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Charles Krauthammer: The real world of Obamacare repeal

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  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    March 21, 2017 10:03 a.m.

    Howard, I am glad we agree.

    I have a similar story while working in Alaska. I had an infection and needed antibiotics. I never saw an actual doctor, the bill was over three grand and the pills cost nearly three hundred dollars. My out of pocket was eleven hundred dollars.
    This was over tweleve years ago, under the old system before Obamacare.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    March 20, 2017 12:37 p.m.

    John Boehner said the GOP would never be able to pass a health care bill. As this drags on the GOP will start to eat their own. At some point, they'll wash their hands of it, blame the Democrats and do the thing they most want to do, the thing they have time and time proven they can do. Cut taxes for the wealthy and increase our national debt.

  • Spangs Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2017 10:50 a.m.

    Ah, the 'heavy hand' of government providing health insurance to 20 million people.
    How awful Obamacare is. What a disaster, as Trump would say. How can we go on living with ourselves?

  • Husker1 Northern Utah County, UT
    March 20, 2017 10:50 a.m.

    ACA intended to provide everyone with health insurance (sometimes by force...is that the American way?) but it didn't come close to giving everyone health care because of the ridiculous costs. I know people whose work hours were reduced because of ACA and their deductibles were so high they couldn't afford most care.

    ACA can be greatly improved by tort reform and the reduction of health care costs.

  • PamFlinders Sandy, UT
    March 20, 2017 1:02 a.m.

    He says "No western country has ever successfully repealed their healthcare plans"

    Do you know why? Because they work. Universal Healthcare systems work - because including everyone drives down the per-person risk. You wont lose everything you've worked for because your kid is unlucky enough to get cancer. You wont be risking everything because you decided to take a risk and start up a new business, meaning you wont be on group insurance for a while.

    Go online and ask someone who lives in Denmark or Austria or England what they think about their healthcare plan is and they will say: It's not perfect, but it's much better than the disfunctional system in the United States.

    So far, everyone I talked to can say a lot about their healthcare, but when I ask if they would switch places, NO ONE says yes.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    March 19, 2017 5:59 p.m.

    Lou Montana:

    In many cases the people that grossly profit are the doctors and hospitals. I have to wonder why a doctor that saw me for 30 seconds, if that, and ordered a shot of anti-biotic billed me/my insurance company over $600. The whole trip to the ER was close to $2000. These costs are obscene and I believe some board needs to be set up where doctors and hospitals have to explain these costs. It all sort of reminds me of those recent AFLAC commercials where the doctor is laughing at the patient about how they will lose their car because of a gall bladder operation. Or the injured skier that will have to move back in with his parents. Except in real life these situations aren't that funny and all too real.

    I'm all for tort reform as President Trump and the Republicans suggests that limits damages and offers protections to hospitals and doctors from frivolous lawsuits. But doctors and hospitals need to explain the large costs for some of their services and be held accountable. Simple things like getting your blood drawn should not cost over $100. This has to end.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    March 19, 2017 3:06 p.m.

    Any body that grossly profits from medical needs of the people should be in prison.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 19, 2017 2:05 p.m.

    I believe the answer will eventually be single payer.

    When you consider the billions of tax payers dollars spent on medical research, 95 billion just last year, the billions of dollars from charities for hospitals and other medical improvements, one asks who should benefit from all this. Should it be just those with the ability to pay or should it be every man, woman and child. I believe the later.

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    March 19, 2017 11:13 a.m.

    What next?

    A column by the captain of the Costa Concordia on best practices for piloting cruise ships?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 19, 2017 10:10 a.m.

    Maybe the problem, Charles, is that you see people being covered by the ACA as the result of some underhanded leftist scheming to raise expectations.
    This is the darkness of your conservative soul coming out. It's health care. More people having it is better, period. It has absolute value.
    We already know costs can be cut and coverage expanded with a single payer system. We already know we have the most expensive per capita health care in the world. And we know trump just killed meals on wheels, the environment and PBS to find $54 billion for what is already far and away the largest military budget in the world.
    The solutions are out there. There is money available. The question is...even though there is a moral and ethical imperative, do we want to do it?

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    March 19, 2017 9:47 a.m.

    There is another way. Do what Gov. Kasich suggest and actually come up with a compromise bill with bilateral support that will last longer than the next political winds blow.

    How about we start with the premise all Americans have equal opportunity/access, equal tax treatment, and the same plans and protections/coverages to choose from?

    Americans don't even realize there are separate risk pools, HMO's offer different products to different people at different prices based solely on their type of employment and if they have an employer that offers insurance or not. HMO's exit the individual marketplace and make billions per quarter in Corporate.

    There should be ONE market/risk pool for all!!

    How one makes money should not determine our health plan choices and the prices of those health plans.

    No juicey pre tax plans with strong protections that they have to cover maternity/mental health for employers with "more than 50" workers, separate unequal plans that cost twice as much for less coverage for those who purchase on the marketplace.

    All people should buy insurance pre tax or no one, then medicaid for truly poor and tax credits for the mostly poor.