Richard Davis: Utah should upgrade its health care system now

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  • Star Bright Salt Lake City, Ut
    Dec. 27, 2012 4:33 p.m.

    Have a relative (trying not to identify) working for the health exchanges in an eastern state. They are absolutely appalled at the level of corruption and awarding of contracts to relatives who have no experience in what they are going to have to handle. And this is one state!
    Things are best handled on the local level where it can be more easily fized!

  • 1hemlock Tooele, Utah
    Dec. 27, 2012 4:20 p.m.

    The second suggestion to adopt Obama care is wrong. 1) Government insurance (Medicare or Medicaid) does not pay well. 2)The people that have used the ER in the past will see they cannot get in to see a doctor right away (see # 1)and because of the sudden influx of patients there will be a delay and so they will go to the ER but this time they have insurance but we all are paying for it. The ER bill will be huge. 3) Costs will skyrocket as more of the folks hit the ER. 4) Increasing the number of physicians will take many years, probably 10 -15 years especially if the quality is to be maintained. Simply letting anyone into med school will not work. There is still undergraduate school and the weeding out that takes place there. There are classrooms to be built, residency programs need to expand (which costs money). This was not thought out and is/and will be a disaster. So if #2 is wrong the other suggestions are at best questionable in their efficacy.

  • JDL Magna, UT
    Dec. 27, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    Here's a novel Idea.

    Why don't we get government out of the lives of the people and quit trying to fix everyones problems? Why not go back to the days of county, church and benevolent society hospitals? Why not go back to the time when people were responsible for themselves and not entitled to every form of service imaginable?

    Government running our lives is not the answer, no matter how many old men and drummers think it is.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Dec. 27, 2012 8:04 a.m.


    Being proactive is going to be recognized and make it better for the states citizens. Does our governor thinkl the 250,000 in his state that are currently uninsured will be healthy forever or is he fine with seeing them all in the most expensive location...the emergency room?

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 26, 2012 12:15 p.m.

    It's time to recognize that the SCOTUS exempted the states from having to expand medicaid.

    Dred Scot was also the law of the land - that did not mean we should just have accepted it.

    taking further obligations not fully funded will only add burdens to the taxpayers they do not want.

    Just because good Germans rolled over to the Nazis in 1935 does not mean we should give up the fight against the expansions of evil in our own land despite SCOTUS rulings validating Obamacare. Of course, the SCOTUS has not heard the argument that the spending portion of Obamacare originated in the senate, contrary to the constitution, which requires spending bills originate in the house.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Dec. 26, 2012 11:00 a.m.

    Its time to recognize that the Affordable Healthcare Act (AKA: Obamacare) is now the law of the land. It has survived numerous attempts to repeal it and a Supreme Court challenge. Declining to establish health exchanges is not going to make the law go away. Such a stance only hurts the State of Utah and especially the people who need affordable health care. The election is over, lets get on with governing responsibly.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 26, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    It's very refreshing to read an article that not only points out problems but also makes some very valid suggestions.

    Thank you, Sir.