Prickly City by Scott Stantis

Prickly City

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  1. TJDestry

    TJDestry GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Because paying a $95 penalty and loading the taxpayers with debt when you take your uninsured broken leg to the ER is so much more fair than having some insurance of your own. This is the Cliven Bundy Economic Theory — it’s not “freeloading” when someone you like is ripping off taxpayers.

  2. j gray

    j gray said, over 2 years ago


    good point. instead, line up and do what the government tells you. And try not to think, What happens when the Government tells me to do something I don’t believe in?

  3. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    You obviously don’t understand how insurance works.

  4. Tue Elung-Jensen

    Tue Elung-Jensen said, over 2 years ago

    We pay for a lot we don’t use through taxes, and don’t complain since we do not mind considering it helps the entire country. I just guess people who don’t are selfish jerks …

  5. fbjsr

    fbjsr said, over 2 years ago


    Why do you think an uninsured person going to the ER cost you money? The government DOES NOT reimburse hospitals for people who do not have insurance. That is a LIE that you keep repeating. The hospitals bill these people. Tax dollars only go to the hospital to cover people already on federal and state welfare type plans. So changing them to obamacare will not change this. All Obamacare is, is a tax on young people who can afford it the least. This way the government has another stream of money coming so they don’t have to be responsible and cut waste from the current amount they take from us.

  6. Mark Jackson

    Mark Jackson GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    This is exactly the way group insurance works through your employer – if you’re lucky enough to still get insurance through your employer. Why isn’t Stantis whining about the unfairness of that?

  7. fbjsr

    fbjsr said, over 2 years ago

    @Mark Jackson

    The unfairness that employers are being forced to pay for everyones insurance when do to the obama economy and new rules and restrictions they may not even be able to afford it for themselfs?

  8. jbmlaw

    jbmlaw said, over 2 years ago

    Leftists require other people to adhere to their preferences, even when they except themselves and their sycophants (maybe that should be psychophants.) It is the leftist way. Decent people believe in individual freedom of choice and personal responsibility.

  9. plausibleDeniabilty

    plausibleDeniabilty said, over 2 years ago


    So health care doesn’t function like other businesses? Businesses pass their uncollected bills to their consumers through increased prices. Remember a few years back when the right’s battle cry was “any taxes on business are passed on to consumers?” It’s the same thing, just not a government-mandated tax. Are you suggesting that folks who pay their hospital bills are NOT subsidizing the uninsured? If that were true, there’d be no private hospitals left in business.

    Glad to see the Republicans are abandoning personal responsibility as a good thing (“it’s too hard. It’ll cost me money”), just as they abandoned the importance of character in the 80s and patriotism when they ran 2 draft dodgers in 2000.

  10. trm

    trm said, over 2 years ago


    So sorry the young folks aren’t doing Their Glorious Duty To The Party, as defined by Obama and his fellow collectivists.
    For the young, it’s simple math, a difficult concept for leftists. The young figure (correctly) it’s cheaper to pay a $95 penalty than thousands for health insurance they believe they probably won’t need. And even if they do need it, they can sign up the day they’re injured/sick, because witless Dems set it up so pre-existing conditions aren’t considered.
    The astounding thing is that clueless leftists are actually surprised by this.

  11. fbjsr

    fbjsr said, over 2 years ago

    Yes, but my comment is to the fact that TJ keeps saying that uninsured going to ER load the government with debt. Just not true. And the answer to what you say is too give the hospitals more freedom to say “you don’t need to be seen at the ER, call your doctor and make an appointment”.

  12. fbjsr

    fbjsr said, over 2 years ago


    Thank you. I have also tried to explain to people that forcing insurance to accept pre-existing conditions is like letting you get car inusrance after the wreck and forcing the insurance company to buy you a new car. Just not economicly feasable. If the government would cut out the waste they would have plenty to help people that truly need it.

  13. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I was called a liar for writing this before, but here goes again….my husband lost his job but was fortunate to get a good consulting gig. It has no benefits. I took his pay to the ACA site before enrollment closed and used the worksheet to see what plans we could afford. The bronze plan was more than we could afford to take out of our current income, but we did not qualify for subsidies; and even if we took the plan, the deductible was the same as having no insurance at all. So we’ll pay the penalty and hope that the consultancy becomes a permanent job. So while one class of uninsured is now insured, there is now an OTHER class of uninsureds. I’m not complaining; I guess you could say it’s our turn (this thought saves my sanity, so please don’t disabuse me of it.) But, PLEASE, Mr. Obama, don’t tell me that this is the Great Insurance Fix and DON’T tell me you know what’s best for me.

  14. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


    They want the people you’re talking about to sign up because, actuarially, those things are unlikely to occur. So unlikely that those young people are the cream of the insured crop. And besides, not being insured does not automatically equate to non-payment by the patient.

  15. fbjsr

    fbjsr said, over 2 years ago


    Qualifying for the subsidy doesn’t help. It is at the back end. You have to pay all year and then you get it off of your taxes.

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