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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    VA gets care at much less cost than “private”, primarily by negotiation of prices, like on drugs. My recent “quick stop” to the private doc (ER, it was weekend) was $378 for less than 5 minutes.

    Mitt, Ryan, and Republicans claims that private insurance and care coverage is cheaper is totally bogus, as my doc does many times as much paperwork for the private insurance, as for VA/ChampVA.

    With pre-existing conditions like mine, “private” policy for anyone new would either not be possible, or $5,000 a month would be CHEAP!

    Single payer, folks. You keep your private doctors, hospitals etc (t’ain’t “socialized medicine”) and you’d get better, faster, cheaper care, because the doc’s office staff would be cut with far less paperwork to do.

  2. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    ^Quite the contrary. INcreased backlog, yes. Did Congress under Boeher sufficiently increase funding for staffing? No. Did large number of ’Nam era vets start applying, as well as continuing Iraq and Afghan vets? Yes.

    Does a Republican controlled House do anything? No. Did republicans vow to do everything they could to limit Obama to one term, even if it meant destroying the country, and our veterans? YES!

  3. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    ^Churchie: It’s called the influx of “baby boomers” aging and needing help, mostly thanks to Bush crashing the economy in ‘08. Check out the VA’s own pages, or VFW, or DAV statistics and articles, I do. Maybe if you checked some real facts, not just “links”, and spent as much time attacking the real culprits in the Republican party, instead of me, you’d find out more.

    btw: my son is among those being abandoned by "leftovers’ from previous appointments and elevations in the Pentagon, NOT the over-stretched VA. Also, in the last week, I’ve contacted three ‘Nam era vets now looking for assistance with their health problems, and they’ll be going to sign up with VA, after all these years, and I live in a tiny little town. There ARE a bunch of us out there.

  4. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Per Mitch McConnell,the American health care system is the best in the world and only needs a little tweaking. People who are not insured is not a problem.

  5. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 4 years ago

    Over 18k ppl died in their homes from lack of access to healthcare last year.

  6. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, about 4 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    That’s right C Downs, around 20,000 die annually because they can’t get coverage.
    -Also, hundreds of thousands go bankrupt annually because of healthcare bills (Harvard Medical College says 700,000);
    -Death by medical mishap is the highest by far in the U.S. among nine richest nations;
    -Neonatal health of babies is dead last of 23 most developed nations.
    -Even under Obamacare, around 23 million will not have insurance;
    -By any metric, the U.S. system is the costliest on the globe. Administration take up about 20% of costs. By comparison, administration under that “socialist” British system takes only 5%. And the British live longer on average.
    Its a strange situation when you consider that medical technology in the U.S. is some of the best available.
    It means “for profit” healthcare doesn’t work very well for the masses. The rich fare much better.

  7. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 4 years ago


    Sad story, but excellent post…Thank you Gypsy.

  8. Ketira shena Pretarasedrin

    Ketira shena Pretarasedrin said, about 4 years ago

    I’m not doing that because there are no jobs – I’m doing it because no one will hire me simply because I’m obese (among other conditions, at least two I can prove that are genetic). It seems that if you’re slim (in my area of Florida), you at least have a chance of getting a job.
    Problem is that there are at least 1000 people ahead of you trying for the exact same job. So why not file for Disability? It’s the only option open to me.

  9. Ketira shena Pretarasedrin

    Ketira shena Pretarasedrin said, about 4 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    HA. I went to the emergency room twice last year – for the same reason. Both times, not only was I billed for the services I got in the hospital, but also the ER visit as well. I like the hospital (they have very nice staff there), but I will not go back there unless I have insurance.
    ….and about a month after the last visit, the Debt Collectors started hounding me with phone calls, even when I told the hospital I could not pay them!
    Romney is wrong about ER visits. What does he care? If he gets sick, he has a ton of Insurance via the GOP to help him get well….

  10. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 4 years ago

    @Ketira shena Pretarasedrin

    I liked the post but didn’t understand the HA. Did I misspeak?
    Prior to having a job with medical benefits, your story was one my family went through. I sincerely hope you are in a better situation with good health for you and those you love.


  11. Ketira shena Pretarasedrin

    Ketira shena Pretarasedrin said, about 4 years ago

    EXCUSE ME? When I was young – in my teens – Dad didn’t have “a couple of million dollars” to give me. Otherwise, I’d have gone into Stocks….
    When I was young, both parents worked while my brothers looked after me. (I’m the youngest of my parents’ three kids.) In fact, the only reason we had fish a lot of times for dinner was because of one of Dad’s jobs: cleaning under fishing boats. (He got the captains to pay him half in cash & half in the day’s catch.) Between the two of them, at least my parents made ends meet in taking care of us…..
    So don’t give me that BS about borrowing from my father. In fact, not long after I graduated from HS/Secondary (to those over the pond), he had to hunt for investors to start his dream business: a Dive Shop. Even when things got going, it was a “family” business, with me helping Mother out by doing inventory. Next time, ask me before you assume something about me. Right now, you’re looking like the first three letters in that word.

  12. Ketira shena Pretarasedrin

    Ketira shena Pretarasedrin said, about 4 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Ah – that “HA” was because not all hospitals are non-profit these days. Many have gone to being “for profit” via acceptance of any insurance program.
    Sorry if that wasn’t clear to you; there goes my ADD again….
    : /
    ….and right now I’m in the middle of appealing (with a lawyer’s help) the State denying me Disability. They didn’t like my recall of records, so I’m going before the judge. I figure once they see me….
    ; )

  13. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, about 4 years ago

    us health care system is crap and unfair. we have a version of the uk system for our military. a version of the japanese system for our seniors.

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