Letter: Cutting cost-sharing will hurt Utahns in need

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  • justasimpleguy Provo, UT
    Oct. 30, 2017 6:52 a.m.

    Employing the weight of his position, Dr. Harrison argues that by eliminating PPACA cost-sharing subsidies, President Trump is jeopardizing the health of thousands in Utah. The impact of PPACA has been, and will be debated for years. Debated points include the proper role of government in health care, the constitutionality of the individual mandate, the failure of the majority of state exchanges, and the skyrocketing insurance premiums.

    Focus on the elimination of the subsidies Dr. Harrison decries. These subsidies are a violation of the U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 9, which authorizes Congress only to appropriate funds from the Treasury. The hasty passage of PPACA was absent any provision to appropriate funding for the cost-sharing subsidies. Congress refused funding and the court upheld their action.

    There should be appropriate debate in Congress regarding the constitutional role of government in health care; and, if funds are to be appropriated, how they will be administered. None of this occurred when PPACA was ramrodded through Congress without a single Republican vote at midnight, December 24, 2009.

    Rex Ripplinger, MD
    Cardiology Hospitalist
    Utah Valley Hospital

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 9:36 a.m.

    It's not about those in need. Indeed, it's not really about people at all. It's about the corporate interests, and how to enrich them.
    It's health care.

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    Oct. 20, 2017 12:48 a.m.

    Our country only looks out for the rich. Sorry dude.

    We say we are a Christian country but really we only worship money.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 19, 2017 9:18 p.m.

    Congress never appropriated the money so our former President wrote the checks anyway. Current President is prodding the Congress to formally appropriate the money or change the law.

    It's not like the insurance companies aren't making money. They have more people paying premiums, some subsidized by the government, but many of those people can't afford the deductible so they go without care and make no claims.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 19, 2017 5:27 p.m.

    "This latest action by the administration will cause real pain to real people."

    Trump doesn't care, nor do the majority of Republican lawmakers. As long as they can ruin "Obamacare". If they would have left it named "Romneycare", it would be fully funded and they'd be bragging about how good it is. Truly shameful.