John Florez: A healthy nation is a productive nation

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  • American Patriot Eagle Mountain, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    The ACA was forced upon U.S. and it is not the way things should have been done. The ACA is a train wreck happening and the taxpayers are going to feel it like never before. In fact, a few people I know of can no longer afford their healthcare through the ACA because the rate almost doubled for them and their families. Is it right to make a family member lose their job in order to afford healthcare? No! This whole operation is beyond stupid and is tearing this nation down - not building it up.

  • jean22 Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    I agree with this article!

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Oct. 13, 2013 4:11 p.m.

    Mr. Florez, unfortunately, you couldn't be more wrong. The 'do-gooders' are always out pretending to 'care' for people by giving them something at the expense of someone else. Commpulsion does not make a more moral or caring nation. It doesn't even do any good for the 'general welfare' as he proposes. Compulsion is evil and anytime someone gives someone else the right to get something by compulsion,such as government power,it makes that government more evil, not less. What we need is a more virtuous and God fearing nation, not a more immoral and government fearing nation. Without virtue and obedience to God, no government policy will do anything except put its citizens in chains. Greed, corruption, evil don't go away just because government seizes more power. It just makes greed, corruption, and evil more accessible to those in power. Free market capitalism, something we lost almost a century ago, would raise the boats of everyone and give everyone the dignity that comes with liberty and freedom. The 'do-gooders' can't see this no matter how telling the facts are about government power.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 12, 2013 10:31 a.m.

    I totally disagree with Mr. Florez's contention that the Federal Government has the responsibility to see that our noses are wiped. There is nothing in the Constitution that allows the Federal Government to handle that responsibility. The 10th Amendment clearly states that all duties not enumerated in the Constitution are to be left to other levels of government or to the individual.

    The Supreme Court ruled that ObamaCare is a tax and that Congress has the authority to tax us, but the Supreme Court has NOT ruled on whether the ObamaCare tax is constitutional. That tax was not in force at the time that the ruling was made; therefore, no damages could be shown, so that issue will be visited at a later date.

    If the Federal Government can force us to wipe our noses when they tell us to wipe our noses, then that level of government also has the authority to tell us that we must abort unborn babies and end the life of those who are no longer "assets" to society. It's all a matter of degree.

    Foolish people license government to exceed its authority for "the common good".

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    Employers should have nothing to do with health care. It's a bizarre concept. Health care is a basic human need, and a single payer system is the most moral and cost effective way to provide it. It doesn't take away your desire to work or get ahead in life but rather enhances it because it opens up so many options for workers and gets a monkey off the back of employers.

  • ronnie sandy, utah
    Oct. 12, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    I agree with the article. It reflects the needs of our society and the will of the people.

    To "The Hammer"

    "The best idea right now is to scrap the law and have both sides of the political spectrum sit down and hash out a real plan, otherwise we postpone real leadership standing up."

    Only a small minority believe in repealing the AFA. The vast majority reflect the sentiments of Lindsey Graham, rep. senator from South Carolina, who recently said that it is now time to work together to make the AFA work.

  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    No, John, what America needs are leaders who treasure freedom and respect the Constitution. The ACA (Obamacare) is a serious assault on both.

  • The Hammer lehi, utah
    Oct. 12, 2013 1:07 a.m.

    People are free to make choices. You can't take that away and you can't change people gravitating toward the path of least resistance unless there is a grim reaper standing over them.

    The moral to improve health is a good one but when that moral throws out the moral to work hard and earn your keep and pay for what you use, and in turn it forces others to pay for it, you lose the moral authority to enforce said moral. Being moral involves people making free choices to do whats right and not have the heavy hand of the government step in.

    Now onto the ACA. It was done with the thought of helping those who lacked the ability to afford or even have insurance. This is praise worthy, But it uses the same model that was failing prior to the ACA. Additionally it was passed through congress by hook and crook as it disregarded normal congressional order or real bipartisanship. The best idea right now is to scrap the law and have both sides of the political spectrum sit down and hash out a real plan, otherwise we postpone real leadership standing up.