Michael Ramirez by Michael Ramirez

Michael Ramirez

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  1. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, almost 4 years ago

    Right on! The largest tax increase in the history of the world is coming down the track.

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, almost 4 years ago

    I count two snakes. What’s the other? Disease? Early Death? Lack of Insurance? How’s about the BIG picture, Mr. R??

  3. ODon

    ODon said, almost 4 years ago

    Lower costs, improve outcomes. Drop Obama/RomneyCare adopt universal healthcare.

  4. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 4 years ago


    It’s a common mistake, to use the staff of Caduceus instead of the Staff of Asclepius

    Asclepius was a Greek god associated with healing and medicine.
    The caduceus was the magic staff of Hermes (Roman Mercury), the god of commerce, eloquence, invention, travel and theft, and a symbol of heralds and commerce, not medicine. Apparently things got a little hazy a few hundred years ago…maybe that’s when medicine became commercialised ! It’s more likely your insurance provider might have the caduceus whereas the good doctor will have Asclepius’s rod. So, perhaps not used incorrectly in this ’toon.

  5. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, almost 4 years ago


    The only way to adopt a “universal healthcare” is to have absolute control over every aspect of healthcare. Given that is a violation of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause (to regulate interstate commerce, not to control it), I don’t see that happening. That’s assuming that it does actually lowers costs, which I am extremely skeptical.

  6. ODon

    ODon said, almost 4 years ago

    @Wraithkin I believe it feasible to construct a sound system for the people by the people within the laws of the people. We took a step with medicare.

    As far as lowering costs look at where we stand per capita, there’s obviously a lot of unnecessary money being expended and it’s not delivering a superior product.

  7. Jonathan

    Jonathan said, almost 4 years ago

    @omQ_R you may have a point; however your information makes Mr Ramirez’ selection of the staff of Caduceus even more approprate.

  8. jack75287

    jack75287 said, almost 4 years ago

    Well when you have Doctors calling out Obama to his face what do you think?


    This pediatric neurosurgeon is also black so no comments about being racist.

  9. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 4 years ago

    Obamacare was specifically constructed back in the days when it was assumed that Republicans would be willing to work for the best interest of the populacbe.

    To make it more palatable, it was essentially Romneycare. Republicans like Romneycare. Also, it had an individual mandate. Republicans liked the individual mandate, when it was invented at the Heritage Institute, when it met the definition of “individual responsibility”, and when it was the cornerstone of Medicare Part D.

    But, Republicans have no desire to work for anything but more power at this time, so they are intent on making our lives as miserable as possible to blame it on Democrats and win the next election.

    And it appears that Republicans can only recognize a bad idea when a Democrat proposes it.

    Obamacare was a bad idea in the first place; you can’t make a bad idea better by trying to gain support from the people who came up with the bad ideas.

    This doctor says universal health care is the best, the only, and the final alternative. Medicare and Medicaid treat me much, much better than does private insurance, and this extends to the “independent contractors” (insurance companies) who subcontract Medicare and Medicaid.

    Isn’t it past time we offer better ideas instead of just complaining about bad ones? What a silly concept THAT is.

  10. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, almost 4 years ago


    The problem is people always assume it’s the insurance company that is the source of the unnecessary outlays of money. No one has bothered to look at the causality of those increased outlays, other than a cursory, “it’s the evil insurance company making a profit !!” Yes, insurance companies are in it to make a profit. But they also have a responsibility to their shareholders to minimize operating expenses, and a responsibility to their policy holders to keep premiums down.

    I work for an insurance company (not a health one) and we are constantly pinged for process improvements. We do this so we can do two things: Maximize profits and keep insurance premiums down. The second is especially true, because we have to get every premium increase we make cleared through the state’s insurance commissioner’s office. Most people don’t realize that insurance is one of the most highly-regulated industries out there.

    So are there ways we can trim expenses? Yes. But I don’t think going single-payer is going to fix that. Not only that, but if you don’t have a means of making college more affordable, doctors will not work for the wages we see in other countries, because these doctors come into the work force with hundreds of thousands of college debt piled up.

    So if you can’t reduce pay to doctors, insurance companies are forced to charge xyz by the state, and hospitals get pushback from insurance companies on their rates (and the above providers get raked over the coals by the government health-care programs), where do you suggest we trim? What is the source? Because if you force a single-payer system on this country, millions of people will be out of work, and the country’s budget will explode at an exponential rate.

    I’m sorry, but do NOT approve of paying 50% tax to support some slacker’s health insurance because they don’t want to work.

  11. jack75287

    jack75287 said, almost 4 years ago


    I think you get the post of the day!

  12. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, almost 4 years ago

    - The U.S. is the only country in the civilized world that treats health care as a for-profit business opportunity.
    - Other countries offer universal health care to all it’s citizens.
    - Other countries have better health care outcomes on most measurements.
    - Affordable health care delivery to the masses in the U.S. is mediocre by global standards. (The U.S. is high in medical innovation.)
    - Other countries keep costs down to a manageable level in one of two ways:
    1. Single payer national health care
    2. Not for profit insurance and close control of costs.
    Are you results oriented, or do you want to defend a political ideology?

  13. jack75287

    jack75287 said, almost 4 years ago


    Ok but where does the President of Canada go for his health care & the late King of Jordon came here for years.

    Lets face it with the press we have no 90% of what we here has a leftist slant. So how sure are you?

  14. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 4 years ago


    “Yes, insurance companies are in it to make a profit. But they also have a responsibility to their shareholders to minimize operating expenses, and a responsibility to their policy holders to keep premiums down.”

    I wish I could believe you. I truly do. Maybe health insurance is different from other types. But, as a doctor for more than 30 years, I can tell you categorically that insurance is becoming a greater nightmare every year. While insurance employees from CEO on down get raises regularly, paid vacations, and other bennies, and stockholders get a generous reward on investment, the doctors and hospitals take it on the chin.

    Forget inflation. In terms of just dollars, I make less per eye exam than I did 30 years ago. Why? Because costs go up for insurance companies. In order to keep rates down (and internal benefits up), someone has to take less. I submit this is akin to insulting the chef before ordering your meal. Maybe this is why doctor visits are more like drive-bys these days. Let’s face it: we have costs as well, and if we get paid half of what we think we should (and of what we used to get) we will try to see twice as many people in the same period of time. This is not a good system, and never was.

    And as to your last statement, I’m not sure the tax will be 50% of something for Obamacare. Also, you are supporting slackers’ health care right now, as an insurance holder and as a taxpayer. When the slackers get care and don’t pay, someone pays. For instance, contrary to Mitt Romney’s clueless statement, emergency room care is not “free”. The PATIENT may not pay, but SOMEONE will.

    So, I would submit that everyone should pay, and since the individual mandate is suddenly so disagreeable, the best answer is, once again, single payer.

  15. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    A pill that costs a pharmaceutical company 3 cents, counting development, production, and shipping, not maybe counting TV advertising, costs the patient $5. That goes for many patented prescription meds. VA negotiates, and pays very little for the meds (though use, usually “generic” equivalents). They also got me my latest set of hearing aids (always bought my own before), and paid only a fraction what my audiologist has to pay as his cost for the same devices. Yes, “government” CAN get things cheaper, but the REPUBLICANS prohibited Medicare from negotiating drug prices, and the taxpayer gets nailed again for those “high costs of Medicare”.

    A single payer, and regulated program, could save many billions a year in health care. A sounder, regulated “insurance” industry, with more sensible controls on “malpractice” suits, like having reviews by medical experts of cases, and removing the “profit margin” for lawyers (they typically take 70% plus of all settlements) would cheapen things a lot.

    yes, we can learn from several other countries on how to run a PRIVATE practice medical industry, with government handling the “single payer” option.

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