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Mike Luckovich

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  1. Dale Netherton

    Dale Netherton said, almost 3 years ago

    He said , If you like your policy you can keep it." Nothing was said about if we think it is substandard you will be cancelled. Is lying a disease of the Democrats?

  2. Dale Netherton

    Dale Netherton said, almost 3 years ago

    Can’t happen with government intervention.

  3. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    To the points made by CDK and NFL…if the gov’t were distinguishing between the “substandard” plans we actually chose and like and those we chose only because we couldn’t afford better it would be one thing. But this “I will tell you what you need” administration is absolutely creepy in its self-focused power grabs into other people’s lives.

  4. wbr

    wbr said, almost 3 years ago

    but filmless bho knows better than your wife what she wants

  5. echoraven

    echoraven said, almost 3 years ago

    Let me see if I get this cartoon. If I have mediocre insurance I CAN afford and takes care of my basic health care needs, I’m getting screwed. If that insurance gets cancelled and by law I have to get “superior” insurance I cannot afford; I’m NOT getting screwed?

  6. Enoki

    Enoki said, almost 3 years ago

    Hey Luckovich! Define “substandard.” Obama sure as hell can’t! The way I see it, the policies offered under the ACA are “Substandard” if they don’t meet my standards and needs for health insurance.
    I for one think the “best” and a “quality” health insurance policy is one that meets my needs for a good price and that I, ME, can best determine what those needs are, not the government!

  7. wbr

    wbr said, almost 3 years ago

    yep bho blames everyone else but


  8. Kip W

    Kip W said, almost 3 years ago

    Imagine demanding insurers issue policies that actually insure anybody.

    There were times we had a policy we’d have liked to keep, but the insurance company figured out that it might, just possibly, pay off one day, so they changed it on us — to something that cost more and did less for us. Hooray for free enterprise!

  9. pirate227

    pirate227 said, almost 3 years ago

    You’re welcome.

  10. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, almost 3 years ago

    “Get rid of the trash, reign in the excesses in profit and see healthcare return to normal.”

    Well, the ACA is pretty much normal for the US. Nothing has changed at all, except that apparently Romney and Ryan have been setting the qualifications for treatment. That is, it might be harder than ever for women to get appropriate, timely treatment, whatever their condition.

    It must be that I don’t understand this health care and medical stuff very well. I actually imagined that the qualification for receiving medical care was a need for same.

    Turns out I was wrong. Seems women never actually need medical care, and their treatment must be continuously and rigourously scrutinized for violations of need. Silly to waste treatment frivolously on those who don’t need it, eh?

    And Morty – I thought you had a pretty clear picture of what is going on here, but I see you haven’t grasped the core US principle that there is no such thing as ‘excess’ profit. In the US, you are not only entitled to take as gross a profit as you can possibly screw out of your business, no one will quibble if you wreak mass destruction on the environment or the people in it. The only consideration is how much you can pull out of it for your own use.

    Once you grasp that, the rest really does become crystal clear.

  11. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, almost 3 years ago


    " But this “I will tell you what you need” administration is absolutely creepy in its self-focused power grabs into other people’s lives."

    You got that right. It is. But nobody is really complaining about that, which is a valid concern. There appear to be no other substantial concerns, only a perception that “Obama Lied”.

    When are people going to take offense at being fed propaganda? How long does it have to persist before they notice?

  12. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, almost 3 years ago


    “I for one think the “best” and a “quality” health insurance policy is one that meets my needs for a good price and that I, ME, can best determine what those needs are, not the government!”

    Oddly, it seems to me that Obama was talking in just those terms, when he campaigned and when he took office. Once he was inaugurated, the GOP flatly stated their only goal was to see that he fails.

    When you consider that the GOP set themselves just one goal, and have applied themselves rigourously in the effort to see that goal met and have not accomplished even that, why on earth would anyone continue to follow them?

    One goal – just one.

    The only part of it which has succeeded at all is their effort to sabotage Obama’s primary campaign promise. The one thing which seems clear to the politicians is that the country wants accessible, affordable health care. And for those who are so concerned about the Constitutional issues – to deny the majority equal access to health care would seem to be unconstitutional. That is more smoke screen. The people who are screaming about constitutional issues are the ones who are working hardest to block public access to appropriate health care.

    The idea that Obama has himself should be defining anything is such patent nonsense it’s hard to see how any adult can entertain it. A head of state doesn’t have the time for those things, and in any case, they are not his job. They are the job of Congress, and it’s Congress which has stonewalled all serious efforts at health care reform. How is that Obama’s fault? Health care is a cash cow for the insurers, and they don’t want to give it up. Insurers are a cash cow for politicians, and they are happy to throw their constituents under the bus to keep the flow coming.

    True that Obama campaigned on health care reform. True also that the reform has been a farce. The only concession he was able to get was to get coverage for ‘pre existing conditions’. He’s been forced to throw MediCare recipients to the wolves to some degree.

    I’m pretty sure he’s no happier about it than we are. Even if he’s happy as a clam and lying in his teeth – there was no way he could accomplish any of his goals without Congress’ cooperation. He is as dependent on them as we are, and if they’ve assassinated our health care, they’ve assassinated Obama’s character.

    Our Congress is composed of sociopathic thugs, to whom their bottom lines are more important than the health not only of their constituents, but also of their country.

    It’s hard to see what they accomplish by destroying the country’s workforce, but that seems to be their goal.

    The real problem is a substandard Congress.

  13. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, almost 3 years ago

    “Obama DID lie. He DID say the guy could keep it. He didn’t limit it to substandard policies. It was limited to “if you like it.””

    And given the amount of mileage the GOP has gotten out of it, what makes you think that the insurers didn’t offer him assurances which they went back on as soon as he’d gone public with it?

    There is no shortage of lies, to be sure, but when has any insurer been honest about his business practises?

    I haven’t been that naive since I left school.

  14. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, almost 3 years ago

    Tigger, GOP opponents knew they were screwed almost from the beginning. They’ve been screaming from the beginning. The GOP made it crystal clear that they would not cooperate with any health care scheme which would shut the insurers out or restrict them in any way. They would not cooperate with aggressive negotiations with BigPharma so people might be able to afford to eat if they’ve refilled their prescriptions.

    How did you not notice any of that?

  15. jessegmckay

    jessegmckay said, almost 3 years ago

    The comic portrays the owners of “inadequate” health insurance as “screwed,” and complaining about “[President] Obama said I could keep this [inadequate policy.]” In the author’s opinion, an inadequate policy is worthless, and the owners are not at all injured by having their policies cancelled (i.e., screw removed.) The author says nothing as to the worth of an ObamaCare-approved policy, despite the growing consensus that such a policy is much more expensive than the inadequate policy. By using the “screwed” metaphor, the author inoculates Obama et al from any concern that the could have “liked” and wanted to “keep” their insurance or their doctor. So, the fact that Obama lied — deliberately, purposefully, wantonly — is instantly forgiven and forgotten. But not by me.

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