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March 31 deadline looms

March 11, 2014

March 31 may be a significant — and very expensive — date in your life. Don’t know why? That is not unusual. Tens of millions of Americans do not, according to public opinion polls....

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locomotive

Mar-11-14 6:33 PM

SW, you and I are the same, paying our own way, taking care of our own healthcare, until we are now FORCED to buy insurance because lawmakers said so.

It's really a TAX like the SCOTUS said, so taxpayers will have to pay and pay and pay for healthcare for everyone to be covered. Your attitude about NOT wanting to be paid for is rare, especially when this law intends to FORCE you and others like you into a certain category you'd rather not be in.

What's the option? Pay the TAX instead of going on medicaid. The old phrase applies once again: there ain't no such thing as a free lunch, or free healthcare, even though some would like to imagine it's free or even "affordable."

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Legend

Mar-11-14 6:04 PM

Oil controls our lives and threatens our financial well being with it's pollution and fluctuating prices. It started an inflation roller coaster in 1973. My healthplan cost $30 in 1979 and $1,500 in 2004. Our big banks nearly collapsed our country in 2008. Those things may b ok with u. i detest those things. The ACA is an attempt 2 fix one of those big problems with the greed in our private sector. If it was so bad the right would have to lie about it to sell u. If u have a better answer 2 our 3 big problems--the world is listening. Our founding fathers warned of those (koch's)who would attempt to buy the Government.

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PoeticJustice16

Mar-11-14 3:20 PM

The question isn't "what do you do if you are required to have" insurance?

The question is -- why do you think the rest of us should have to pay YOUR hospital bills?

One out of every two North Dakotans is overweight. One out of three is morbidly obese.

On top of that -- you people smoke cigarettes, and you drink enough booze to make this the Beer Guzzling capital of the nation.

What makes you people think somebody else should pay for you or your snot-nosed kids?

The free ride is over.

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kingdom

Mar-11-14 2:39 PM

those of us with insurance have paid for those without for a very long time. Clinics/hospitals have discounted the cost to the uninsured and tacked the charges on to our bills. We, or our insurance, has paid more for our services. Then, in turn, our costs go up because the insurance companies will charge us more. After having health insurance for several years, you may notice that your premiums rise every year. Lower health care costs can benefit all of us.

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locomotive

Mar-11-14 1:16 PM

"Who do you think pays for those who don't have health insurance (or any kind of insurance, for that matter) but need health care? That's right, all of us. But, somehow, those who choose not to have health care shouldn't have to pay any sort of penalty because that's infringing upon their rights. What about my right to not have to pay their medical bills?"

How can it be that when people with no insurance have paid their own health care bills from clinics, hospitals, etc., that BeauDay says that the bills have been paid by BeauDay?

Is this a popular healthcare myth? Or can BeauDay prove the assertion?

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BeautifulDay

Mar-11-14 1:05 PM

I am so disgusted by the right wing hypocrisy. Who do you think pays for those who don't have health insurance (or any kind of insurance, for that matter) but need health care? That's right, all of us. But, somehow, those who choose not to have health care shouldn't have to pay any sort of penalty because that's infringing upon their rights. What about my right to not have to pay their medical bills? The right wing does nothing but preach about the ills of big government and keeping the government from making choices for us. But it's OK if that same government says I can't have an abortion, or marry someone of the same sex, or decides to pass tax cuts for big business. Just as long as they don't take my guns away or require me to have health insurance. There is no arguing with that kind of logic.

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kingdom

Mar-11-14 12:44 PM

I respectfully decline the award. An intrusion perhaps, if you don't like the idea of more insured people. Many of the stories cited in the media are half-truths and some are blatantly untrue. Many of these poor people were hired by Americans for Prosperity, AKA the Koch brothers. A simple follow up will show you that. Thank you Sen Reid. There are so few reasonable voices left in the country.

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FreedomRings

Mar-11-14 11:59 AM

As usual Loco makes common sense out of the rhetoric displayed here; great job Loco.

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locomotive

Mar-11-14 11:41 AM

kingdom wins the red herring award.

Bases are not government invasion.

Forcing people to buy a product like insurance is government invasion.

Taxing people, with or without representation, is government invasion.

Compiling people's data is government invasion.

Once terms are defined, then an argument can begin.

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locomotive

Mar-11-14 11:25 AM

kingdom: "The media, including you boys, have let this happen with half-true or untrue horror stories about the ACA."

So Sen. Harry Reid was right? NONE of the stories told by real people are true?

If this is SUCH a wonderful law, why aren't Democrats that are running for election in 2014 not praising it from the hilltops?

The ACA is a stinker. One reason is because the President has delayed its full implementation for political reasons. Why support a stinker?

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MattRothchild

Mar-11-14 11:13 AM

So, is anyone here going to add anything substantive, or will it just be more of the same old, same old.

Bailing out the health insurance industry with a massive windfall now required by law. You people are such corporate tools.

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kingdom

Mar-11-14 11:00 AM

muleskinner, I would bet you are not thinking about the invasion of federal dollars supporting our fine state at MAFB, GFAFB, farm payments, road construction etc. Government "invasion" indeed!

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FreedomRings

Mar-11-14 10:31 AM

rajiihammr sounds a lot like BillGarr16

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muleskinner

Mar-11-14 10:26 AM

US House Representative Earl Pomeroy, Democrat, North Dakota, voted for Obamacare or the ACA. When his term expired, he was opposed by Rick Berg, a Republican. Pomeroy was defeated all because he voted for Obamacare, no other reason. Surely not because Rick Berg was a strong candidate, that's for sure.

If you want to blame Republicans, then you are just using red herring for chum to land some suckers.

Maybe some of you stupid Democrats don't remember Earl Pomeroy, I know it is easy to forget, but I did vote for him once upon a time, but not in 2010.

But, the final result can conclusively manifest the reason Rick Berg won the election, Pomeroy voted for the Affordable Care Act.

Don't worry though, he landed a nice job at some law firm.

You know, I'll scratch your back, if you scratch mine while the good people of North Dakota got nothing except for more government invasion that costs them more.

If you want to thank somebody for that, thank Earl.

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rajiihammr

Mar-11-14 10:10 AM

Hey Sickworld There is nothing stopping you from digging into your wallet and buying insurance. Take personal responsibility and write a check. No one will make you be on Medicaid. What an inane comment!!

Or, don't buy insurance and pay the penalty come tax time next year. Not having insurance is the least of your worries, get a job, you leech.

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BillGarr2016

Mar-11-14 10:06 AM

Sickworld sounds a lot like landslide14.

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kingdom

Mar-11-14 9:57 AM

unless you go to the clinic or hospital with cash in your hand or are lucky enough to set up payments, the tax payers are already paying for your care. Thanks for your concern. Hope you get better soon.

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rajiihammr

Mar-11-14 9:54 AM

In the West Virginia version of this piece published March 7th there were just 5 comments and all were right in lock step with its sentiments. So refreshing to read the early comments here. I guess our trolls are late risers...it's daylight saving time boys, get up.

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BillGarr2016

Mar-11-14 9:07 AM

landslide14 claims...."Hes already slaughtered 6 MILLION working Americans"

Will more Americans be slaughtered by March 31st?

$50,000,000.00 has been wasted so far by the Republican party of Koch Brothers trying to repeal Obamacare.

Imagine being willing to suffer and perhaps die for such wrong-headed beliefs. No need to imagine....join the GOP.

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GoInPeace

Mar-11-14 8:41 AM

I do beleive April 15 might be more of a problem for the republicans.I think they are running out of places to hide their money.Goinpeace

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muleskinner

Mar-11-14 8:09 AM

Just one more item the gov does to negatively impact all Americans.

When are people going to figure out the both the domestic and foreign policies are always negatively impacting all Americans?

When will that be?

Millions upon millions would prefer to ignore all of it, Obama the most, along with all of what the gov does, but the gov and Obama won't let them.

Obama hop skips and jumps across the planet while ordinary jills and joes hope they make to next month's bills paid in full.

Obama could care less about the American people, he'd rather golf and forget about it all. Then, upon returning, issues another of a flurry of executive orders to make your life more miserable.

That's the real story.

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kingdom

Mar-11-14 7:59 AM

Instead of informing people, republicans keep holding out the prospect of repeal. 50 votes worth. The media, including you boys, have let this happen with half-true or untrue horror stories about the ACA. For the poor folk who believe it, you bear a whole lot of responsibility.

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