Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, over 2 years ago

    When will the mule-headed (no wonder their symbol is the jackass) libs quit clinging to this train wreck of a “health care” idea of their and admit it was an incredibly stupid idea to begin with? The government screws up everything it touches and this is no exception. They are only making things worse with the stubborn unwillingness to back off of this failure-from-conception plan (though the word “plan” is giving it too much credit). The Obamanation is the original bad idea, the original train wreck giving birth to other train wrecks, one after another.

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    Nearly every new gov’t program started like a 48 chevy truck on a 2 degree day… even the ones on which BOTH parties were willing to work. Ever since the editorial cartoons began talking about the ACA even before 2012, I repeatedly stated my sadness that both parties failed to come together to repeal the “Emergency Room Tax” insurance companies and citizens pay to cover patients with no insurance and who had not had the means to afford preventative care that would have kept them out of ERs.
    Having spoken to many Canadians, Brits, Germans, et al, I have little patience for Americans who complain socialized medicine will destroy our nation when I compare it with what has been happening to our health based economy over the decades.
    The ACA is a deeply flawed program. Why aren’t Republicans offering a better one?
    My own answer is that Republicans want a profit based healthcare system that increases the wealth of shareholders and investors to the detriment of the middleclass and poor who cannot afford to invest. If the ACA is repealed, the Republicans will return to their pattern of talking about the need for healthcare reform when running for office, then focusing on tax breaks, deregulation, and Congressional job security until the next set of elections.
    The Dems aren’t much better… but if one is measuring height.. an inch taller is still taller.
    End the ER Tax and end the sky rocketing healthcare costs that is bleeding our economy. The only other alternative is to allow hospitals to turn away people who can’t pay for treatment.
    Something I believe some of our more conservative commentators would find useful as it would filter out some of the ‘dregs" of our society they feel are dragging us down. The collateral damage to the ’acceptable’ members of society would just be part of the cost of getting rid of “jack ass libtard dumbacrats” who are "ruining our nation’.
    Not a very civil way to live, but as long as “MY SIDE” wins, it’s all good, right?
    Wrong.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  3. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    At least it is a solar powered submarine….

  4. grh9447

    grh9447 said, over 2 years ago

    So True!!!!

  5. grh9447

    grh9447 said, over 2 years ago

    Wow a Green submarine!! Nothing like that Lib mindset.

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    I seldom take issue with your comments C, because I’m usually not that distant from your viewpoint. There is one point in your comment, though, that I must be at variance.

    “My own answer is that Republicans want a profit based healthcare system that increases the wealth of shareholders and investors to the detriment of the middleclass and poor who cannot afford to invest.”

    There is little doubt that Republicans would want a profit based system; profit based politics is where they stand. Yet, there were no Republican votes for the PPACA. As an industry, health insurance companies rank #86 to #88 (depending on who says) in profit margin.

    There is the possibility that Republicans didn’t consider the PPACA profitable enough for that part of their business constituency, but I posit that that is not the case here. The PPACA will eventually add millions to insurance company rolls. Although regulations may reduce the margin of profitability of said companies, the increase in gross revenue will actually increase gross profits. This would negate the Republican objections to the PPACA based on insurance company profitability.

    There could be a myriad of reasons why the Republicans objected so strenuously to the PPACA, but I think they were just trying to assert themselves when they were a minority in both houses of Congress. I hope that is not the case, because that would rank as a very poor excuse.

  7. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    @grh9447

    Looks yellow to me…

  8. Brent Dotson

    Brent Dotson said, over 2 years ago

    46 million had not insurance and a fifth of those didn’t want insurance. So to fix a “problem” affecting 30 million people, we changed the rules for 300 million? How does this even make sense. It’s like slapping a tourniquet on a paper cut.

  9. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    You apparently haven’t read much of my past writings, Zipi. My complaints on how the ACA was drafted are numerous. My question to which you and Ansonia and others never give answer is this…
    How do we end the Emergency Room Tax on medical services in the US?
    Zipi, are you willing to allow hospitals the right to turn away patients who can’t afford service?
    Zipi, are you going to require that insurance companies and the rest of us pay the higher prices created by people who get services they can’t afford?
    And while you, Ansonia, and others have said several alternatives were offered, no one has ever provided to a link to those bills or their authors. Even when I’ve watched Fox, I’ve seen no Republican offer any ideas of substance, not Ryan, not Cruz, nor McCain.
    If you can’t cite a bill, then there’s no bill in sight.
    So – no money, no service?
    or what? The current system is untenable and getting worse.
    Curiously,
    C.

  10. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    Ansonia, the gov’t has done many things right. Then politicians came in and messed it up. All of the programs you list had rocky starts and successful histories until Congress began borrowing money from those same services, some of whom were paying for themselves, like Social Security and the Post Office. Amtrak suffered as subsidies went to airlines and suffered further when freight trains were given priority over human travelers. Investors in oil and gas encouraged politicians, also investors, to give subsidies to those fossil fuel companies in order to increase profits in sales to truck and car travelers.
    There is an interrelated web of profiteering and corruption that those in office, in both parties, have used to enrich themselves and their ‘friends’. These tactics have been the subject of literature and movies for over a century but the fact is, Greed IS good, and Crime DOES Pay. You are once again stating the talking points, Ansonia, but like Zipi and Debt Free, you offer no solutions in moving forward. Give me something I can use so I can have hope. The job creators aren’t creating jobs, and those who serve and protect are self serving and protecting too few of our neighbors.
    Polls mean very little when so few of those polled know that of which they are being asked. Comedians prove this nightly. And do you know how few American even know history as written in the letters of those who founded our nation? It is too easy for the ignorant to say yes or know to a question, and too hard for them to admit they do not know.
    You told me that the “poll” I mentioned of over 90% of weather professionals who thought climate change was real and a threat wasn’t valid because of writings you supplied by people who represented less than 10%.- a group you believe over the ones I believe.
    If you know something I don’t, please educate me.
    I am not going to believe you when my eyes see the reality in front of me. Prove to me that the way our healthcare system has been managed is actually better than the ACA, not the ACA website, but the ACA itself. Prove to me that a better plan is out there that would make scrapping the ACA practical.
    Prove it. History has already proven that we need to either create a long term affordable healthcare system, or… we need to give hospitals permission to turn away people who can’t afford care. We can’t afford the ER Tax much longer.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  11. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The ’toon accurately represents the Republican “activity” for the last five years in both House and Senate: all they want is to be U-boat commanders, sinking anything and EVERYTHING the Democrats, or even the minority in their own party who WANT to make the country work, try to do.


    I don’t care for either Harry Reid’s or Nancy Pelosi’s “leadership” on the left, but UNLIKE Boehner, Cantor, and McConnell, they’ve never set out to sink the economy, and the people, taking away all the lifeboats, while heading the ship of state directly at the iceberg.


    (Proof was back when Pelosi came in with the gavel and her first action was to state “Impeachment is off the table”, when articles, for several reasons, should have been brought to the House floor for review regarding "W"s actions getting us into Iraq. She wanted the nation to run, and NOT be divided further at that time.)

  12. trm

    trm said, over 2 years ago

    “Forward!”
    The truth is evident – it actually means “Downward!”

  13. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    @mikefive

    I have no argument with you Mike5. This program was sabotaged by Democrat arrogance from the outset. Also, I can not prove my hypothesis. In the absence of a well developed and articulate Republican plan, and based on the alliances I perceive among Republicans and their donors, I can only see this one answer. Nancy Pelosi’s goal to be the next Speaker is the best argument I can see for not letting Dems retake the HoR. Mr. Boehnor’s caucus will soon remove him and should conservative extremists take over, I believe independents will support conservative dems. I wish Ms. Pelosi would state firmly that she will not seek the speakership. She is divisive and burr under the saddle of conservatives and independents alike.
    I can totally agree with what you wrote as a very good possibility.
    Thank you for always making me think outside of my own box.
    Sincerely,
    C.

  14. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    Adrian, I am left of center so can’t be considered a Republican, and I refuse to become party affiliated as it would make me a hypocrite to myself. I have voted both sides of the ticket until 2004 when conservatism became counter to my 9 most important issues. Geo Washington said political parties should be avoided as they would divide and weaken the nation.
    I thank you for your many kind words over the weeks and months, but if I have ever given you cause to think I was loyal to any party, I must apologize.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  15. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The GOP is a failure. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/21/us/politics/gop-maps-out—waves-of-attacks-over-health-law.html

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