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  1. mdavis4183

    mdavis4183 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    The Obama adfministration bribed congres by promising to pay 72% of therir “Obamacare”: costs.

  2. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    gee, it’s like no one in America got to see a doctor before the ACA was passed. No one. There was NO health care anywhere.

    Young people never got taken care of.

    old people where thrown out of hospital emergency rooms

    people where dying on the street in front of the “free” clinic

    NO WAIT! Obamacare IS the replacement for what we had for years. I know I’m the exception to the rule (along with many others) but what happened to paying for your treatment as you go? Did you know that you can bargain with the Doc AND the hospital if you do not have insurance?

    If you want single payer then do that not this ACA abomination

  3. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, about 1 year ago

    @Bruce4671

    Wow you are delusional.

  4. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Republicans are the death panel party.

  5. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    As usual the bucket-o’-trolls can’t come up with anything positive from the Republican side except obstruction, or typical thoughtless deconstruction.

  6. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Bruce4671

    O.K. Bruce, let’s see House Republicans champion a single payer system. Hell will certainly freeze over!

  7. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, about 1 year ago

    "In remarks at the White House last month, President Obama claimed that if Republicans “had some better ideas” on health care, he was “happy to hear them. But I haven’t heard any so far.”

    The Democratic National Committee expanded the president’s charge, claiming in a press release last week that “the GOP is simply out of ideas” on health care. Liberal opinion writers are now echoing Mr. Obama. The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein writes that “Republicans have no idea what is it is they’ll do” to replace the Affordable Care Act. The New York Times’s Paul Krugman chimes in that the GOP goal is to “deny essential health care and financial security to millions of their fellow Americans.”

    Mr. Obama and his hallelujah chorus are wrong. Republicans have plenty of sensible ideas to make health coverage more accessible and more affordable.

    Many congressional Republicans, such as Oklahoma’s Sen. Tom Coburn and Wyoming’s Sen. Mike Enzi, have long advocated making health insurance completely portable so workers can take their plans with them from job to job. This means giving individuals who buy coverage for themselves a tax advantage similar to the one that employers enjoy when they cover employees. That change also could make coverage more affordable for the self-employed and even universal for all workers.

    In the House, Republicans such as Texas Rep. Sam Johnson and Louisiana’s Charles Boustany (a cardiovascular surgeon), want to allow smaller companies to pool their risk to get the same discounts from insurance carriers that bigger companies do. Others, including Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, want to spark increased competition by allowing health-insurance policies to be sold across state lines, as are auto insurance policies.

    ObamaCare reduced the amount families can save tax free for medical expenses; the House Republican Study Committee wants to raise the amount. Paired with health-savings accounts, this can put quality health care within the reach of many more families.

    Defensive medicine—the use of unnecessary tests and procedures to ward off malpractice suits—cost Medicare and Medicaid an estimated $55.6 billion in 2008, according to a 2010 study in Health Affairs. Thus Texas Rep. Lamar Smith has championed medical liability reform at the federal level to rein in junk lawsuits, despite qualms that the issue should be left to the states.

    Texas Reps. Mike Burgess (who practiced obstetrics and gynecology) and Joe Barton have introduced bills to establish transparency in pricing and medical outcomes so patients can compare the costs for procedures at area hospitals and their relative success in performing them. Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy, also a physician, has introduced a bill that would allow Medicaid patients to convert the value of their government benefit to pay for private coverage.

    Republicans have put these and other ideas into comprehensive reform packages. Georgia Rep. Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon, has introduced a comprehensive alternative to ObamaCare that includes many of the GOP’s reforms. Tennessee’s Phil Roe, a retired OB/GYN, will introduce a new ObamaCare replacement package next month when Congress returns. Mr. Enzi first introduced a comprehensive bill including GOP reform proposals in 2007 and has updated it regularly.

    The president and his liberal posse have a fundamental, philosophical objection to conservative ideas on health care. They oppose reforms that put the patient in charge rather than government, that rely on competition rather than regulation, and that strengthen market forces rather than weaken them.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently called ObamaCare “a step in the right direction,” but noted that his goal is “absolutely” a single-payer system in which government delivers all health care. When he was running for president in 2008, Mr. Obama admitted he “would probably go ahead with a single-payer system” if he was “designing a system from scratch.” It’s no surprise that he professes not to have heard any good ideas from Republicans.

    In the past, with a few exceptions, Republicans talked too infrequently and with insufficient passion about health-care reform, leaving the field to the Democrats. There’s a different political reality today.

    Many Americans ache for an alternative to ObamaCare (54% disapprove of the law, according to the July 22 CBS News poll). To dismantle this monstrosity, however, Republicans must make their alternatives widely known.

    As Wyoming’s Sen. John Barrasso, one of the GOP’s leading health-care reformers and an orthopedic surgeon, puts it: “Republicans have ideas that actually deliver what Americans want—lower costs and greater access. Our ideas will win because they will improve health care in our country.”


    Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal, 8/22/13, Republicans Do Have Ideas on Health Care

  8. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, about 1 year ago

    Karl Rove…that explains everything, huh?

  9. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Cheech and Chong were a lot funnier than these guys, and never nearly as stoned!


    It’s also interesting that Republicans find “physicians” who don’t believe in basic biological principles, or in the case of Coburn see everyone having a gun to shoot someone, like in our National Parks, as “safety”.


    And it’s also interesting these same physicians think “I see dead people” is part of their oath when it comes to providing health care.

  10. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @churchillwasright

    “In the past, with a few exceptions, Republicans talked too infrequently and with insufficient passion about health-care reform, leaving the field to the Democrats. There’s a different political reality today.”
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    Yes, Republicans are faced with the reality of ACA being law.
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    “As Wyoming’s Sen. John Barrasso, one of the GOP’s leading health-care reformers and an orthopedic surgeon, puts it: “Republicans have ideas that actually deliver what Americans want—lower costs and greater access. Our ideas will win because they will improve health care in our country.””
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    Does this mean that Karl Rove believes now believes that Americans want health care improved in this country? Maybe he should talk to Mitch McConnell who believes that the American health care system is the greatest in the world and needs absolutely no improvement.
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    Does this mean that the Republican Party believes that American health care needs to be improved? Has Fox “news” been informed of this new reality?

  11. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Republicans no new ideas-ideas, yup. They strained their brains to 40 repeal attempts. No effort to improve anything but block funding, and delay implementation of the ACA in states with Republican legislatures.

  12. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 year ago

    As Nobel Laureate (and Obamabot) Paul Krugman says, the ACA will make young, healthy Americans pay a lot more for health insurance so older, sick Americans can afford to pay for insurance that covers their health problems.


    Prof Krugman also says that the ACA will provide subsidies to the poor, ignoring the Supreme Court ruling that said the ACA, forcing all Americans to pay for insurance (as a tax), was 110% Constitutional, but government subsidies to those who cannot pay are not.

  13. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, about 1 year ago

    @churchillwasright

    Yep, all of that is quoted verbatim from KarlRove.com, as reported by the WSJ (bought and paid for by Murdoch). You could have just sent us the link and saved us the trouble of reading through it all (and Rove’s ideas are just swell aren’t they?).
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    Readers, google “Karl Rove Insurance” and sift through the samples before deciding that Karl Rove and his ilk are the Answer to Everything.

  14. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, about 1 year ago

    @Zuhlamon

    I don’t see anything in Rove’s editorial that any of these ideas are Rove’s. These are ideas from Republican Senators, Representatives and a Committee, some of whom are actual physicians. The editorial is to debunk the meme that Republicans have no ideas on Health Care, but this won’t stop trolls from continuing with their ignorance. They’d rather continue to embrace a totally partisan Bill, passed in the thick of night, using bribery and other tactics, that no one read nor understands the ramifications of, who’s author has called it a train wreck, that hand out exemptions for political favors, that Liberal papers like the Washington Post says should be scrapped, that Unions say will hurt their members, and who’s provisions are being delayed by the President so as not to interfere with the next election cycle.

  15. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Rockngolfer

    Rocky, what was the state of your health care in 1999? Did you have insurance? Did you want it? Did you pay as you went? What?

    Now tell me what has changed…..

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