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Published: Sunday, Dec. 1 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

fas·cism noun
1. an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.

"It has the government directing what and how the insurance industry is to offer their products."

How dare they set minimums to protect the ignorant!

Like minimum safety standards for:
Building codes

Yep, that's fascism alright.

Cambridge, MA

To "Happy Valley Heretic" you got 2 industries correct. You realize that there is a difference between setting safety standards and dictating the loan standards at banks. Safety standards protect the public. Lowering loan standards puts more people in danger.

Just look at your list. The 2 most regulated industries, banking and insurance, are also the most disliked. Don't you think that it is a co-incidence?

I don't know where you get your definitions, but it is quite incorrect. According to Webster's Dictionary fascism is "a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition" That doesn't exactly sound right wing, unless you start at Communism, then I guess you could call it right wing because it is to the right of outright communism.

deseret pete
robertson, Wy

It would be interesting to know -- of the people who have actually enrolled and paid a premium,How many of those are getting a gov't subsidy, and is there going to be be enough hard working people to sign up to pay for their premium.

Salt Lake City, UT

To Redshirt: What I am trying to stress is that for many people that don't want a single payer system, the ACA is that. If it's not that to you, that is your right. Whatever it is, it is here with the good and the bad. The website certainly had it's struggles, but it is up now and I have personally got health insurance on it for the first time in seven years. Because of the struggles, people who need it have until March 31st. I know from having been a health insurance worker that open enrollment is hard, and it couldn't have been predicted how hard it would be to enroll the nation's uninsured. It's easy for a person that has insurance to say that they don't like it, but it's not accurate to do so because they don't have it. I wish everyone well with their insurance experience and I know that the ACA experience will improve over time. I'm glad it's here and look forward to having insurance again.
An ACA Volunteer

Cambridge, MA

To "Kimber" what you should be asking youself is this: How often does Fascism work out for the best? Eventually there will be deaths, and it will be government officials allowing it to go on. In this case it probably won't be like WWII Europe, but it will be a government official saying that the government cannot pay to keep you alive, and that the resources will be better spent on somebody younger.

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