Michael Ramirez by Michael Ramirez

Michael Ramirez

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  1. ODon

    ODon said, over 3 years ago

    Don’t let the fact that “Obamacare” has nothing to do with this stand in the way of a opportunity to knock it, however inappropriately.

  2. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago

    The RWNJs find a way to blame Obama for something that he has nothing to do with. Proceed to the scrap heap of history.

  3. wrwomack

    wrwomack said, over 3 years ago

    Let’s not also forget that there are never enough lungs available for transplant. So in addition to the person who died to supply this lung, there is likely someone else’s father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandfather or grandmother, or someone else loved by many people who will now not survive because this lung went to a ten year old girl. It’s a win-lose situation with no easy answers.

  4. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago


    rocky, the CEO of any operation is ultimately responsible for each and every action taken by his/her subordinates.

    The CEO writes policy.

    When an employee violates that policy, they should be punished, not rewarded. Unless, of course, the violation occurred at the behest of the CEO with a promise of protection.

    Example 1: Benghazi and Susan Rice.
    Example 2: Lois Lehner and the IRS
    Example 3: Holder and gun running

    But I forget. YOU think all those things are OK

  5. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago

    Your write of course and I am grateful the girl now has a change. Still I can’t stop thinking of the other person who would have received the lungs if the rule were followed.

  6. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, over 3 years ago

    HHS Secretary Sebelius stood in the way by citing Obamacare rules so she was a One-Person Death Panel.

    If It wasn’t the Sec’y it would be a “faceless bureaucrat” in the future. Obamacare does have the Death Panel written into the law. Big Brother and Big Sister will decide who gets life-saving medical treatments and who will be left to take an aspirin and die.

  7. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 3 years ago

    A decision that God intended to be in the hands of the accountants of a for-profit insurance company.
    Am I doing this right?

  8. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 3 years ago

    “you limit the money supply and then you will have a bureaucrats deciding things and not the doctors”

    I have news for you: Doctors haven’t been able to make unencumbered decisions since the early 1980s. What many people do not understand is that insurance companies have their own “death panels”. Whenever someone is holding the money, that person can decide if it will be spent, what it will be spent for, and how much will be allowed for that purpose.

    Since I have a break in my schedule this aftenoon, I will use it spending between 45 and 60 minutes on the phone telling an insurance company drug plan why this patient needs the Rx I provided, and why their denial will harm the patient. This happens regularly; many times I am told to try other drugs first, and almost always those other drugs are not even in the same chemical category, and therefore will not work. But the insurance company believes somehow that it’s cheaper to pay for meds we know will fail, and then when it’s PROVEN to fail, they will allow what I wanted to use in the first place.

    This has nothing to do with Obamacare, but it will not stop with it, either, since Obamacare relies even more heavily on the insurance companies than we do now.

  9. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 3 years ago


    “Big Brother and Big Sister will decide who gets life-saving medical treatments and who will be left to take an aspirin and die.”

    See my previous comment. The people change, but the concept remains the same. Anyone believing this will be any different than what we’ve done in the past is seriously misinformed. Fox News has won Politico’s coveted “Lie of the Year” award three years running for making stuff up about Obamacare. It’s easy to be misled; there are so many people out there trying to do so.

  10. PlainBill

    PlainBill said, over 3 years ago

    Glad to see Mikey is still at it with the mindless bashing.

    Mikey, in the real world we do not do things ‘just because it will make us feel good’. First, the transplant has a greater chance of failing because of her age. If the transplant fails, not only will she die, but the adult denied the lung may also die.

    Second, the doctors on the panel have feelings, but they also know that transplanting an adult lung into a child had a greater chance of failure. And in this case, facts outweigh feelings.

  11. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, over 3 years ago

    Take what Sebelius didn’t say and add the words Obamacare and you get another right wing lie.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Doctors should set the rules, well they actually did, and make final decision. Age shouldn’t matter as much as size. Try putting the wheel from a semi tractor on a VW!

  13. indieme

    indieme GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    The 10 year old girls insurance doesn’t cover lung transplants. Her bad lung was pre-existing condition, not covered. What’s the difference? In the second example we get to funnel millions to some top exec.

  14. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 3 years ago

    “So your point is what? I support HSA accounts.”

    I do, too, as far as it goes. The problem with them is that people, as you know, often do not plan properly for the future. An HSA is no good if it does not exist or if it is underfunded. And then we’re back to people showing up at e-rooms without money.

    Single payer is the only viable answer. There is no need to set up any more bureaucracy, just open Medicare up for all. Of course, it’s not perfect, but I can tell you that once you jump through all the hoops required so you can be accepted as a provider, Medicare pays what it says it will when it says it will. They also have never denied a claim of mine. This is not to say they are willing to pay any claim any time…..those days are long gone. It DOES mean that if the diagnosis is correct and the treatment plan is reasonable, I am not told that they know better than I do how to treat. The exception is Medicare subcontractors, which are…….private insurance companies.

    I recommend you go to HHS website and subscribe to their e-mail newsletter. I think you will be impressed with their diligence when you read how many frauds they prosecute and how much money is recovered.

    I have not said that I love Obamacare. It is not the answer, but is a bandage to stop the crash of the previous system. It will only hold the system together for a short time before the dam starts to break yet again. So we only have a short time to do better.

    I don’t have a problem with “repeal and replace”. I do have a problem with those who state that, yet do not have—and plan to never have—a replacement. My feeling is that if you are unwilling to make things better, at least don’t make them worse.

    Sorry to be so late in replying; a strong thunderstorm hit our area and internet went down. We’re lucky, though: many people have lost power, but we have not.

  15. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, over 3 years ago

    the unarguable fact is the 10-year-old girl would have died in a few weeks if Sebelius’ blocking of the possibility of a lung implant had been the end of the matter. But a federal judge ruled Sebelius’ decision moot and she was put on the list, and the operation was a success.
    the Obamacare system follows medical care overseas. In Europe, the system has allowed panels and doctors to end the life of patients, and today Belgium is seeking to terminate the lives of handicapped infants.
    Life is no longer sacred in Europe and soon will be no longer sacred in the USA, thanks to the Democrats and Obama.
    Already proved by Pro-abortionists like the one just convicted of murdering live born infants in failed abortions. He had trophy baby feet in jars in his filthy clinic! No respect for Life.

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