Robert Ariail by Robert Ariail

Robert Ariail

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  1. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 1 year ago

    Interesting set of circumstances. Mr. Obama is delaying implementation, which is a tacit admission that things are not going as expected. Even the best of intentions can get lost when spread over thousands of pages.

    Will the Democrats be willing to admit that Obamacare needs serious modification to become viable? Will they have the guts to propose single-payer?

    This is where the Republican leadership can show its stuff. If they can come up with a real, understandable, practical alternative, they can gain a lot of momentum going into the next election cycle and beyond.

    Having private for-profit health insurance means that only the wealthy and healthy can afford and keep health insurance. That means that everyone else (insurance company rejects) will use Medicare, Medicaid, or emergency room services they cannot or will not pay for. And the taxpayers subsidize that. We have to realize that this means essentially that the Federal Government is taking care of the health of those the insurance companies deem unfit for policies, and/or those who are priced out of the market. This is unsustainable, and that means that the stated Republican plan of “repeal and replace” (aka repeal and do nothing) is valueless. Also, Mr. Ryan’s idea of privatizing Medicare will exacerbate the problem by introducing a large class of “bad medical risks” into the insurance pool.

    Will the Republicans be willing to admit that they need an alternative plan, and that simply opposing Obamacare is not enough? Will they be willing to understand that privatizing in this instance has failed miserably, and that it is pointless to continue to pursue it?

    Or will both parties do what they do best: nothing? And watch the rest of us fight among ourselves about who is to blame?

    I put my money on both parties doing nothing.

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 1 year ago

    That Captain won’t be going down with the ship since he and other “more important” people are exempt from the horrors that will come.

  3. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    I read that in areas that already have it that insurance rates are going down. This is what we needed to get up to par with the rest of the world.

  4. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 1 year ago

    @Wabbit

    If that is indeed true, it will not stay that way. Although the taxpayer pays for those that private for-profit health insurance does not cover, this does not directly translate into higher premiums: it’s just one more black hole your tax money goes into. With Obamacare, those charges will go directly into our insurance bills. Although it will save tax money, as there will be far fewer unfunded emergency-room treatments, our premiums will necessarily go up.

  5. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @I Play One On TV

    “This is where the Republican leadership can show its stuff. If they can come up with a real, understandable, practical alternative, they can gain a lot of momentum going into the next election cycle and beyond.
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    Will the Republicans be willing to admit that they need an alternative plan, and that simply opposing Obamacare is not enough? Will they be willing to understand that privatizing in this instance has failed miserably, and that it is pointless to continue to pursue it?”
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    Good post, but Republicans have not shown the slightest inclination to even allow improvements to Obamacare, or technical adjustments to the way it was written.
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    I have heard NO Republican suggestions about any alternative, either.
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    Mitch McConnell stated in a Fox “news” interview that the American health care system was the greatest in the world and needed no changes at all. I’ve never heard any Republican say any different.
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    Maybe some Fox “news” viewers can identify some Republican supported improvements that I haven’t heard about.

  6. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 1 year ago

    @ConserveGov

    If we could only make it the law that those “more important” people had to access the health care system the same way the rest of us do, things would change in a big hurry.

  7. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    I really hope that the USA can work out how to catch up to the rest of the world in this basic universal 20th century social benefit.

  8. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 1 year ago

    The degree of group ineptitude needed to create the PPACA is immeasurable. Scrap the PPACA and research the successful portions of the health care provisions of the multiple countries that have workable health care systems. Synthesize those “best of” provisions into an integrated, workable structure knowing that as time passes that tweaking may be necessary.

    Allow no exemptions. The granting of exemptions only raises the cost of health care to those left in the insurance (tax) pool. Leave it to the individual to decide whether for religious or other reasons of conscience the individual declines treatment.

    Avoid goofiness like a surtax on medical appliances or an excise tax on conscientious employers that provide high grade insurance coverage and other provisions of TITLE IX—REVENUE PROVISIONS of the PPACA.

    There are many other provisions of the PPACA that are objectionable besides the few that I’ve highlighted that warrant something different than the PPACA.

  9. bettyveron

    bettyveron GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    not in new york

  10. DGF999

    DGF999 said, about 1 year ago

    Obamacare really doesn’t have much to do with healthcare to President Obama/Pelosi/Reid, etc. To these people, Obamacare represents opening the door for Communism in America.

  11. ODon

    ODon said, about 1 year ago

    @DGF999

    How?

  12. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 1 year ago

    @DGF999

    No, the beginning of Communism in the US was universal public education. It’s been downhill ever since.

  13. Jeff H

    Jeff H said, about 1 year ago

    @I Play One On TV

    By failing to fully implement the law on time, as specifically spelled out in the legislation, Mr. O is also ignoring his Constitutionally mandated duty to carry out laws passed by Congress. Impeach him, I say.

  14. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @braindead08

    Of course Mitch McConnell thinks we have the greatest health-care system in the world. His gold-plated Cadillac plan ensures that he’ll never want for quality care for the rest of his life!
    “Man, I’ve got it great! What’s everyone complaining about?”

  15. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 1 year ago

    @Adrian Snare

    It’s not a Republican plan, Adrian. That is a bit of disinformation to spread responsibility for the PPACA miscegenation.

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