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Published: Thursday, Sept. 26 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Burke, VA

Headline: "Obamacare will lead to single-payer health care"


Cottonwood Heights, UT

Dan, I hope you are correct.

As the only first world country not to have universal health care for its citizens, it is time for the United States to value the health of its citizens and truly promote the general welfare of all.


Yeah, and?

Cottonwood Heights, UT

The Swiss have had a highly regulated program utilizing private insurance companies for years. If it works for them it may work for us. Granted if they prove less cost efficient perhaps we should move to a single payer system like most of the civilized world.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

One can only hope!!!

Then we can join the rest of the modern industrialized world.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Good! The sooner the better. Single payer would work best.

ute alumni
paradise, UT

ever heard of IHC? Indian Health Care? the feds can't handle 3.5 MM indian's health care and you expect them to be successful with 350 MM americans? keep dreaming about change.....that all obama can do is create devastating change.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Wonderful news, Dan. Thanks.

ute alumni
paradise, UT

swiss? 16 hospitals, US 20K plus hospitals. seems like a good comparison

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Dan gets the "Master of the Obvious" award for today.

When people who didn't have health insurance before find out they still have to pay for it (and still can't afford it)... they will BEG for "Free Healthcare" (which doesn't exist, somebody has to pay for it).

Once Americans who HAD insurance before see their old policy cancelled and the new rates... they are going to hate it so bad they will BEG for single-payer nationalized healthcare.

If the COST of healthcare continues to rise, the RATES for insurance have to rise to pay those bills. That's an economic fact-of-life.

Once you establish federal programs like these... they immediately become "Essential", and American's who were once independent become DEPENDENT, and you can NEVER go back.

This plan also guarantees Democrats power. Because you can NEVER vote against the Democrat (because they will keep saying, "If you don't re-elect me... you will lose your healthcare").

It's a great plan (to guarantee Democrats power).

But we are past the point-of-no-return now. ObamaCare is here to stay... until we beg for National (AKA "Free") Healthcare.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

Most hopeful headline of the week.

Salt Lake City, UT

All of which goes to prove, Dan, that capitalism as we know it cannot deliver health care to a huge chunk of our citizenry. So if they can't successfully beg for care, they should simply get sick and die?

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

'Obamacare will lead to single-payer health care’


I echo many previous statements.

The sooner the better!

FOR Profit Insurance Corporations should never have the final say deciding who should live and who should die --- because to them, they determine based on best business practices, NOT best medical practices, and they only see things as what makes them the most PROFIT $$$.


Good. Can we suspend all the stupidity now and just do it?

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

I believe this would cause the amount of americans who support ACA to increase many-fold.
Fingers crossed!

Here, UT

I am counting on it. It's about time.


@ Happy Valley Heretic: Many of those who do not support the ACA do not support it because they want single payer/universal health care.

Those who oppose any government involvement in healthcare often fail to separate those who oppose the ACA into their respective groups and lump them altogether as opposition - but if you break the numbers down and really look at it, there is a lot of support for single payer/universal health care, including many of those who support the ACA.

It is, however, interesting to note that Liljenquist's conclusion is not a return to pre-ACA health care but an advancement to single payer. This ads an interesting twist to the ongoing Republican opposition.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

I'll add my voice to the chorus. Let's hope we can adapt the ACA over the next few years into a single-payer system. Why do we have to be so "exceptional" in America? We're the only country that is totally out in left field on health care.

Salt Lake City, UT

Dan, it's not nice to tease us like that.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

If corporations stop offering health insurance to their employees, and dump them all on Obamacare, the profits of corporations will soar. Ir Republican economic theory is to be believed, all that extra wealth flowing to the "job creators" will result in millions of new jobs being created. It could be a new golden age, (if you believe Republican economic theory).

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