For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. trekman58

    trekman58 said, over 2 years ago

    Can’t do that these days – you’ll pop over the 50lb limit in a hurry!

  2. James

    James said, over 2 years ago

    Records?

  3. frugalnotcheap

    frugalnotcheap said, over 2 years ago

    Wow (my co-commenting friends): We’re all old enough to ‘remember-when’ and still be tech-savvy.

  4. Beleck3

    Beleck3 said, over 2 years ago

    lol, Blue Cross. at least they have National Health Insurance in Canada. here it is predatory “hurry up and die” non health coverage.

    socialism rears its’ “ugly” head once again in everyday life.

  5. Jim in CT

    Jim in CT said, over 2 years ago

    You can pack light bulbs and books in the same case if you know how to pack properly. (I’ve shipped a lot of stuff.)
    And I’m betting Jon is putting on an act.

  6. Jim in CT

    Jim in CT said, over 2 years ago

    @Beleck3

    I’m nostalgic for Blue Cross/Blue Shield. They seemed to cover everything.
    -————-
    About 10 years ago, I was on Social Security disability, my wife was figthing leukemia, and we had a sick son. I was caring for them.
    I discovered a lump under my jaw, and had no insurance.
    I had to wait 6 months before I could be covered by Medicare before it could be removed.
    By then, the only one who didn’t know it was cancer was the surgeon.
    For those 6 months, my wife and son were terrified, and I could do nothing.
    I wouldn’t wish those 6 months on anyone – even the people who are still trying to kill health care reforms.

  7. GuiltyBystander

    GuiltyBystander said, over 2 years ago

    How true. I just downloaded 700 old-time radio shows to a 32MB SCD card (that already had hundreds of music albums on it) that’s the size of one of my fingernails and my Kindle has nearly 1,200 books on it. I’m as old-school as a lot of fiftysomethings, but some new tech stuff is revelatory…and space-saving.

  8. Stuart Gathman

    Stuart Gathman said, over 2 years ago

    @Jim in CT

    Thanks to the health “care” “reforms”, many more are now in that sad situation. When the transition to socialized healthcare is complete, you can look forward to spending that 6 months on a waiting list – wishing you were super rich so you could just pay for it outright.

  9. argy.bargy2

    argy.bargy2 said, over 2 years ago

    @Jim in CT

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    I’m sorry for your experiences, but you are far from alone and there will be many who have similar experiences as a result of the way the alleged ‘Affordable Care Act’ was set up.
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    As someone born with ‘pre-existing conditions’ I always hoped for a genuine reform of how health care is provided. After reading the report of the Actuary for Health and Human Services on the ‘ACA’ (Health and Human Services runs Medicare and Medicaid), I have decided I can never retire and try to use Medicare as my primary insurance.
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    The Actuary (not a partisan figure; reports to both Congress and the Administration) found that more than $8 billion is being taken directly from the FICA trust fund set up to pay for Medicare claims, in order to pay for the expansion of Medicaid and subsidies for insurance for those who earn too much to be eligible for Medicaid.
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    In order to make sure that the money won’t be spent on Medicare instead, the Actuary found that the ACA set strict caps on how much a doctor or hospital can be paid for providing service to someone covered by Medicare. The caps, according to the Actuary, have nothing to do with the costs of services and are based solely on the goal for reducing Medicare expenditures that year.
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    The Actuary estimated that at least 10% of doctors and hospitals will have to turn away new Medicare-insured patients, or run the risk of bankruptcy. (Here in Florida, we’ve had hospitals close because emergency room bills run up by undocumented workers were never paid, so I do know that hospitals can and will shut down when they can’t pay their bills. This is not hyperboly.)
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    The result, since a lot of people born after World War II are about to become Medicare-eligible, will mean that a lot of people will have an insurance card that no one will be able to accept. So people will die of treatable disease and illness because they are over the age of 65, and will be treated for those same conditions if they are under the age of 65.
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    A decision has been made about this nation’s priorities, and the decision was made based on the idea that one group could only be provided medical care at the expense of another group. The idea the reduced war expenses might pay for domestic expenses was discarded, mostly because our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were fought with borrowed money.
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    I don’t know all the reasons why some members of Congress or other people are opposing the ACA the way it stands. But my reasons are those that I’ve given.
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    It is NOT a reform to rob Peter to pay the expenses of Paul. Real reform would have found a way to to pay for the care of those with pre existing conditions and insufficient funds, without leaving those who had paid FICA taxes all their working lives with greatly reduced access to care.

  10. exturk

    exturk said, over 2 years ago

    Is it true that in Canada the insurance covers abortions-
    but there’s a 7-month waiting list?

  11. exturk

    exturk said, over 2 years ago

    How to tell if you should fly or not-
    Is the crew lining up at the insurance vendor?

  12. amaryllis2

    amaryllis2 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    This strip was written back when Blue Cross was the gold standard. About twenty years ago, though, Republican governors in a lot of states allowed it to go to for-profit status, and the result was the CEO of the umbrella group of Blue Crosses pulling down over $50 million a year while claiming it had no impact on patient care. If the Republicans didn’t want health care reform they shouldn’t have made it need to be reformed back to nonprofit status.

  13. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 2 years ago

    Looks like John’s dad is a reader. He doesn’t just veg out in front of the TV for entertainment.

  14. packratmac

    packratmac GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Who would have thought references to “books” and “records” would show that this is an" old" strip?

  15. westny77

    westny77 said, over 2 years ago

    It’s nice Ellie gets along with her in laws. Todays luggage has wheels so this script is dated.

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