Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, 5 months ago

    The drawing is all wrong in that the bridge should be a total disaster and drop off into a nasty pit. The Obamanation continues to make illegal changes to the train wreck of Obamanationcare, but nothing could ever hope to fix such an irrational, ill-conceived, moronic idea.

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 5 months ago

    Go on, Lisa. Romney Obamacare works just fine in Massachusetts, and wherever else people implement it like any other form of insurance. It’s you and your unhealthy RepubliCon party blocking the bridge forward, pointing poorer sick folk toward the abyss. Is Murdoch Fox paying you enough to say otherwise?

  3. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 5 months ago

    The ACA, like everything else, is a huge benefit to all the Friends of the Administration. The best bits were highlighted before the ’12 election; the worst bits are being delayed until after the ’14 election.


    Rasmussen currently shows a dead heat in the ’14 mid-term elections.


    The IEM predicts the status quo will remain, with Republicans holding the House and Democrats the Senate.

  4. Enoki

    Enoki said, 5 months ago

    That bridge to nowhere isn’t nearly rickety enough to represent the disaster Obamacare is.

  5. Larry

    Larry said, 5 months ago

    This lane is closed to traffic.
    But what is the road crossing sign just ahead?

  6. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 5 months ago

    @Nantucket19

    The Forbes report was based on a New York Times article that said that a blip in the data indicates possible savings of 20% or more, but "analysts cautioned that it was too soon to tell ".

  7. Tim Culberson

    Tim Culberson said, 5 months ago

    My friend’s experience this week with Obamacare. Mind you, we live 50 miles from Fort Worth

    1) MRI revealed 2 bulging discs
    2) Went to old surgeon today – can’t use him or nearly all other surgeons because of my Obama Health Insurance
    3) Blue Cross had me go to the emergency room- got pain shot and more pain pills
    4) Found a primary care physician in Richardson (Old one would not take Obama Insurance) and visited him for referral
    5) Have appointment Friday with Orthopedic Surgeon in Ft. Worth – closest one I could find that would take insurance

  8. DaSharkie

    DaSharkie GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    @wmconelly

    No it doesn’t. Stop taking the talking points and delve into it. A large portion of people do not qualify for a general health insurance plan. They get covered by “HealthSafetyNet” which covers only emergency department care and treatment. Not primary care, not follow-up care, just the ED. That is how it gets to the widely touted 98% of people having insurance.

    And Boston has THE longest wait to get an appointment for a Primary Care Provider. Between 3 and 6 months.

    Also, how much of a percentage of the state budget has that mandated healthcare eaten up? It has increased dramatically. Of course you won’t get that by reading the Boston Globe or the Huffington Post.

    And the plan in Massachusetts was heavily supplemented by 49 other states, and that money is being cut.

    The ACA has done NOTHING to reduce the cost of healthcare. It has done NOTHING to increase the number of physicians, Nurse Practitioners, or Physician Assistants out there to act as Primary Care Providers. Nor did “Romney Care.”

    And that does not even count the folks who have lost health insurance, been priced out of the market, lost their PCP in the past few years since this boondoggle was passed. Or the billions upon billions that it has added to our debt and deficit that the President said it would not do.

  9. DaSharkie

    DaSharkie GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    @Nantucket19

    Right. Because cutting reimbursement of expenses of chronic disease readmissions for CHF and COPD for example is way to go. These diseases are notoriously difficult to manage with exacerbations recurring very frequently, even with proper medications management.

    And let us talk about “Quality of Care” mentioned in the article. While there are numerous good things about ensuring that we in medicine meet for good care, much of this “quality of care” is based upon patient satisfaction scores which have NOTHING to do with how well the disease or issue was managed.

    CMS had, a few years ago, a measure for cutting reimbursement if a patient did not get antibiotics within 4 hours of arrival in an Emergency Department. Based it upon a single study that was rapidly debunked, but it took 6 years for CMS to alter this benchmark.

    Same with Beta Blockers after a heart attack. A few VERY small studies showed some slight benefit. A large study of 30,000 patients showed that Beta Blockers actually increased Morbidity and Mortality. Took CMS years to roll this back.

    Hospital reimbursements get cut if the patient develops a decubitus ulceration while in the hospital. Problem is, it takes 1-2 weeks for that decubitus ulcer to form, so the hospital gets reimbursement cut for something that was not even their fault.

    Same with hospital acquired pneumonias. Can develop 3-6 months after discharge from a hospital, and is dam near unavoidable.

    Now, that being said, no problem with reduction in payment for Foley catheter related infections, medication errors, etc.

    My point? This is how the CBO came up with these hundreds of billions less. Faulty logic, come upon by a bunch of bureaucrats that know nothing about the practice of medicine.

  10. DaSharkie

    DaSharkie GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    @Tim Culberson

    Sad case. Many physicians and practices are small businesses, and Medicaid, Medicare ,and many of these new insurance plans reimburse so much less than the actual cost of care provided. Nevermind that these new health plans have relatively high deductibles – $5,000-%10,000 per year for a family. The medical practice or hospital has to get that money, and many people are not going to pay (not implying you Tim) so that is money that is lost.

    We have the government telling businesses that they have to operate at a loss on a large portion of their patients that are older, living longer, and with multiple chronic diseases.

    And the Democrats that pushed this monstrosity through act as though this is a complete and total surprise and could not have been foreseen.

  11. cubefarmer

    cubefarmer said, 5 months ago

    @Nantucket19

    a copy & paste of NYT’s usual Obama worshipping bad fiction.

  12. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, 5 months ago

    @wmconelly

    the difference is that in MASS there are only a couple of million people. That is a lot easier to administer than a group of 350 million people, most of whom don’t want the disaster that this is.

  13. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, 5 months ago

    Noteworthy that none of the ACA critics mention that the old (former) healthcare system resulted in 44,000 deaths annually from treatable conditions and around 100,000 medical bankruptcies annually because the victims could not afford treatment (Harvard Medical School). That’s a lot of human suffering and death the defenders are willing to accept to defend a political ideology or a personal agenda. Nor do they mention the U.S. has some of the worst outcomes on many medical treatments and one of the lowest life expectancies of the developed nations. The reality is that the U.S. ranks high in medical education and technology but abysmally low in delivery of an affordable system to the masses. Which, of course, is the reason for some long overdue health care reforms.
    .
    The critics talk vaguely about repeal and replace, but no agreement on replacement nor specific proposals. If they were to go public with a plan, there is not much doubt it would look similar to the ACA. Which begs the question – why destroy what is good and working and why not work constructively to correct what can be improved upon?

  14. DLee4144

    DLee4144 GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    I know some people who have been effected by Obamacare. There’s my aunt. She had a rough time getting a job because she’s diabetic and potential employers didn’t want to deal with the insurance issues involved. Now she has her own insurance and a new job. Then there’s my niece, who can stay on her parent’s plan until she’s 26. Until Obamacare, she didn’t have insurance. Personally, Obamacare is closing the donut hole on my Medicare, which means it will pay for a lot of medication that would have been my problem before Obamacare. And, there’s my brother who was staying on a job he only needed for the insurance because his wife has chronic respiratory problems and if she had gotten really bad it would have wiped out their savings. Now he has Obamacare and he’s retired. Another person who has benefited is the lady who took the job he no longer needed. So, if you have some actual cases of people who offset all of these benefits, put up or shut up.

  15. snarky39

    snarky39 said, 5 months ago

    @Nantucket19

    Did you bother to actually read the Forbes blog? Using a non-partisan source, the author indicates that 25% of savings are attributable to Obamacare, the rest are due to the sluggish economy. Maybe that explains why the Great One has kept a laser-like focus on jobs.

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