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Published: Sunday, Jan. 19 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

Obamacare is like trying to provide insurance with a Rube Goldberg machine. One part fails, and the whole scheme falls apart.

The best first step forward is repeal.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

Mr. Woodworth's article implies that if you don't accept the lies, distortions and the damage Obamacare is doing to our healthcare, you are being a fear monger! More people are without healthcare insurance today than before we had Obamacare. That's not fear, it fact! More people will pay more for their healthcare insurance now than before Obamacare. That's not fear, that fact! For the majority of Americans, Obamacare is not the solution, its the problem!

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Agree with editorial. I love ACA. My neighbor was afraid for two years to see a doctor for the lump in her neck because her husband was struggling in his employment and had no insurance. All she could do was hope for the best. Now they are insured and she's getting treated. All the caterwauling from the Right Wing is worth nothing compared to the relief on my neighbor's face that she can now care for herself and her children without worrying about bankruptcy.

Frankly, when I see her face, I don't care if I have to pay more for my insurance, although that hasn't happened yet. I do care about my neighbors.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Perhaps if those who advocate government-controlled healthcare turned off "West Wing" and spent that time reading the Constitution, they would see that personal welfare is a personal matter; that it does not require government involvement; that personal welfare is illegal under the Constitution; that it is a matter for the States or for the individual.

The words of the Declaration of Independence are forgotten by those who grovel for crumbs from Washington: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, "

We, the people received all rights and responsibilities from our Creator, not from Washington; therefore, we are to cherish those rights and responsibilities. We are not to trade those rights for a "mess of pottage".

The Federal Government was instituted to protect the States, not the people, but some people cry to their "king" for deliverance from the liberty bestowed upon them.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Whether you like it or hate it the ACA is now here to stay. Republicans should focus on finding ways to make it work better, your chance to scrap it is over.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

The ACA just assures that insurance companies and health care providers will get all the money they want, and that bloating their bottom lines will assure that all Americans are impoverished in the process.

There is nothing here to address the real problem of the high cost of health care. Competition could be the answer. When insurance took off, removing consumers' need to compare care costs and assess their treatment needs, the costs skyrocketed. THe ACA makes this problem worse, and it makes benevolent care providers for the poor feel their charity is no longer needed because Uncle Sam will give them a huge piece of pie now.

But too many people don't want to be bothered to assess what health care they really need. They would rather let an insurance company, and now the government tell them what procedures, drugs, etc. they can and should have. You may think it is your doctor telling you, but the government is behind the curtain telling your doctor what he/she can/should do.

EDM
Castle Valley, Utah

Great letter expressing the right attitude.

When Obama was first elected, 100% of Americans were in agreement that health care in the US must be reformed. Instead of uniting behind the cause, many now would rather just see the President fail at any cost. We'd be so much further along, too, if it weren't for this.

Shaun
Sandy, UT

@thid barker. Where are the facts? I tend not to believe facts anymore because any one can say "it is a fact."

FT
salt lake city, UT

The ACA was a step in the right direction. Changes need to be made to improve it but most of those won't come until the next Democrat sits in the WH in 2017. "Repeal and replace will go the way of "Drill, baby, drill" and "Joe the Plumber".

E Sam
Provo, UT

Ah, Mike Richards. But we have read the constitution, in between our multiple viewings of West Wing reruns, and guess what? The ACA is completely, inarguably, unequivocally, absolutely constitutional. General welfare clause. Also, passed by Congress, both houses, signed into law by the president, upheld by the Supreme court. Exactly the process described by the Framers. Also, on The West Wing, a TV show that got a lot of things right about government.

Demosthenes
Rexburg, ID

Obamacare has nothing to do whatsoever with the cost of health care. It only seeks to put more people on insurance, which is an entirely different thing.

Hospital overhead, pharmaceutical middlemen, burdensome Social Security rules and paperwork, and outrageous malpractice awards are just a few of the things we all know contribute to the high cost of health care, and yet no one in Washington is addressing these real culprits. Opposing Obamacare is a legitimate position to take, but in doing so one must propose different solutions. To me, it is outrageous that no one in Washington has proposed real, effective ways to reduce the cost of health care.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

@ Shaun."Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, noting that so far, 6.2 million people have had their healthcare insurance cancelled. That's what the count is up to. It's going to get much higher than that. We're going to have these cancellations going into 2014," said Laszewski."
6.2 Million lost their insurance and so far with only about 4 million have signed up on Obamacare exchanges of which less than 25 % are young healthy people. Incidentally, Fact Check gave Obama 3 Pinocchio's for counting people who only RENEWED their Medicaid being counted as new sign-ups! How that for facts?

nonceleb
Salt Lake City, UT

@Thid Barker. There is a difference between cancellation and losing insurance. Under the ACA policies must reach a minimal level of coverage. Policies cancelled were considered by watchdog groups as overpriced for the coverage provided. In other words they were rip-offs. Those who had their current policies cancelled were simply required to get a better insurance policy through the same provider or choose another insurance company. They did NOT lose their ability to get health insurance.

Bob K
portland, OR

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT
"Obamacare is like trying to provide insurance with a Rube Goldberg machine. One part fails, and the whole scheme falls apart.
The best first step forward is repeal."

--- Replaced by what? The old system was bankrupting us.

--- Rather than blaming Obama, folks ought to be cursing Nixon and Reagan for not fixing it

Meckofahess
Salt Lake City, UT

Have to agree with this letter. We must get the cost of Healthcare down or it will take the country down if we don't. Unconscionable that there is so much wealth in this country but many citizens have no insurance and no healthcare. America can do better and Obamacare is only a good start in the right direction.

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