Rural residents confront higher health care costs, exacerbated by Affordable Care Act

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  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    April 3, 2014 7:44 a.m.

    Hey a Guy with a Brain - The Congressional Budget Office still says the cost of health care will be less under the ACA than it otherwise would have been, and it will reduce the federal deficit.

    Nobody said that inflation would cease to exist.

    In other words, "You don't know what you think you know."

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    April 2, 2014 3:57 p.m.

    'Gary O' -

    You don't know what you think you know.

    Proof-positive #1: Obama and the Dems flat out said numerous, numerous times that health care prices would drop for most, if not all of us, once we all "carried the load".

    It ain't happening.....

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 31, 2014 1:37 p.m.


    Republicans yes.


    Many Republicans are liberals

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 31, 2014 11:17 a.m.

    Hi Cats
    Somewhere in Time, UT

    Thanks for reaching out.

    I realize that logic, and the acknowledgement of cause-and-effect relationships are pretty much universally ignored in "Conservative" circles. And it's easy to understand why.

    Those harsh realities are ignored by Republican "Conservatives" because Republican "Conservatives" are the very source of many serious problems. I can understand how it must be difficult for Republicans to admit that. And that's why they habitually deny otherwise easily recognizable facts.

    BTW, that phenomenon is called "Denial," and it's extremely common amongst Right Wingers. It's a way of psychologically coping with shattering truths, that if recognized, would crush their self-esteem and make a mockery of their false beliefs and unworkable ideologies.

    I get it. And I sympathize, and I'm so very glad I'm not a Republican.

    Everything I said is true. "Conservative" legislators had every opportunity to provide constructive input to the ACA, and most of them absolutely refused.

    They purposefully REFUSED to represent their constituents in a futile attempt at grandstanding.

    I'm sorry Cats, but government-hating, ideologically-driven, and easily-propagandized people who elect ineffective representation might well deserve that kind of representation.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    March 31, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    Gosh, GaryO, how could we have all missed something so simple??

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    March 31, 2014 9:37 a.m.

    Dear GaryO: Wow! When I see that kind of logic, it helps me to understand how Obama got elected in the first place. I guess denial is not a river in Egypt.

    The Unaffordable Care Act is a disaster which was wholly and solely perpetrated by the Democrats on the American people and the Democrats are going to have to account for it.

    At this point I've decided the only response to this mess is to not get sick.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 31, 2014 9:20 a.m.

    It really is a pity that people in rural areas have to pay more than their urban counterparts for health insurance. What is the root cause?

    The cause of this problem, as is the case with so many of America's problems, is American "Conservatism."

    Most rural areas are heavily Republican. And these "Conservative" states elect "Conservative" representatives.

    And it just so happens that when these Conservative politicians had a chance to weigh in on what would go into the ACA, they refused to do so. Most Republican congressmen and senators refused to have anything to do with the ACA. They made NO suggestions about what should go into the law. They merely sought to prevent the passage of the bill. So OBVIOUSLY the best interests of their constituents were NOT at all represented in the contents of the law by the "Conservative" representatives they chose to represent them.

    These "Conservative" politicians completely abrogated their responsibility to their constituents.

    That is what can happen when you elect "Conservatives" into positions of power and public trust.

    Can anyone think of a remedy to that problem?

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    March 31, 2014 7:15 a.m.

    marxist: So, it's better to have 1/3 of the population dealing with the "horror story" of being denied access because they can't afford it?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2014 12:46 a.m.

    For every ACA horror story there are at least two reporting new affordable access to health care. There may be some fixes to the ACA, but I can assure you that we're not going back to the old setup where 1/3 of the population was denied access, where the insured were maxed out, and others denied coverage altogether because of preexisting conditions.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 30, 2014 11:19 p.m.

    Higher rates for just the Obama voters only.

    Now that would be fair.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 30, 2014 7:26 p.m.

    "The affordable care act will save the average American family $2500 on their healthcare insurance premiums each year". What happened to all the promises we were told Obamacare would provide? The middle class will bare the burden of the high costs of Obamacare in higher premiums, co-pays and deductibles, period!

  • Hmmm... North Ogden, UT
    March 30, 2014 5:15 p.m.

    We are being succumbed by the wiles of ambitious and scheming leaders who oppress us with burdensome taxes, who lull us with hollow promises, who even encourage loose and lascivious living.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 30, 2014 4:29 p.m.

    The ACA is a mistake that fell short of the single payer system we need.