Health insurers fear young people will opt out

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  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    July 9, 2013 3:01 p.m.


    Who cares if an LDS GA said it, it is only his opinion. Also, the story could be false, like those stories from Paul Dunn. Bankruptcy is not dishonest if you have a major medical catastrophe. Who can pay $100,000 in medical bills?? Not many.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    July 8, 2013 8:00 p.m.

    I wouldn't be one second without health insurance and I am healthy. If someone chooses to be uninsured, has a catastrophic medical bill and then chooses to file bankruptcy that would be dishonest. Someone always pays, in this case the hospital would pass the cost along in the form of higher premiums. The LDS church mandates health insurance. I am quoting a general authority in a conference address. I can document if you doubt me. He spoke about taking out a 30 day policy at considerable expense. His son broke his neck in a diving and the family was spared a financial catastrophe.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    July 5, 2013 3:41 p.m.


    If somebody really had that big of an accident and couldn't pay it they would just file bankruptcy. If not, it was their fault for not having insurance. but why should they be forced to have it or be penalized? It makes no sense. Obama is a joke no matter what you say.

  • ExecutorIoh West Jordan, UT
    July 5, 2013 2:02 p.m.

    Another example why ACA is a failure. Nothing about the Affordable Care Act makes health care affordable for the average citizen.

  • Pac_Man Pittsburgh, PA
    July 5, 2013 1:46 p.m.

    Mountanman: Romney wanted to keep parts of Obamacare remember? Now what that meant exactly really would have depended on the day of the week.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    July 5, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    Health insurance should function like car insurance: you don't use it unless you have a major emergency, like a hospital visit. I imagine premiums and other related expenditures would drop under such a system.

    Yearly doctor exams, a swab of the throat for possible strep, or other minor incidents could be paid for out of pocket (~$80), just like getting new tires for a car or getting an oil change is. You don't use your car insurance for routine measures, nor should health insurance be needed for those check-ups, either.

    Perhaps if there was a cataclysmic kind of policy--an insurance policy that you draw upon only for sudden, serious health issues--then more people like my college-aged kids who don't have insurance (because mom and dad can't handle the cost to add them) could afford some kind of coverage.

  • David Centerville, UT
    July 5, 2013 12:51 p.m.

    Progressives have a difficult time allowing people to make their own choices (unless it deals with gay marriage and abortion). Progressives want to force young, healthy people to purchase something they possibly wouldn't care. This article points out that many young adults can't afford the premiums and will pay the penalty (tax) instead.

    Really it's too bad that the abusive Obamacare is being forced upon us all.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 5, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    “I think it’s a growing recognition, particularly among conservative think tanks, that the idea of having large numbers of individuals who can afford health care, but chose instead to make the taxpayers pay, that that doesn’t work, that people have to have personal responsibility.” - Governor Mitt Romney

  • Clarissa Layton, UT
    July 5, 2013 12:24 p.m.

    Although I don't much care for Obamacare and believe it was a mistake to pass it. Young people need some education on health. I was perfectly fine until, at the age of 27, I was stricken with Multiple Sclerosis. Fortunately, I had a job with insurance, although I had rarely used it. Young people need to know that something like what happened to me might just happen to them.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    July 5, 2013 12:22 p.m.

    Young people under the age of 26 can stay on their parent's health insurance plan--no matter if they are working, attending school or sitting at home playing video games.

    "Healthy" young people can be involved in an auto accident or even end up having an emergency appendectomy.

    $3000/yr is a bargain for Mr. Lopez compared to one hospital bill which could easily wipe out an entire year, or more, of income.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    July 5, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    We need a single payer health care system. Who will volunteer to be that single payer?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 5, 2013 12:13 p.m.

    We need a single payer health care system so everyone can opt in.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    July 5, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    You don't have to be too smart to figure out how to game the system. If you break your leg you start an insurance program. After all it was a per-existing condition and MUST be covered by law. This is a major fail for insurance coverage but a big plus for tax revenue. Just more taxes.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    July 5, 2013 10:07 a.m.

    This health care act is just another way of sticking it to the married middle class. Why does Obama get to decide what is considered affordable? I don't think %8 of my income is affodable. That and it penalizes me because I am married.. What a joke. Nice one Obama, nice one.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    July 3, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    Don't blame me, I voted for Romney! Enjoy your new healthcare America because everything the Democrats told us it would be is turning out to be a lie!

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    July 3, 2013 7:41 a.m.

    SSi was an insurance Until the Gov. stole the money. Insurance goes up so you will never know the cost. No, it's not for me, I don't want it. I think the money will go in the pocket of someone, not to help any one.

  • viejogeezer CARLSBAD, CA
    July 2, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    If Dan eats some bad sushi and gets botulism do you think he will stay home and die or will he hotfoot it to the emergency room and let the rest of us pay for it?

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    July 2, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    Another shocker - people not doing what Obama thought they would.

  • John20000 Cedar Hills, UT
    July 2, 2013 4:35 p.m.

    Everyone wants to opt out, not just the young people.