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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5 2014 12:35 p.m. MST

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Jacksonville, FL

So someone who is currently working full-time, who can’t afford the government-mandated health coverage, (Which was supposed to SAVE everyone money) may choose to work less hours to lower their income in order to receive a subsidy for the health coverage. With their lower incomes they might then also qualify for other government assistance programs (phones, food stamps, housing assistance – who knows what else)
But their lower incomes also mean that they are paying less in federal taxes, so the government will have less revenue to pay for all of these subsidies and other programs, and more people wanting access to them – so what can the government do? Why tax the ‘rich’ of course! At least until someone figures out that you can only borrow so much for so long and that at some point you will run out of other people’s money. This is truly a financial disaster in the making.

Steve Cottrell
Centerville, UT

I've never heard of government assistance providing phones. Is that currently possible?

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

I have a good memory for my age and I distinctively remember Obama promising his healthcare law would CREATE 4 million new jobs! That it would save the average American family $2500 each year in health insurance premiums and revive our entire economy! That if you liked your current healthcare plan/doctor, you can keep it, period! What a pack of lies we were told since not ONE promise has turned out to be true, no not one!

Salt Lake City, UT

I think the previous comments are missing the point of this article.
Many Americans are stuck in jobs they don't want simple to keep their health insurance. Maybe they have a pre-existing health that before January 1st would have excluded them from the private insurance market. Maybe they have a family and didn't want them to go uninsured. Maybe they were afraid to lose the excellent benefits offered by their employer.
So along comes the ACA which creates a new marketplace for everyday Americans to buy private health insurance. All the plans sold on the marketplace have excellent benefits. Their health history (or their family's) doesn't matter anymore. They can buy this new insurance if they start their own business or do consulting work.
So they voluntarily quit their job or go part-time--and get to keep quality, and affordable health insurance.
The ACA gives them a new and better option to consider.
How is that a problem?

A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK


Obamacare will actually DECREASE jobs?

(Sarcasm "Off")

US Post Office - broke
AmTrak - broke
FannieMae - broke
FreddieMac - broke
Social Security - broke (I mean, waaaaaaaay broke)
Medicaid - broke
Medicare - broke
Federal coffers/deficit - broke, to the 'measley' tune of $17+ trillion (that's 17,000 BILLIONS, folks)
30 million more patients, no extra doctors....brilliant

But, hey, I'm sure one the Federal Gov't gets involved in your healthcare, they'll do an excellent job....

Obamacare....a law so awesome that Pres. Obama and the very Congress that rammed it into law are exempt from it. By all means, liberals, please try to explain the justice in that.

Esther Simpson
Mesa, AZ

I love my ObamaCare. GOP lies are being exposed for what they are. Continuing to lie just makes it worse, as America realizes what is really going on.

Riverton, UT


The problem with people quitting their jobs (especially with excellent benefits) or going part-time to start a new business is that they will be making less money and qualify for more subsidies.

So now the working tax-payers get to foot the bill for the Americans who want to pursue their dreams. Or, maybe some will end up actually making more money working part-time by getting more subsidies, but they aren't pursuing anything. Plus, they aren't earning a full-time wage and probably not paying anything in taxes.

How is that not a problem? How can that ever be sustainable?

CO Girl
Denver, CO

It’s a problem because OTHER people (working full-time) have to pay for those folks’ insurance so they can “voluntarily quit their job or go part-time”. They “get to keep” their insurance because their friends, neighbors, and thousands of strangers are working to pay for it.
How is that fair, or sensible? FL Girl summed it up best: This is truly a financial disaster in the making. (One that could have been avoided)

Murray, UT

Talk about spin. Last year we were told by many businesses that they would be cutting employee hours to 29 to avoid having to pay for peoples insurance. Obama was so worried that he used an executive action to remove the mandate on business until after the election.

Now it's the people reducing their own hours so business doesn't have to pay for their insurance? It sounds like business is trying to convince people to cut their own hours and use public funding. Business doesn't hate welfare, it puts money in their pocket by cutting their labor costs.

Eagle Mountain, UT

Obamacare has created an issue where more people are relying on government handouts. They want the government programs to take care of them. People want to be given things. Why should I work for anything these days when Obama and several other politicians think it is our right to have everything we want and do not need to work for it. America was built on hardworking Americans that work everyday for what they receive. We need a total reform of many government programs that will teach people that they will be rewarded for their hard work. Are there things that are broken in our country? absolutely. Is Healthcare broken in our country? absolutely. It still is. There is not an easy fix for it because our senators and congress are too lazy to come together and look at what the real problem is. Instead let's give handouts. The people deserve to be given things. Why not, Obama will use his executive order to make it so anyway if he doesn't get what he wants. Like a two year old throwing a tantrum.

Pasedena, CA

To "Esther Simpson" this isn't a GOP lie. This is what the CBO, the federal government itself, has estimated.

My question is how much worse does it need to get before liberals finally realize that the ACA is causing more harm than good?

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

please tell us what lies the GOP told about Obamacare.

Then compare them to the lies BO has told us about Obamacare

then read the article about how it is killing jobs.

glad you're happy

So a guy with a wife and three kids loses his job because if Obamacare, but you're happy because you can now get your bunnion treatments paid for.

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