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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2 2013 4:57 p.m. MDT

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UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Funny thing about stats.... is you can really misread them. For example, in the table shown.... the highest group of people who don't have insurance is those in the young adult category - 33%. Of them though, only 5% don't have internet access... and most of those, know where to get it. On the other hand, the group who is most covered, seniors, where only 1 percent (looks like a rounding error) is also the group with the lowest access levels to the internet - I think it said 45%.

So those who don't have insurance..... have the internet (95%). Those that do have insurance... don't have the internet.

Looks like someone was looking for a story, and didn't really pay attention to the numbers - and as usual, tried to tie it to racial bias. Numbers don't support that hypothesis.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Our country is on its knees to Obama and his cronies.

Will we stand up for the America we grew up in?

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

One must always question anything based on notably biased sources as the New York Times, and the Pew Foundation, especially when the latter information is at least a year old.

However, rest assured that if there is "free stuff" being given out, there will be large numbers of Americans who will show up to claim the new healthcare benefits. Especially when the Obama campaign organizers with their new "Obamacare Navigator" titles show up to get them signed up for Obamacare. And the subsidies. And free phones (happening in Tennessee already!), and welfare, and WIC, and SNAP and housing and voter registration.

It's enough to make a working person sick!

Daniel Leifker
San Francisco, CA

Signing up isn't exactly easy for those of us who know computers, either.

Yesterday I tried to apply on California's web site for Obamacare exchanges. I was just curious to see how expensive it would be. The site become nonresponsive on the 3rd page and I never got in.

Today I had better luck. I was able to create an account and apply. After 10 minutes of using a really amateurish UI, and after entering all my contact information and SSN twice, and after setting answers to FIVE security questions that were really stupid (like "How much did you weigh at birth?" as if everyone knows this), the site clanked and whirred and paused and then finally blew up with the following helpful error message: "Oracle Access Manager Operation Error. Access to the URL /apspahbx/ahbx.portal has been denied for user. Contact your website administrator to remedy this problem."

As an eternal optimist, I'll try again tomorrow. Meanwhile, I am contemplating the interesting fact that managing medical care is about 100 times harder than managing a web site. Food for thought.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

"However, rest assured that if there is "free stuff" being given out, there will be large numbers of Americans who will show up to claim the new healthcare benefits." We are not talking government cheese here. We are talking about actual needs. Your observation is crude in the extreme.

On the other hand
Riverdale, MD

"Meanwhile, I am contemplating the interesting fact that managing medical care is about 100 times harder than managing a web site."

Fortunately, while the exchange website may be new, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield, and the other participating insurers have been around for a while.

m.g. scott
clearfield, UT

As I understand it from someone I know who is beginning a job to help people enroll in Obamacare, all it will take is a phone (Obama Phone!! Oh Boy!!) and a number to call. So, having internet access won't necessarily be necessary.

Gram Cracker
Price, UT

A young, healthy working women told me yesterday that her insurance has now gone up 65%. So much for the working class people who CAN afford insurance. As usual, working people get the shaft. Non-workers, low-income, ill and elderly probably will find help galore. Well, maybe not the elderly. I hear rumors that senior citizens will pay more and receive less from Medicare. I guess Medicaid is what people will be able to afford...as usual.

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