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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13 2013 5:35 p.m. MST

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DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

Enrollment is merely the visible tip of the iceberg in this looming disaster, as these 357 gullible folks will soon discover.

There is no increase in the number of health care providers to handle any increase int he number of insured. Worse, many providers are choosing to retire, or simply not participate in the Obamacare, Medicaid or Medicare programs because the payment rates fail to cover the cost of providing services. Who can blame them?

Worse, the new enrollees will soon discover that their choice of doctors and hospitals will be relatively restricted, and actually getting any health care treatment will be a very drawn out process. Then, they will also discover that Obamacare deductibles and co-pays will be a pretty expensive cost to them.

Obamacare- it's enough to make anyone sick.

DeseretDebbie
Corona, CA

It's not a great number but I think it is a combination of factors: 1) Site was down most of the time. 2) People were not aware of sign ups and still have until March 2014, 3) Each state will be different. Some states have their own website and numbers were up. I think those who sign up early will be those who had no insurance The rest will wait till next year.

A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

357 people in an entire state?

What. A. Joke.

Obamacare...no matter what the Supreme Court calls it, it's still un-Constitutional.

I'd rant more but I have to go eat my soon-to-be government mandated brocoli before I go buy my soon-to-be government mandated running shoes.

Where, oh where, does it end?....

high school fan
Huntington, UT

Just sitting in a room with a bunch of fifty and sixty year olds deciding which of us were going to be the first to use our maternity coverage.

A1994
Centerville, UT

@DeseretDebbie

" I think those who sign up early will be those who had no insurance "

Only 100,000 of the 40 million uninsured have signed up.

3grandslams
Iowa City, IA

There was/is no need for a federal marketplace. One already existed, if the government wanted to help out with subsidies then they could have cheaply done so with companies already in place, not created a website for $300 million plus that doesn't work.

The government should not be in the insurance, car, health, mortgage, or oil business. With millions of people losing insurance, this 300 plus enrollment in Utah is a joke.

There is no way any of this is good.

1978
Salt Lake City, UT

What a great concept. Ruining the health insurance plans of 2 million Utahns to "benefit" 357 people. It also remains to be seen if they will be actually benefited by Obamacare.

Liberal Democratic Party Rule - You have got to love it!

Aaron38
Payson, UT

What a disaster. I hope it can be fixed, but I seriously doubt it.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

I am not surprised. What percentage of people file their taxes the first couple of weeks the filling period is open - even if they are getting refunds. Just like with taxes, and everything else, people will wait until the very last minute of the open enrollment period, and cram the system with next to no time left.

This has little to do with ACA, and more to do with human nature and procrastination.

Conservative
Cedar City, UT

357 signups is a notable achievement for Utah. Of the 50 states (excepting Alaska), Utah probably has the highest percentage of residents dependent on government. And one of the largest percentages of residents opposing government!

Given enough time, we'll all get on board and recognize how essential universal health care is.

Just be patient.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"no matter what the Supreme Court calls it, it's still un-Constitutional."

Isn't that an oxymoron?

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