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Published: Monday, April 7 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

"Do not assume purchasing health insurance through the exchanges is the same thing as being happy with the law or supporting of those who passed it." True enough, but it's safe to say that those who have gotten health coverage expressly because of Obamacare are pretty happy with it, at least for the time being.

Bob K
portland, OR

The ACA is meant to unite Americans in better and less wasteful health coverage.

Although millions of Americans enjoy the lies of Fox News and the hostile attitude toward anything this President does, shown by most republicans....

Isn't America about all being on the same side, even when we disagree?

I think the "us vs them" mentality is quite un-American.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

I don't assume. I'm very happy with it and with the job performance of my President Obama!

Just came home from D.C. and witnessed a lot of national pride. Ready for more whining and complaining now that I'm back home.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Healthcare is on course to bankrupt this country. Does the ACA fix it? I am not optimistic.

But, at least the Democrats recognized that the current system was unsustainable.

The GOP has yet to admit there was even a problem. Hence they had no desire to work to construct a bipartisan solution. Why work to fix a problem that you don't even think exists?

Obstruction, as usual, was their strategy.

Until us Americans and our congress put America ahead of partisan politics, we will get poorly constructed solutions.

To this day, after all these years of complaining, the GOP has only put forth one actual plan. And they couldn't get the votes to even support that?

When will the GOP put forth a better plan than the ACA that addresses the problems?

WHEN?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

A fair warning to Republicans who spent 4 years preening over the "failure" of Obama: Do not assume trashing the President 24/7 for 8 years without any viable plans will win future elections.

"I hate Obama" is not a good campaign slogan,
even with unlimited Corporate money.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

"Do not assume purchasing STARTING offensive wars and Occupying Foreign countries is the same thing as being happy with BUSH or supporting of the Republicans who passed it."

BTW -- I'll take National Healthcare for the poor and the sick over stupid wars ANY day.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

Don't you just love the warnings from the far, far, far right?

Have you fallen off the edge of the Earth yet?

Esquire
Springville, UT

Look, it's bee4n four years since the passage of the bill. Just be personally responsible and get your insurance policy. The whining is tiresome.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Couldn't we use this letter writer's logic and give a "fair warning" to repubs that just because people are signing up it's not necessarily because they're forced to? Maybe folks are beginning to find affordable insurance plans? Maybe people are realizing the benefits of health care? Maybe folks have become smarter and are wise to the GOP's pro rich/anti-middle class ways?

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

A fair warning? Preening? I'm disappointed, not preening, that we have been prevented from achieving a proper single payer system that would have addressed some of the problems the ACA left in place.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

JoeBlow,
I agree with you. ACA did nothing about the COST of healthcare. It just deflected the cost (for SOME people). It got more people on insurance (so they don't have to WORRY about how much it costs). But it still costs the same. It's still bankrupting this country. We are still in huge debt. And that shows no signs or possibilities of changing.

Even if we dedicated 100% of our GDP towards our debt... we could never pay it off.

That's a sobering thought (for me).

The fact is... we will never get out of debt. This generation seems to be OK with debt. But debt CAN BE a harsh task master. That's what my generation was taught. This generation is taught that debt is a magic tool... a magic tool that will give you anything you want without having to pay for it (till later).

It's not a magic tool... it's an evil trap.

If you can't afford it... don't buy it. Same goes for me and my family, and the Government.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"If you can't afford it... don't buy it. Same goes for me and my family, and the Government."

But is that really reasonable when we are talking about healthcare? We are not a country that will let a kid die because their parents cant afford to get their appendix taken out.

Even Reagan signed EMTALA. Today, insurance premiums have skyrocketed. There ARE fixes. But, in reality, neither party really wants to fix it. They are paid to allow the medical system to make more and more profits.

In some ways we have the best medical care in the world. That is if you have enough money and an unusual medical issue. But childbirth? $30,000? That is ludicrous.

How do some defend that? Look at a hospital bill and try to make logical sense out of the charges.

It can not be done. Logic can not explain it.

Neither R or D would embrace any good solution that came from the other side. How sad is that?
We have become so partisan that we would rather forgo any good ideas that the other side can come up with.

We need to wake up. Unfortunately, we are going the wrong way.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

In the Smithsonian American History Museum in the American Presidents exhibit there is a kiosk where visitors can vote for the "most effective President." Guess who came in second after the great Democrat FDR? Go ahead, guess?

As sad as it will be to see President Obama leave office; I'm excited for 2016 and the continuation of America's Comeback from the destructive, divisive Republican administrations of the past.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

My oldest brother's birth cost $89.00 (I saw the hospital bill). That was for the doctor, anesthesiologist, meds, and 7 days in the hospital.

That was back when the system was more privatized (1949), and we didn't have the government, or insurance paying for everything. Now we have insurance to pay for everything.. so who CARES what it costs? That's why we are where we are. As well as inflation.

It was still a struggle to find $89.00 back then. But they did it.

RedShirtCalTech
Pasedena, CA

To "JoeBlow" but what good has come out of the ACA? Less than 10% of the uninsured were able to get insurance. The cost of insurance has gone up, and the amount of coverage has gone down.

The problem isn't that we need more regulations and mandates to make things cheaper. What we need is to cut regulations and mandates. That is the only way to make it cheaper and affordable.

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

2 bits says If you can't afford it... don't buy it.

We are talking about health care. If you child became ill and needed hospitalization, you would be okay with letting him die because you can't afford to pay the bill?

I didn't think so.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Obama is not the
foreign born, socialist, giving away free healthcare --

That would be Jesus.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Red,

I have no doubt that we can find a lot of regulations that add to the cost of healthcare. Like Reagan forcing hospitals to treat emergencies regardless of an ability to pay.

Or the regulation removing preexisting conditions. Or the one allowing a kid to stay on dads healthcare until 26.

And we can find some that most of us disagree with.

But, I have to believe that left alone, business will do what business does best. And that is to maximize profits.

I just cannot logically believe that healthcare would be better and cheaper if we removed all of the healthcare regulations.

And after removing the regulations, the next step is to do tort reform.

Let me see. Let doctors, hospitals and insurance companies do what they want, charge what they want and then protect them from lawsuits. Talk about a moneymaking scheme.

RedShirtCalTech
Pasedena, CA

To "GZE" does it make it easier to watch a loved one die due to lack of care when it is the Government telling you that they don't have the money to either treat them or to be able to treat them quickly?

How do you propose we ration the limited resources in healthcare? There is currently no system that can provide everything to everybody in a timely manner for a decent price. So, how to ration, that is the question?

To "JoeBlow" I know you can't believe it, but it is true. Cut regulations and mandates and you can make insurance cheaper and probably cover more people. There are various studies out there showing that 20% to 50% of the cost of insurance is the mandates that government has put on insurance companies. As for the "uninsurable", that was also less of a problem when there was less regulation. In fact according the the NIH, the "uninsurable" problem has only grown since the late 1980's, which amazingly corresponds with an increase in mandates and regulations.

So the question is why keep looking for solutions from the very people that have created the problems?

Wonder
Provo, UT

Everybody loves to tout tort reform. Until they or their family member is injured or killed due to negligence. Then, suddenly, it's not such a great idea.

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