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Published: Thursday, Nov. 14 2013 4:30 p.m. MST

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Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

I was able to enroll my disabled son two weeks ago. He should qualify for Medicaid but cannot unless the State of Utah shows more wisdom and compassion than it has so far. The ACA web site is still not perfect, but it is now functioning much better than it was.

The ACA is a complex law, and it is not surprising that there have been some difficulties. But in my experience these difficulties have been sorely exaggerated by Republicans for partisan political reasons and who to date have never presented any viable alternatives to assist the 41 million people who have not heretofore been able to obtain quality health insurance from private health insurers who, absent legislative imperative, have long placed profits well ahead of the public interest.

mindfulwhim
Reno, NV

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as "the most partisan, non-partisan law ever created" was modeled after Romney-Care in Mass by lawmakers on both side of the Mass State Assembly. The first month, 123 people registered. The second month, over 2000 people were registered, and the third month, over 5000 people were registered. While those numbers are dismal in comparison to national enrollment numbers, the plan, given time, shows distinct results and progress. Romney-Care was also plagued with web site rollout problems.

The loudest voices on this issue are framing this discussion in a very negative light, which disheartens me somewhat. Instead of a can-do attitude and a positive American cultural response to the high costs of healthcare and the lack of financial sustainability of our previous healthcare system, we have become a nation of whiners and pity-pot victims who only complain, while simultaneously they have no solutions to the very real problems facing American citizens.

gail j
san diego, CA

It seems such a shame to try and deny the American people health insurance. The continued attack by lobbyists and others for the republican party and business owners across the U.S. just shows that America is no longer about people. It is money first, people second. Just goes to show ya what people the republicans really "worship". Working in health care myself, I see firsthand how many uninsured patients are admitted to the hospital on a daily basis. It is the taxpayers who are paying for the bills of these people, instead of having them own their own healthcare by way of paying for insurance. It is so easy to pass the medical bills on to the majority of taxpayers in America as the majority of people who ARE the taxpayers are the poorer Americans. This whole campaign against Obama care just sickens this registered nurse. If everyone would give Obama care a chance it would actually reduce health care costs to the taxpayers over time

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Boeing built 2 747 Air Force One's -- 4 years behind Schedule, and $200 million in cost over runs.
Lockheed built 100 F-22 fighters -- 6 years behind schedule, and $2 Billion in cost over runs.
Lockheed is now building the F-35 fighter -- 8 years behind schedule and already $4 Billion in cost over runs.

And these are the Commercial PROFESSIONALS who have been in business doing it for almost 100 years.

ACA hasn't even started yet,
a website has a few technical difficulties when they flip a switch and the naysayers declare victory!

BTW --
GW Bush started a war, declared "Mission Accomplished" after 90 days -- but it's now 12 years behind schedule, and spent nearly $4 Trillion in unfunded cost over runs.

Republicans NEVER complain about that...

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

Credibility has two aspects: the belief that the purveyor of information is honest; and the belief that he knows what he's talking about.

Obama has done irreparable damage to his own credibility. Even if we give him the benefit of the doubt about lying, we must concede that, at the very least, he was going around saying things about which he was clueless.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

My diabetic granddaughter at age 6 was not insurable until ACA came along. I'm grateful for Mr. Obama's program.

airnaut
Everett, 00

I think we should have spent $24 Billion for the Software and Implementation of the ACA, instead of wasting it on nothing for Mike Lee and Ted Cruz and the rest of the GOP's little temper tantrum of shutting down the Government.

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

@airnaut

The House budget provided funding for all of the government except Obamacare. Obama's refusal to negotiate on Obamacare triggered the shutdown. Chalk up another $24 billion to the amount wasted on Obamacare. That's money we can't get back, but we can repeal the law and avoid wasting more.

It turns out Mike Lee was right. Each passing day and each deceitful Obama press conference vindicates Lee's position even further.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

“We need a fresh start with health care. Going back to square one is the only way we’re going to make any progress. We still have an opportunity, albeit a waning one, to make this right.” But a fresh start at what? We know that Republicans will do absolutely nothing about preexisting conditions, termination at maximum benefits, or other problems with out current health care system, including its outrageously high cost.

I wanted a medicare for all, but for political reasons that did not happen. So the ACA is about as good as we are likely to get. The ACA probably will start to work fairly well once the software problems are fixed. We'd best give it time, because we are not going to get much more reform for a long time to come. This isn't over.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

@Nate 11:33 a.m. Nov. 15, 2013

You forget that the Senate cleaned up the House bill, passed the amended bill, and sent it back to the House for action but the House leaders refused to bring it up for a vote (and changed House rules so that House members couldn't bring it up for a vote) even though there were sufficient votes in the House to pass the cleaned-up bill. That -- the action by the House far right leadership -- is what triggered the shutdown.

Lee's temper tantrum, and the $24 billion he and his cronies cost the country by their unconscionable actions, has not in any way been vindicated.

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

@marxist "The ACA probably will start to work fairly well once the software problems are fixed."

No, it won't, and here's why: once the software problems are fixed, many millions of younger and healthier Americans are going to find out how much Obamacare is costing them, and that the weight of the program rests on their shoulders. There will be backlash.

If you thought townhall meetings were ugly in 2010, wait until Congress has to face both the tea party AND a bunch of no-longer-naive former Obama voters.

"This isn't over."

No. But it's ending.

1covey
Salt Lake City, UT

Mr Obama could resurrect his credibility, if he were to offer a compromise: delay implementation of the current ACA, with Congressional approval, if needed; approve a newly crafted ACA having bi-partisan support enacted as replacement to the current one, which is now a flawed law.

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