Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. old1953

    old1953 said, about 1 year ago

    I suppose we could just go to an insurance company – oh, wait, they are. That’s the law.

  2. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    We’ve got to do something about those danged Socialist For-Profit Health Insurance companies. How DARE they use 80% of their income to support their policy-holders instead of using it to feather the nests of Legislators?

  3. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    A single payer system would have been better but since the dems were for it the repubs just had to be against it.

  4. Machado

    Machado GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Didn’t follow up, but heard a radio report a couple of days back that some study predicts insurance rates will soon double?

  5. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 year ago

    When I was employed, my group employee insurance always covered everything except for a tiny deductible and a co-payment that could never exceed $1,000 per year.


    When I lost my job (before COBRA) I went to get insurance. The individual policy covered absolutely nothing. The premiums all went to the salesman and the insurance company. So I didn’t buy it.


    The Obamacare law forces individual insurance policies to cover more than they did before (if they cover anything, of course, that’s more), and forces almost everyone who doesn’t have group employee insurance to buy an individual policy. For the first three years, people who bought individual policies got a lot more than before Obamacare, and no one was forced to buy it. Parents covered by group employee insurance could pay full cost and insure their adult children who didn’t have insurance, which was very popular.


    Now that the re-election is over, it will be interesting to see what happens. The insurance companies paid LOTS of baksheesh for Obamacare, and they’re expecting a healthy—and well deserved—return on that investment.

  6. carandken

    carandken said, about 1 year ago

    In 2025, Obamacare will consist of an air mattress and a botlle of generic Tylenol-after 3 reviews. But the good news is the illegal alien next to you in the health warehouse will get the same treatment. Isn’t that special?

  7. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    Time Magazine March 4 issue had a comprehensive story on why health care costs so much.
    ^
    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2136864,00.html
    ^
    We are already being ‘taxed’ by hospitals who have to charge people and insurance companies exorbitant prices in order to make up for the losses of all of those who come in without medical insurance or insufficient medical insurance. As a people, we are living longer, exercising less, & indulging in self destructive diets and behaviors. Education is the best and first line of defense, but in the short term, health care will remain the biggest drain on our nation’s budget.
    ^
    There is really only two choices… an all inclusive healthcare system such as the Obama/Romney model (perhaps a European/Canadian model) OR, we have to allow hospital emergency rooms to turn away patients who have no means to pay. The system we have used to date doesn’t work. It seems UnAmerican, unChristian, and inhumane to turn away people in need because they can’t pay – so it is necessary for the partisan legislators to find a middle ground while using auditors/accountants/efficiency experts to cut through waste, fraud, duplications, and abuse. Write your suggestions to your legislators and their leadership.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  8. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Hope your colon is clean, Ima. It was nice to know mine was when it was done last year.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  9. ARodney

    ARodney said, about 1 year ago

    Yes, machado, you didn’t follow up. Premiums MIGHT double for some people. That was the headline. In the article you learn that for others, they’ll be much, much lower. More to the point, unlike now, everyone can buy insurance, so there will be a lot less death and bankruptcy. How your premiums change depends on how much you pay now, and how much more insurance you’ll be getting.

    As for the topic of the cartoon, the forms are expected to take about 45 minutes to fill out. Lisa, as usual, distorts the facts to make a weak conservative whine. (Try getting insurance on your own now — plenty of applications and medical tests, and once the first company turns you down, you a re literally uninsurable. I’ll take the 45 minutes, please.)

  10. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @NebulousRikulau

    " How DARE they use 80% of their income to support their policy-holders instead of using it to feather the nests of Legislators?"
    I think you may have just hit on the reason why the republicans hate their idea so much now. And it was their idea, it was proposed by the extremely right-wing Heritage Foundation back during Clinton’s Administration and enacted by romney while governor of Massachusetts.

  11. ODon

    ODon said, about 1 year ago

    @Respectful Troll

    You mention the recent article in Time by Steve Brill. I encourage all posters to read this eye opening report.

  12. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Ima,
    I think I see your point with the "free colonoscopy " for those who can’t afford it while looking at your bill. But do you see how universal healthcare for all, not just those who can afford it would end this inequity? Do you see that you whine and cry about “paying for those lazy bums who won’t work” but when someone working two jobs but doesn’t have healthcare insurance can’t afford a $5000.00 colonoscopy and needs it, you are actually paying for it anyway? Many dispersions regarding your intelligence and ability to understand have been cast your way, but I think if you dug your head out of the partisan blogosphere, stopped listening to approved right-wrong radio and watching faux “news” and actually thought about it, you could see how for good or ill this all is interconnected and interdependent. When we get past this me first to hell with you mentality and start thinking beyond self for the collective good we see that as the whole improves so does the individual.
    .
    And before someone else slams you for the math I will (kindly I hope) point it out. I’m sure the figures you provided are correct, but it does not follow, as is normal with insurance bureaucracies. If your initial bill was $5000 and insurance reduced that to $2500 and you were responsible for a $500 deductible and then 10%, the 10% would be on the next insurable balance of $2000.00, or the initial $2500-$500=$2000. Then 10% of $2000 is $200, $2000*.20 (decimal equivalent of 20%) – $200. Then you add your deductible plus your co-pay and you get $700, not $600, $500 deductible + $200 10% co-pay = $700. Like I said, I’m sure your figures are actually what you paid but they do not follow the conditions you set forth. With insurance anything is possible, but don’t be surprised if you get a reconciliation bill for another $100.00.

  13. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    The Lockhorns today was very apropos to the current healthcare system and poked good fun at one of the major provisions in the PPACA. The receptionist tells Leroy, “Your wellness checkup isn’t covered because wellness is a pre-existing condition.”

  14. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 1 year ago

    @Machado

    “Didn’t follow up, but heard a radio report a couple of days back that some study predicts insurance rates will soon double?”

    And they never went up before? I remember my rates going up every 6 months by at least 10 percent in the Good Old Days. And my deductible went up. And my coverage went down. And all I have ever needed was yearly exams. Imagine if I got sick….

    We have to get over our selective memories, people.

  15. Adrian Snare

    Adrian Snare said, about 1 year ago

    @Machado

    Somehow, I believe that the days of insurance and profiteering from human misery are numbered. The conservatives will try to stretch this out as long as possible…
    Our government will take over the insurance companies ?
    unthinkable ?
    Back in the 40s to the 80s, it was inconceivable that communism would fall on its face.

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