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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Actually the glitches occurring during the rollout of the ACA are quite similar to the glitches that occurred during the rollout of Bush's Medicare part D program. Those glitches were all worked out and now the program is almost universally popular. At the time, however, more people disapproved of the program than approved. Sound familiar?

The biggest problem being encountered by Obamacare is actually the sheer volume of people trying to log on and apply, which has overwhelmed the computer system. That should be seen as a sign of success. The insurance doesn't even go into effect until Jan. 1st and people have until next April to sign up. No one should panic at this point there is still plenty of time to sign up.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

"That some people actually think the government can run the health care system is frankly disturbing. It cannot. It will never work, and it would bankrupt the economy while jeopardizing people's health with incompetency and rationing." The good doctor hyperventilates. Medicare is efficient, and the health systems of western Europe are efficient and the Canadian system is efficient. I guess he wants people to be denied care because of preexisting conditions and dropped from care when their cases are too lengthy and complex. Non-covered people in their thousands have had to go to tent clinics to beg for care - does the doctor find that beautiful? THAT is the reality of the private health insurance jungle.

Curmudgeon
Salt Lake City, UT

The will of the majority of Americans was expressed in the last election. Get over it.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

Imagine the possibilities if instead of monkeywrenching and foot-stomping, the Republicans would have listened to the will of the American People AND the Supreme Court of these United States? Imagine!

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

If Obamacare is really as bad as the repubs (and letter writers like these) make it out to be, then it will sink by its own merits. Let Obamacare sink or swim on its own.

Shutting down the government and wrecking our economy isn't an option. Sorry.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

So it costs about the same amount as on of those new F35 jets that don't work. You know, the ones repubs love so much they bought 2,500 of them. And they don't work.

SCfan
clearfield, UT

So many of you cite the current law as if it is now etched in stone like the Ten Commandments. Well, in our system, it isn't. Laws, even Constitutional ammendments, can be changed. And as a favor, will one of you Obamacare supporters please tell me why this system HAS to apply to all Americans? Why not leave alone the best parts of our current health care system? Obama himself said at the time that if you liked your plan or doctor you could keep it. Is that reality? Apparantly not. Why did he have to lie to get his plan passed? And as an American why should I support a lying President? The way this plan was origionally sold was to help insure the 30 to 40 million uninsured people in the country, not revamp the whole system. Again, what a lying President and bunch of Democrats.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

"It's $634 million. That's the current price tag for Healthcare.gov, the official website for Obamacare, "

National Review:
"Um, no. If you follow the link above to the “U.S. government records,” you’ll see that the exact figure for CGI, Inc. is $634,320,919 and over 114 transactions dating back to 2008.

Keep in mind Obamacare was signed into law in 2010.

The company originally won the contract back in 2011."

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

That's why he's not my doctor.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

To SC Fan: I get my insurance through my employer, so most of Obamacare doesn't apply to me. Same with the majority of other Americans who are insured through their employers. It also doesn't apply to anyone on Medicare. That's a big majority of the country right there.

Even though it doesn't apply to me right now, I will be glad it's there in case I ever lose my job.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Calling Obamacare a "glitch" is like calling Mt. Everest a hill.

a bit of reality
Shawnee Mission, KS

It should be noted that the American Medical Association (AMA) endorses ObamaCare. Most physicians recognize that ObamaCare extends medical insurance to people who were previously denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and they see that as a very good thing.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

"That some people actually think the government can run the health care system is frankly disturbing." All those poor disturbed Europeans.

But it's really only the Republicans who think government is running health care. And they are mistaken. I'm surprised that a medical doctor would be so clueless about the ACA. I still have my insurance through my employer. No government involvement. I still go to the same family doctor, the same dentist, the same specialists, the same hospitals, all of which are privately owned practices or facilities.

The government involvement here is to enforce a few rules to prevent the abuses our health-care system was so adept at (like dropping sick people from insurance rolls) and to offer options for coverage, but even these are not sponsored by government. They are offered by private insurers who are taking advantage of a suddenly expanded market.

So what on earth is this letter writer ranting about? Has he been listening to Rush and Glen too much?

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

To Dr David R. Boettger,I am no great fan of the ACA but if you think the previous system was good for the country then you are stuck in your corporate side not medical side. The former system flaws are well documented but just so you know where I'm coming from it lacked one other perk. It lacked a provision to provide a CPA to audit your bills for overcharges and an attorney to advocate for the paid for benefits. The real solution is developing a single payer system like the real world does. Then you could practice medicine rather than be a corporation. You could eliminate some of the office staff which out numbers providers on the average of 2-1. There is plenty of great examples how that could work and you wouldn't even have to move to regular home. I support HB676 which would save us 400 billion just in administration. Before you scream, Americans are paying enough today in taxes, copays, deductibles etc to pay for a single payer system. Until then, since it's the law of the land then let's fix the flaws instead of harping on how we are going to sabotage.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

It worked for us. What else can I say?

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Roland,
Part D is universally popular?

You mean all the liberals who scream about how it was not paid for LOVE it? Ah, the inconsistency and double standard of the left. Something we have come to expect.

marxist,
Deciding who gets treatment and when is efficient? Yeah, I guess if people die or have their treatable conditions become terminal while waiting is efficient, you could say that.

curmudgeon,
the will of the people in 2010 said NO!!!!!! to obamacare and the GOP maintaining the house in 2012 reaffirmed that. get over it. If it’s such a wonderful law, why is BO deferring (without authority) the employer mandate?

embarrassed,
cannot defend obamacare, so you attack the good doctor and the people who oppose it. Typical.

Maverick,
The GOP voted to defund obamacare; BO and the dems decided it was more important than ALL the rest of the government and voted to shut the government down and scare the markets with talk of default.

Ernest,
No dem house members representing areas where the F35s are to made voted against them, either.

SCfan
clearfield, UT

Roland

Then I assume it is there to "only" take care of the currently uninsured? If so why are many having premiums rise, due to Obamacare? And why is insuring the uninsured so expensive? To the tune of trillions if we add it all up in the coming years. And why did Obamacare take a huge chunk of money out of Medicare to fund the system in the first place? And if you lose you job, there is a program where you can keep your health insurance by paying for it yourself. Too expensive you say. Brings me back to why are some people now being forced into Obamacare because they can't afford the plan they had. I actually think Obama wants that to happen so we all will end up on a single payer government run system. That, I believe, is the real end game for Obamacare.

nonceleb
Salt Lake City, UT

Will everyone please stop calling it government-run health care. The mandate was a conservative idea from the Heritage Foundation to avoid Canadian-style "socialized medicine." Republicans originally embraced this "compromise." It is why Romney adopted it for Massachusetts. The ACA is run through PRIVATE insurance companies. The government does not administer or operate hospitals, clinics, medical supply companies and pharmaceutical companies. Government regulations are directed to insurance companies, such as not denying coverage due to preexisting conditions, dropping coverage because of expensive claims and children staying on their parent's health plan up to age 26. The ACA is not even national health insurance. It is requiring everyone outside of Medicare and Medicaid to have private health insurance.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

To lost in D.C.: By universally popular I meant that the people that get it tend to like it. Any politician attempting to repeal it now would have to deal with mobs of angry senior citizens.

Yes, I'm still upset that it was unfunded, and continues to be unfunded. I don't know how anyone that considers himself to be a conservative can go along with an entitlement program that has no funding source. Say what you want about the ACA, at least it's funded.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

When this is a wreck the liberals better show some guts and own up to it. This 100% their responsibility. But I'm leaving the country. I would rather live in Mexico now anyway.

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