Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. pearl298

    pearl298 said, almost 5 years ago

    What is this “Obama Care” stuff anyway – could you mean the AFFORDABLE care act? Which has REDUCED the actual cost of health care.

    Too bad the poor insurance companies are loosing so much revenue – sob sob.

  2. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    Oh, you can apply for tax reductions too! If your annual income exceeds 10 million! The more you earn, the higher your reduction! Big G is calling it the “Affordable Tax Act”. Cool, huh?

  3. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, almost 5 years ago

    The affordable care act helps provide coverage to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to get it including children and those with prior conditions. It does not prevent insurance premiums from rising since the private market still controls what they charge individuals and businesses.

  4. ODon

    ODon said, almost 5 years ago

    You want to pay less for health insurance? You want business’s not to be crippled by the cost of employee insurance? You want better over care? Simple, universal healthcare. We all start paying into the system from the day we have income. Call it a premium or call it a tax the net result is that we are all better off.
    Anyone who wants to nay say this approach demonstrates he has not had to deal with the realities of using our current system, with or without insurance.

  5. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 5 years ago

    A quick report from another system — the Canadian single payer system works pretty well. Not quite a month ago (on a Friday), I slipped on ice, at 9:30 in the morning. I saw my family doctor at noon, and I got an X-ray at 12:30. Broken arm. She then sent me to the hospital. I had lunch first, got to the hospital about 1:45. I saw the emergency room doctor about 4:30, and I was out before 5:00. A long day, but no problem. I had an appointment at the fracture clinic the next Monday, and I had a follow-up this Monday. Everything is going well. And through all of this I never had to deal with an insurance company or pay any money out of pocket, since the system is paid for out of taxes. It’s not perfect, but it’s a lot better than the US system, in my experience.

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 5 years ago


    Please look into emergency care and possible terminal illnesses.

  7. CasualBrowser

    CasualBrowser said, almost 5 years ago


    My Canadian family have looked into both, and both experiences bolstered their love for the system. Last summer when one cousin came to visit, her 2 yr. old still had stitches in from having a non-functioning kidney removed. She told about how the system worked with them from prenatal (for all 3 kids) to birth, to diagnosis of the problem with a long term plan (complete with alternatives and contingencies for the unseen), to a removal that happened when things took a turn for the worse suddenly. The child is now happy and healthy, and the family a fan of Canada’s health care system.


    In ‘87, the same cuz’s aunt had terminal cancer. Don’t remember where it started, but it spread everywhere. I was visiting and my uncle told me how the system worked. He described a structure that was simple, efficient, and fair. All the Canadians I’ve spoken to about this subject have expressed an appreciation for their system, never a dicouraging word.

  8. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 5 years ago


    I’m glad to hear that your cousin’s daughter is doing well.

    We’ve had a lot of experience with emergency care — wait times can be a bore, but anything really serious gets treated right away. My arm was nothing serious, and I was seen in about two and a half hours. It can take longer, but they’ve been improving wait times.

    I’m sorry to say that a number of people I know have either died recently or have been diagnosed with terminal or potentially terminal illnesses. They have a lot to complain about, but not about their care. I have two friends with bladder cancer, which is very expensive, because it can be treated, but only with a lot of procedures. Again, there is simply no concern about the money. Another friend has leukemia, and he has just been through stem-cell replacement treatment. It’s not a perfect system, but mostly it works pretty well.

  9. Justice22

    Justice22 said, almost 5 years ago

    Just think, we in the U.S. get all of our healthcare for only 30+% of what we pay into insurance, etc. The remainder goes into profits, advertising and kickbacks.

  10. Alteri

    Alteri GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    Too bad for benson, it’s her candidate on the IV

  11. tcity

    tcity said, almost 5 years ago

    Because the insurance companies want to milk you for all they can before the laws go into effect… ain’t they wonderful?

  12. Jim Pallas

    Jim Pallas said, almost 5 years ago

    Finally, Ms. Benson, a funny one. I knew you could do it if I was patient!

  13. josefw

    josefw said, almost 5 years ago

    Some laws have gone into effect. 1) Insurance company’s must pay claims to 80% of income, that leaves 20% for all operating expenses. 2) Children get insured to age 26, some company’s were already doing that. 3) All children will get insurance regardless of condition. The company’s can set their own pricing so that really has no effect on private company’s but will effect medicaid.

    Yes their profits surged in 2011. They are running scared with Obama in office and his socialistic attitude toward health care reform. Imagine running a company with modest profits and the government steps in and orders you to provide this and that to anyone who needs it. Do you think you would restructure and make changes to prepare for the financial drought?

    Company’s are in business to make a profit. They pay salaries to employees (taxpayers) and provide a service. It’s a very simple process. Who is suffering through the regulatory process? The employees of course, as commissions have been cut as well as reduced labor force. So when you complaine about health insurance company’s, consider the source, the democratic Health Care Reform Act!

  14. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    Insurance companies started jacking up rates BEFORE the bill passed, in “fear” of losing their ability to raise rates. Guess what they didn’t lose, and rates continue to rise because their
    “good friends” in Congress, on the RIGHT side of the aisle, again put in the “goodies” for them.

    Friends in New Zealand (including daughter who’s an RN) complain about “taxes”, but find the health care system works very, very well. Same for friends in Canada.

    I pay taxes, and insurance premiums, primarily so my wife is still covered. Interesting that when I need to see a doctor, it took six days wait for VA doc to come to town. (We only have a once weekly VA “clinic” here) To see my “regular system” doctor, took SIX WEEKS before I could get in to see him. The VA recommended I keep that appointment with the “regular” doc, just to follow up and see how things were progressing.

    “Single payer” option makes sense, like VA, without “socializing” as in making docs the employees of the state. We CAN have a much cheaper and better system, and the REAL KEY, is cutting out the excess profits the INSURANCE COMPANIES use to build those giant, high-rise, high rent office buildings to further their profits.

  15. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, almost 5 years ago

    YAY FOR VA!!!!!

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