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April 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Obamacare: Why are we so scared of a single-payer system?

Syndicated columnist Paul Krugman is absolutely correct about the simplicity of a government single-payer system compared to the private insurance mess that is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [“Obamacare: a Rube Goldberg device,” Opinion, April 5]. Single-payer systems cost half as much and cover everyone without bankruptcies. The ACA does nothing to control the…

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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, health care, Obamacare

March 31, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Health care: Numbers of enrolled don’t explain much

Columnist Danny Westneat writes, “Statewide, about 375,000 people have insurance due to health care reform” [”As GOP grumbles, many more now insured,” Local News, March 30]. I sure do. My individual policy was canceled, and I was offered a policy with a much higher deductible for double the premium. I was forced into…

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March 25, 2014 at 7:18 AM

Health care coverage is more than just numbers: It’s about quality

In the article “Elusive numbers make it hard to grade state’s health coverage” [Local News, March 22] the writer rightly points out the difficulty of measuring the impact of the Affordable Care Act in terms of numbers of policies or people. It’s questioned how many of the new enrollees were new to health insurance,…

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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Constance A. Hellyer, Obamacare

December 18, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Free market and competition should control health care

Government is not capable of running our nation’s health-care system

The system giving access to the insurance products is flawed so severely that those who need it have to pick up the phone and call [“People stymied by error codes on state health exchange may get more time to enroll,” Online, Dec. 15].

Now the government is asking insurance companies to guarantee coverage to those who tried to sign up but were unable to complete it.

It is embarrassing that in this technically advanced world, with computers, software and Internet that this is happening.

This is unfair to the providers and those trying to purchase it. It is a perfect example of why the government is not capable of running our nation’s health-care system. It is welcome to regulate it, but they obviously should not be this much involved.

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December 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

The Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction

Provides treatment for those with pre-existing conditions

President Obama speaks about the new health care law during a White House Youth Summit in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

President Obama speaks about the new health care law during a White House Youth Summit in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Andrew Reding might be among the small minority who have to pay higher health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act [“I can’t keep my health plan,” Opinion, Dec. 6].

However, he fails to recognize he is actually getting more. Not only can he no longer be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition, it cannot be rescinded if he utilizes it. Should he suffer from a catastrophic illness or injury, there is no longer a limit on what his insurance will pay. Of bankruptcies filed in 2007, over 60 percent were due to medical expenses — 75 percent of those individuals had health insurance.

This doesn’t happen in other developed nations. They provide universal health care at a lower per-capita cost than the U.S. system, and have better outcomes. They don’t utilize for-profit insurance companies, and because all are covered, treatment is sought at earlier stages.

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December 3, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Keep political corruption and bankruptcy out of health care

Single-payer system can standardize medical costs

Regarding the costs of health care, Paul Krugman need only repeat the indisputable facts about single-payer systems. Single Payer systems all around the world average 10 percent of GDP while we spend 20 percent of GDP annually in the U.S. on health care [“Obamacare’s secret success,” Opinion, Dec. 1].

Statistics show how only a single-payer system can control costs best into the future. That’s the only reason we’re all talking about health care in the first place.

These facts prove that the Affordable Care Act is nothing but a shameful continuation of the massively corrupt health-care mess in this country. At least 30 of the authors of the ACA are now “consultants,” helping corporations navigate the dizzying law.

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October 28, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Remember government shutdown for 2014 elections

Congressional members responsible for delayed budget Interesting that many view the launch of the Obamacare health law as a dismal failure, many senators who voted for the start of the program now say it should be delayed [“Shutdown delays IRS tax-filing season,” News, Oct. 23]. This is all the House of Representatives wanted in an exchange for…

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October 25, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Health-care: Bring states online one at a time

Individuals states should focus to remedy health-care glitch Contrasting the two articles in The Seattle Times about the states that are successfully signing up enrollees in the Affordable Care Act and those that cannot sign up using the national website, it seems to me the solution to this problem is hiding in plain sight [“Obama concedes…

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October 24, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Republicans: Improve Obamacare, don’t fight it

Why not change Obamacare? That’s the way our democracy is designed to work The Republican Party is obsessed with repealing Obamacare, as the House of Representatives has voted 40 plus times for repeal. The Republican-controlled House was willing to partially shut down our government for 16 days, and tried to hold our country hostage by not…

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October 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Good to know health-care computer glitches are being solved

Your article “Obama taps experts to fix online snags in care plan” [page one, Oct. 21] is interesting to me. As a college student in my mid-20s, I am finding myself needing to sign up for my own health insurance at the same time as President Obama’s health-care reforms are taking effect. I had previously heard about…

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