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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1 2013 4:43 p.m. MDT

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marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

So, the Republicans in congress, e.g. Lee, Stewart, Bishop want to delay implementation of the ACA. What are people like these supposed to do? Health care delayed is health care denied. Don't they care at all?

Dr. Thom
Long Beach, CA

Healthcare is not a right nor is it a matter of caring too much or too little, it comes down to being mandated (ordered) by the federal government to purchase a privately sold product or service regardless if the customer wants it, needs it, or can afford it.

Under ACA, it will cost my family of five over $8,000 per year for the minimum healthcare, with a $5,000 deductible. This is basically insurance that no one in my family will be able to use unless they are literally hit by a truck and run up a hospital bill of $5,000 or more. All office visits are out of pocket and it doesn't cover prescriptions, vision or dental.

My monthly payment will be over $600.00 per month and my current mortgage is $980, so it's like having another home or a REALLY nice car. Would like to pay do pawn some debt, pay my kids tuition, or just invest the money, but not now.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

All of our local congressman are controlled by the tea party.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:Dr. Thom

Under socialism you don't make the decision where or how your money is spent - the government does. AmeriKa has changed - remember hope n change??

worf
Mcallen, TX

Money is being sucked out of our society, and dependence is being promoted.

worf
Mcallen, TX

@Dr. Thom:

You can't win.

If you can afford insurance, the government says you're rich, and must pay a little more. Got to level the playing field.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

The number of people who will be helped by Obamacare is relatively small compared to those who will be hurt by it. That is now becoming obvious and is the reason so many in the country have changed their minds about Obamacare and are now solidly opposed to it.

@ Marxist:

I must admit that your moniker makes me want to automatically discount any comment you leave. However, you do need to be corrected. Republicans only want to delay the mandatory use of Obamacare by giving individuals an extra year to decide if they really want it or not. How could that possibly be a bad thing? Obama has already given that same option to unions and certain special interest groups. Individual citizens deserve that same right.

@ one vote:

Our local congressmen are not controlled by the Tea Party. But thankfully, they've decided to follow it's principles. They are currently in-line with what nationally polls are now showing... that the majority of citizens in this country are now opposed to Obamacare. As such, they are doing exactly what we elected them to do... represent the will of the majority of their constituents.

Ralph
Salt Lake City, UT

Dr Thom said "Healthcare is not a right..."

Spoken like someone with decent health insurance.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Perhaps we need to take our Congresscrritters to meet some of these people in person.

The Judge
Kaysville, UT

Talked to someone who registered for an Obamacare plan in North Carolina. Type 1 diabetic, pre existing condition. Premium: $575 per month. Deductible: $13,785. Yeah. That's not a misprint. The penalty for her not to have insurance is $4,375 per year. She has to include payment with her taxes next year. Or, she can give her bank info and they'll deduct the penalty on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. If she doesn't pay, she gets a federal tax lien. How's that for your "free" health care?

redshirt007
tranquility base, 00

The only reason republicans are fighting this so hard is that they know people will like it, they can't offer anything else with the t-party around even though mandated insurance WAS THIER own idea and they will lose a lot of elections once people find out they have been lying about it all this time.

It's called desperation not conscience.

Lie in the bed you made and for once stop lying.

UTMC
Salt Lake City, UT

The Judge says "Yeah. That's not a misprint. The penalty for her not to have insurance is $4,375 per year."

The penalty for not having health insurance in 2014 is a maximum of 1% of your annual income. The person in your 'story' therefore makes $437,500.00 a year. You're telling me that a person that makes almost 1/2 million dollars a year with type 1 diabetes 1) doesn't have health insurance, and 2) can't afford $575 a month for it to cover her health problems?

I'm sure there will be people swayed by your 'some people say' argument, but the numbers don't even add up.

Bored to the point of THIS!
Ogden, UT

re UTMC

I appreciate your comments. People get on here all the time and just type whatever. You're right... the numbers don't add up.

I know the DNEWS is biased, but I wishy they'd stop blocking my comments because of my sarcasim and start blocking comments that are 'made up'.

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