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Uncertainty surrounds effects of Affordable Care Act

October 1, 2013

MARSHALL — While the funding for the Affordable Care Act, known popularly as “Obamacare,” is still being fought over at the federal level, the MNsure health care exchange started accepting......

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Oct-03-13 12:40 PM

Good point, SEL!

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Oct-02-13 5:45 PM

Hartman, that is an excellent suggestion, but you're overlooking the fact that the purpose of news is no longer to inform, but to entertain. An informative article full of facts would be useful, but boring. Imagine how dull these forums would be if everyone was making fact based arguments instead of spouting rhetoric and hyperbole?

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Oct-02-13 4:14 PM

Note to Steve Browne: Since it appears those you selected to interview have no idea what the Affordable Care Act is all about, why not write an article that explains what is actually in the legislation. An article covering the facts of reforms in the ACA would allow individuals to have actual facts to form their opinions instead of... Well... judging by the comments, all those interviewed seem to already have healthcare. You couldn't find anyone to interview who actually planned to acquire insurance through the exchange?

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Oct-02-13 8:18 AM

Health care is our ENTIRE economic system?? Someone has been watching too much Faux News.

If a free-market system for essential services is so good, then why don't we privatize police and fire fighting services? "Oh, I'm sorry Mrs. Jones, but your policy doesn't cover checking on prowlers around your house, but if you or a family member are actually murdered we will cover 80% of the investigative costs, once your deductible had been met. Now, if I can just get your credit card info, I can dispatch an officer right away."

"I understand your house is on fire, but I don't have your insurance information on file. Oh, you don't have fire-fighting insurance? Then I'll need payment up front."

"You've had a heart attack and don't have insurance? We'll do the minimum necessary to save your life, but I'm afraid we're going to have to put you and your family on the street after we take everything you own to pay the bill."

Yeah, that sounds like a great ide

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Oct-02-13 12:51 AM

Surely, nationalization of our ENTIRE economic system “is the right way to go”. After all, it worked so well for the Soviet Union…

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Oct-01-13 5:35 PM

The GOP hates the ACA because they think it is some kind of communist experiment, and the Dems hate it because it doesn't go far enough towards universal healthcare. By that measure it means it's probably a pretty good law: everyone hates it.

Here's the sad truth: Americans spend a higher percentage of their paycheck on insurance premiums than the percentage of tax that workers in the UK, Canada, and Germany pay for their national health system, and get less coverage in return. As long as healthcare is considered a for-profit business and not an essential service everyone has a right to we will be paying too much for too little.

The US ranks #1 in health care spending per-capita, but our health care system only ranks 37th in the world and average life expectancy only ranks 33rd.

Maybe a national health care system is the right way to go. Seems to work well for the rest of the developed world.

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Oct-01-13 12:54 PM

Consumers are better able to make appropriate choices when they are given accurate information. The misinformation circulated by those opposed to the Affordable Healthcare Act is a disservice to those seeking affordable healthcare. Healthcare insurance is generally more complicated than it needs to be and there is plenty of blame to go around for the lack of reliable information that has been presented thus far. Given the complexities of health care, it’s difficult to predict what effect specific polices will have on overall cost and level of care. Health care reform is a work in progress and it will take time to determine which policies work and which do not. Uncertainty existed in Mass. when similar healthcare reform was enacted. Uncertainty faded as the reforms accomplished their intended objectives. This legislation has the capacity to improve the health and welfare of all Americans – but only if all sides are working towards that same goal.

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Oct-01-13 9:21 AM

I agree lefse but for every 1 full time job created there are 7 part time jobs. Obamacare will not solve this countries problems. We are in big trouble with our national debt. We can only hope things get turned around.

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Oct-01-13 6:56 AM

I would most certainly hope that the college students interviewed would plan to be on their own insurance plans before they are 26, unless they are going to grad school for several years. Why should they plan to be on their parent's plans until they are 26? I graduated from college, got a job and got my health insurance through them. That should be the plan unless they plan on working in a job with very few employees.

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