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Jim Morin

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Lie pro suction on all those in the industry screwing us over.

  2. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 1 year ago

    The total Medicare budget for 2013 is $530 billion, of which, as the cartoonist points out, $750 billion is a complete waste, so we could easily cut 141% of the Medicare budget without any reduction in the quality of medical care for the elderly.

  3. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Michael wme

    If you would remember from the campaigns last year, the $750Billion is over 10 years.

    Morin’s got it all wrong.
    Obama was going to CUT Medicare by $750Billion.
    Romney was supposed to find a way to SAVE $750Billion of Medicare funding.
    Right? RIGHT!?!?

  4. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 1 year ago

    With that kind of waste, you would think that the government could afford a few more investigators to find and curtail the abuse.

  5. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 1 year ago

    @ dltroutma – Lie Pro Suction. I LOVE IT!!! Can I use it too?
    @ mikefive – thank you, that is one of my constant rants. More inspectors/auditors/efficiency experts/enforcers with firm guidelines can save our nation billions, even trillions.
    If Congress and the Executive will come out of the “shade” and into the light, they might actually see some solutions.
    As I left my doctor’s office yesterday morning, I saw to pharmaceutical reps talking in the parking lot with their SUV rear doors open and boxes of samples, flyers, and devices. They both looked like spokes models in their finally tailored suits and their flawless features. Not a hair out of place, and definitely NO flab under which an elected official might take shelter.
    Waste, fraud, and lobbying adds way too much costs to or health system. If you pay a company 1 million + to persuade doctors and politicians, that’s overhead and the cost gets passed to someone…usually, the US, or simply ‘us’.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  6. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, over 1 year ago

    There should be another big button on the fat guy:
    the insurance companies.

  7. Gary Kleppe

    Gary Kleppe said, over 1 year ago

    Medicare has far less waste and abuse than private insurance.

  8. sclark55

    sclark55 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Wow all those insightful buttons on his shirt. How about, Bad legislation to begin with?

  9. William Young

    William Young GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    These sorts of strips never show the super high cost of drugs and durable medical devices as budget busters,but they are much more of a problem for the budget.

  10. mythreesons

    mythreesons GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Durable medical devices should be totally overhauled. Lift chairs, walkers, etc are not so expensive that a patient could not afford to buy them, and a local charity could provide one to a truly indigent. I cost MC about $500 for prosthesis and bras after double mastectomy and they sit on the shelf not used. Why should any bra cost over $100 just because it is covered by MC? But I was a sheep, and went to be fitted, not knowing the exaggerated cost.

  11. DavidGBA

    DavidGBA said, over 1 year ago

    One mans waste is another mans scooter? Then there is the fraud!

  12. mythreesons

    mythreesons GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    AND, to continue, electric “Jazzy” chairs should be owned by the government and rented on a monthly basis, possibly covered by MC, and returned to stock when the recipient passes away. Now the family takes the MC paid chair, and sells it after the user is gone and pockets the money.

  13. Sharuniboy

    Sharuniboy GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    I’m always amused at how those who have never attempted to learn anything about medicine, or the practice thereof in all its ramifications, are the most vocal and vociferous about all the things wrong with it. When asked a simple question, such as: “What gives you the authority to determine what might be a necessary – or unnecessary – test, or other procedure?”, they always have no real answer, just a rapid turn to some form of insulting ad hominum – such as criticizing “Liberals”, for instance.


    Your medical supplier – i.e., Doctor, Pharmacist, Prosthetist, Nurse Practitioner, etc., etc. – not only really does know more about the subject than you do, but also is the one at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to the simple matter of being paid enough to earn a decent living. And, all those great businessmen who think that, when wholesalers charge both late payments and interest every 30 days, it’s perfectly O.K. for the Pharmacist to be paid, at best, 90 to 120 days late by both the Insurance company and whatever agency administers Medicad/Medicare, they merely display their own greedy stupidity.


    I really wonder just how many of the ANTI nuts – sounding off about insurance reform – would really enjoy doing without that “extra test”, if they were ill with something that might be insidiously devastating, or, on the other hand, might be found to be reasonably treatable, with potential for recovery and long life.

  14. zekedog55

    zekedog55 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Sharuniboy

    True…I’ve found that the folks who lament the loudest about “What Dr.s charge!” are more often than not people who couldn’t find their way to a medical school, much less open the door and survive the education offered w/in.

  15. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, over 1 year ago

    In the “The West Wing” episode “The Debate” (which was broadcast live, BTW) candidate Santos claims that Medicare and Medicaid have an overhead of 2% whereas no HMO is below 10%. I don’t know how to verify these numbers, but Aaron Sorkin is very anal when it comes to that stuff, should be an honorary German for all that I know.

    -

    So, if that number of $750B is correct, how much waste is OUTSIDE Medicaid? How much do HMO’s bilk their customers? I guess every American with health insurance knows that, the premiums go up and up and up. You have the most expansive health care system in the world and you don’t get a lot out of it. Granted: if there is a SERIOUS problem you guys come up with interesting solutions. “Cleveland Clinic: We re-grow bones. Yes, you read that right”. Amazing! But the run-of-the-mill stuff is too expansive by far. Reform the WHOLE system, not just Medicaid. And call it “Obamacare 2.0” :-)

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