers in the market. Look at the renewable energy debacle. Money was funneled to his political supporters for their massive projects, including General Motors. The best solution would have been, increase the eligibility criteria for medicare/medicaid and fund accordingly. Done! Medicare and Medicaid will negotiate their reimbursement rates as they have always done. By creating another monster and have the IRS as their bouncer, are you kidding? What business do they have knowing my medical history. Next thing you know, it will be anonymously leaked to the press that I have thrombosis hemorrhoids?
By increasing the eligibility criteria for medicaid/medicare, everyone who need insurance will be covered. But, that's too easy. 13000 additional IRS employees have been hired to monitor your health records. How dumb! Besides, life has consequences. If you work hard, you get rewarded with good job and pay. If you don't, and rely on Government you just surrender your liberty to the government. Just saying

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

Health care, like fire and police protection, environmental safeguards, and public health, is a social responsibility.

redshirt007
tranquility base, 00

Getting everyone to the doctor when they need it would bring blessing upon a "christian" nation wouldn't it? So why do the pharisees believe we will be cursed for it?

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