Study: 1 in 4 Americans faces economic hardships because of medical bills

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  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 5:18 p.m.

    WTZ Under our current system it is possible to incur medical bills that could exceed $100,000. Your comments show a total lack of understanding of the problems uninsured Americans face. I don't know if you are just trying to be funny or sarcastic. You are neither. Please try to be more thoughtful with current posts.

  • Mom of Six Northern Utah, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 4:55 p.m.

    It is so easy to be critical of others on a message board! As a parent of children with autoimmune diseases, health costs truly add up quick, even with health insurance. As for my family, I decided to work full time side by side with my husband to help with health care costs. So we will be a burden to no one! We are college educated individuals, who make a good living, but these costs kill you. How many of you can afford $1300 dollars for medicines, or a $6,000 pump for insulin? Not to mention the fact that the cost of insurance goes up year after year. Last year we shelled out 4K for items not covered by insurance. Not easy for people who work Blue-Collar types of jobs. Not all families are able to qualify for Medicaid or even Obamacare

  • Utah Health Policy Project Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 4:38 p.m.

    Stories like Ben's are not unique.
    Right now there are 60,000 Utahns who don't have affordable options for health insurance. They don't get insurance from their jobs. And they earn too little to purchase Obamacare, and they earn too much to qualify for Medicaid in Utah. And when a dozen stitches can cost $3,000, and a CT scan sets you back $5,000--an everyday accident can wipe out a family's savings and send the debt collectors after them.
    Fortunately, there is a better way forward for Utah.
    Some members of the Utah legislature are prepared to pass a Private Option to help people like Ben afford private insurance coverage to get him the care he needs to get back to work. This Private Option would leverage federal and state funds to eliminate Utah's 60,000-person coverage gap. It's the Utah solution to bring down our state's 13.2% uninsured rate.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 3:57 p.m.

    If you thought health care was expensive before, just wait until you see the total cost under Obamacare!

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 29, 2014 3:10 p.m.

    It is easy to be critical and complain about the less fortunate who suffer the effects of medical bills without insurance.

    People do not make a decision that them selves or a family member will become ill and require major medical care.

    It is forced upon them.

    I have never been without medical insurance my entire life. But I am empathic to those who can not qualify for a group plan or afford to purchase individual policies.

    Rather than look down on them and be critical we should explore ways to help them

    Like liability insurance for your car affordable catastropic medical insurance should be required for everyone with those who can post a bond that they could self fund any such costs.

  • wrz Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 29, 2014 2:44 p.m.

    "1 in 4 Americans faces economic hardships because of medical bills"

    I think what you meant to say is that 1 in 4 Americans face economic hardships because they spend their money on computers, cell phones, ipads, computer games, etc., dine out several times a week, and take expensive vacations... so there's nothing left to pay medical bills with.