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  1. cdward

    cdward said, over 1 year ago

    Sure, if you’re talking about white noise.

  2. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 1 year ago

    Any doctor who does not acknowledge the failure of the pre-ACA health care system is either willfully ignorant or downright stupid. Dr. Paul is not to be trusted on this issue.

    As I have stated before, I do not believe the correct answer is Obamacare. However, a change MUST occur; we cannot continue to flounder in a broken system. One would think a doctor would be better capable of evaluating and remediating than what Dr. Paul chooses to show.

  3. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 1 year ago

    ^^^Congratulations on being poor.
    Meanwhile, everybody I know who works for a living, is seeing huge increases to their health insurance premiums OR their company is dropping health benifits altogether and forcing them to get a crappy government approved plan.
    Good job Barry!

  4. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 1 year ago

    Absolutely true. Scary, but true. But this is the natural result of a system that rewards quantity and speed over treating the patient. It is expedient to just write a script and not break stride on the way to the next exam room. Again, the system is broken, and this is just one example of the way it is.

    Also, Big Pharma keeps score. I can treat many maladies without resorting to Rx, and I do. As a result, I get almost no free samples, and none of the benefits/perks. I don’t care about golf outings; I don’t miss them. Others…..well, we all have our priorities

  5. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @ConserveGov

    I guess the cost of healthcare didn’t increase one bit from 1970 through 2013.



  6. Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future."

    Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future." GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Let me start off with that I believe that America has had and still does have extremely poor health care policies. Because I briefly considered a job in Germany, I looked into their health care system and think it is quite superior to anything we have or ever had. My wife and I are in favor of such a system for the US, and have been for decades.


    So we are not Obamabots (my wife detests Obama), nor are we those who oppose any plan to cover the public.

    Because California’s then governator (Arnie) was smart enough to fast track setting up for ACA, Covered California has worked much better than what those in the mostly red states have experienced. I had one glitch, but was able to register on CC very quickly.

    I was forced (but not by Obama) to change my existing health plan to another starting February. That was why I had to sign up for ACA. Again, it took little time to sign up for the insurance plan.


    However:

    My new plan costs $500 /month more than the previous plan, and my primary care physician, my cardiologist and another specialist I was seeing are all out of network. And my deductibles are more than twice what they were under my previous plan (which was a very good one).


    I chose a more expensive plan because I wanted to be able to go the my local hospital instead of another one that has a less than wonderful reputation. I can get my meds “cheaper” on this plan. Quotes, of course, because my monthly costs, including meds, are still higher than the previous plan.


    Luckily for me, I only have to have ACA for 3 months, and then I will be on Medicare. (BTW, both my wife, and the health insurance agent we have dealt with in getting signed up for Medicare agree that there was at least one very good provision in the ACA that helps with Medicare costs. So there are is wheat amongst the chaff.)


    My wife is an RN at a small surgery center. She handled medical billing for a little while (becoming a certified medical biller), but also deals with patients directly in getting information on what their insurance covers or doesn’t cover. She knew that there were going to be big problems well before ACA started. And she was right.


    Almost daily, my wife talks to patients who have switched to ACA, some of them thinking it was going to be such a great deal, are then discovering that their doctors are out of network. Yes, you can keep your doctors, if you are willing to pay the full price that was previously mostly covered by your previous insurance.


    So, while some of those Republican commercials may be bogus and discredited, there really are people out there who are adversely affected by ACA.


    And it will get worse once the employers have to get on board. My wife said even before I signed up, that the fecal matter will really hit the fan when that happens.
    (And for what it is worth, the now banned (rightly, I believe) Doctor Warbucks posted that his wife, also a medical person, said the same thing.)


    The truth is that the ACA is a plan that was created by political hacks, not by people who actually live in the real world. Those same hacks hear a lot from the insurance lobbyists.And at this point, the ACA really benefits insurance companies, who are making out like bandits because they charge a lot and pay for almost nothing.


    My wife has said repeatedly that those relatively small numbers of people who were intended to be helped could have been helped by a plan aimed at them, leaving the rest of the system intact. Instead, a vast rupture in the system was made. That never happens without adverse consequences. For that, you can blame both parties. The republicans for not wanting anything, (which is just stupid) and the democrats for rushing a hack job through (also stupid).

  7. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 1 year ago

    “My new plan costs $500 /month more than the previous plan, and my primary care physician, my cardiologist and another specialist I was seeing are all out of network. And my deductibles are more than twice what they were under my previous plan (which was a very good one)”. -———————————————————————
    So other than those pesky little details (lol), everything is great with Obamacare, right!

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