Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 3 years ago

    Hold up Yo!
    I’s thought we’s waz gon see prices cheapa?

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 3 years ago

    O care will be waaaay cheaper than sending 30% of the population through emergency wards. Negotiate the drug prices down with volume; it’ll be cheaper yet.

  3. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Well, of COURSE it takes more out of the economy.
    The AVERAGE American doesn’t NEED any health care RIGHT NOW. So why should he WASTE money on Insurance that could be so much more economically used to fund Investment Banker Bonuses?
    But no. The Heritage Foundation, Mitt Romney, and Barack Obama (But not the GOP) want you to take some personal responsibility and BUY Health Insurance from a Private Company like a Good Little Socialist, instead of getting free taxpayer funded medical care at the Emergency Room like a Money Gouging Capitalist.

  4. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, over 3 years ago

    I still think it’s humorous that Republicans are complaing (again) about a Democrat who proposed an idea they’ve had for decades.

  5. Bandusia15

    Bandusia15 said, over 3 years ago

    No, Lisa Benson sucks. Her pettiness and ignorance is apparent in all her cartoons.

  6. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 3 years ago

    In the middle — the MIDDLE — of The Great Depression Congress set about gold standarding the economy back into ‘balance.’ The Great Depression then lasted until the WWII.

    If I need to work to live, and I need to commute to work, I do NOT sell my VW to put — momentarily — my gas bill into balance. I borrow, live frugally, string out gas payments, and plan to move up the income chain during better times. Better times are coming, Lisa, believe it or not.

  7. mnsmkd

    mnsmkd said, over 3 years ago

    Good one

  8. Ransom D Stone

    Ransom D Stone said, over 3 years ago

    @Bandusia15

    Amen!

  9. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    Health care counts should count as inelastic demand; that is, some things (such as a new yacht) you can choose to buy or not, that’s elastic demand, but some things (such as basic food or basic health care) you pretty much have to buy, or else you’re in trouble. Basic economics would say that not all goods belong in the same demand/supply equation.

  10. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 3 years ago

    Why are American health care costs so high compared to other countries? It’s not because of the AHC. It’s not because of the high cost of malpractice insurance or defensive medicine. Economists have determined the total malpractice suits and defensive medicine bill adds about 1% to costs.
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    It is because:
    1. For-profit health care insurance. All other countries have either eliminated the for-profit insurance companies in favor of government sponsored single-payer plans, or have decided that health care insurance must be non-profit plans.
    2. Highly paid health care workers, particularly doctors and administrators. These healthcare workers earn consideraably more than their counterparts in other countries.
    3. Complexity and resulting administrative inefficiency. All other countries have settled on one health care system for everyone and there’s one set of rules governing treatment and payment. The U.S. in contrast is a dog’s breakfast of different payment systems – Medicare for over 65, Medicaid for the poor, one for the military, different one for veterans, one for Members of Congress, one for Native Americans, and on and on. There are hundreds of different private insurance plans, each with its own set of rules. Americans like to think private enterprise and competition brings efficiencies and drives down costs. It doesn’t seem to work that way with health care. Some developed countries have administrative costs of 3%-5% of total health care costs. Most are around the 10% mark (Canada for example). The U.S. is about double that at 17%. The system is so complex that one operation in the same hospital on the same day can have ten different prices, depending on who is paying. A growing business is “compilers” – middlemen who compile the bills that doctors submit and then shuttle them through the payment system.

  11. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 3 years ago

    Yes, My BC/BS went up 80 or 90 cents a month starting this month. That is the least I can remember in the recent past. I guess back in the 60’s I did get refunds.

  12. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    Here’s an interesting passage from Hayek’s “The Road to Serfdom”, which many regard as the founding document of modern neo-liberalism/conservatism:

    “To prohibit the use of certain poisonous substances or to require special precautions in their use, to limit working hours or to require certain sanitary arrangements, is fully compatible with the preservation of competition. The only question is whether in the particular instance the advantages gained are greater than the social costs which they impose. Nor is the preservation of competition incompatible with an extensive system of social services — so long as the organization of these services is not designed in such a way as to make competition ineffective over wide fields.” pp. 86-87.

    Hayek, F. A. 2007. The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents: The Definitive Edition. Edited by Bruce Caldwell. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

  13. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    Say what you will, no one knows what the effect of the law will be until the law is fully implemented. But here are the current headlines:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2013/feb/5/obama-health-law-will-cost-7-million/

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/281213-cbo-says-obama-health-law-will-cost-13t#ixzz2K4BpA6Wc

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/obamacare-red-tape-burden-127602371-hours-yearly/article/2520712

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/irs-cheapest-obamacare-plan-will-be-20000-family

    So the ultimate goal is to do away with private insurance and end up with a single payer system? Why go through ten years of pain and suffering?

    Increase the payroll tax to 20% (10/10) and write that law so that congress can not touch one dime of the collected revenue for any project other than healthcare. And no you can not borrow it, or replace it with bonds.

    Issue everyone a card.

    Set all costs (or get a healthcare professional pay scale like the military pay scale)

    Induct healthcare workers into the system.

    Take over all the hospitals.

    Take over the Pharmaceutical companies (shoot the CEO’s)

    Take over every single thing that has to do with health care and let the government run it.

    We’ll have such a great system. I mean just LOOK at how well the postal system works.

  14. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    Bruce, you’re imagining things again. It’s great to have a fantasy life, but it’s important to know the difference between fantasy and reality.

  15. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 3 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    You have a couple good suggestions there. The smart card for keeping track of treatments and billings is a winner. The smart card was pioneered by the French and borrowed by a number of European countries. Shooting the pharmaceutical CEOs should definitely be considered, and could be dovetailed with the drone program.
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    But why, when people in other countries work together to develop a decent healthcare system, the Americans get bogged down in ideological mud wrestling?

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