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Robert Ariail

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    I’d say wait six more months.

  2. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @dtroutma

    It will probably be more than six months, but I still think that someday, Republicans will be pointing out that Obamacare was originally their idea.

    Obama is suffering because he made the mistake of speaking in absolutes. Most people will not be affected by the ACA. Some people will see lower premiums or better coverage for what they were paying. Some will pay more for somewhat better coverage. Very, very few are paying more for less coverage. A whole bunch of people who had no coverage will have coverage.

    The real question is whether the Republicans will wake up & realize that if they don’t pitch in to make the ACA work, Single Payer is a certainty.

  3. Enoki

    Enoki said, almost 3 years ago

    What? No boat anchor?!

  4. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, almost 3 years ago

    In “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, the Mariner shot the albatross that was later hung around his neck.
    Obama didn’t shoot ACA, the Republicans did. And everyone is still blaming the President for all the problems.
    Get over yourselves.

  5. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, almost 3 years ago

    I read some of these posts and the righty talking points with amazement. Obama is trying to bring America up to the standards of health care as the rest of the world so 44,000 do not needlessly die every year of treatable conditions and 100,000 declare medical bankruptcy and he is treated like a pariah. I’m trying to decide – is it ignorance, stupidity, partisanship, or dishonesty?

  6. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 3 years ago

    @dtroutma

    Do you mean when things get worse?
    Barry’s approval numbers are 39%.
    76% do not trust him.
    http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/gallup-daily-obama-job-approval.aspx

  7. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, almost 3 years ago

    “……Bush got low numbers after being hammered day in and day out for years by the media. Obama, with the protection of the media, did this on his own…..”
    .
    Bush with his misguided, stupid invasions that resulted in hundreds of thousands killed and maimed deserved to be hammered in the media. If anything, he literally got away with murder. Obama is trying to save lives and minimize suffering, and despite incredible partisan resistance is making progress. Comparing the presidencies of Bush and Obama is ridiculous, not even close.

  8. retpost

    retpost said, almost 3 years ago

    My doctor died, so do I have to keep my doctor?

  9. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 3 years ago

    “Single payer” is one of the most deceiving metaphors used by lefties like you who don’t want to say “Government run, socialized healthcare”.
    Why don’t you just say what you mean?
    Oh that’s because you know most Americans don’t want the government running our healthcare, deciding which doctors we can see and when we are allowed to see him.

  10. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 3 years ago

    Btw I would prefer a true “single payer system” much like care for your car or your house.
    I’m a big boy and can decide for myself what treatments I need, which doctor to use and how to shop around for the best value.
    Or do you want us to pay for YOUR car maintenance and home improvements too?

  11. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, almost 3 years ago

    @Uncle Joe

    Unfortunately single payor is already a certainty.
    That was the goal from the very beginning. Remember when when this was all about the 30 million who had no insurance then morphed into the incompetently rolled out plan that usurps the authority of both Congress and the people. Obama has spoken. Let it be written; Let it be done.

  12. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, almost 3 years ago

    Polls are lies, unless they reinforce my opinion, in which case they are gospel truth.

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Despite the concerted efforts of Republicans in Congress, and state Governors to shoot down “Obamacare”, it will be up and functioning, despite their efforts, long before the F-35, at much lower cost! It’s far from a perfect law, as Republicans guaranteed with their demands, but for those finally getting health insurance, which will LOWER medical costs overall, it’s still a big step forward.


    More specifically to the ‘toon. Nobody on the “right” seems to note the war albatross that was hung from “W”’s neck, and saw his approval polling far lower than Obama’s when he left office. I don’t approve of all of Obama’s actions (which I’ve stated repeatedly) but still think he’s done about as well as possible given the idiocy and power of the MEDIA controlled by the right, and the never ending attacks on EVERYTHING he tries to do!


    Frankly, Julius Ceasar got more “respect” from his Senate opposition. And despite following the “unitary Executive” folks of the ’W" administration, Obama HAS been far more open, and willing to TRY to work with the opposition than Bush/Cheney ever did.

  14. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, almost 3 years ago

    “…..Was it this same way for the German ruler (Bismark) a century and a half ago ?…”
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    Probably not. Otto von Bismarck, the “Iron Chancellor” unified a number of separate Germanic states into a single German Reich, not by abstractions such as democracy and the rule of law, but by iron and blood. Interestingly, he was not a socialist, he was a crotchety, tax averse, right wing aristocrat, who had this quaint notion that the German military would be stronger and the factories more productive with universal health care. I suspect he was largely unopposed.

    “…..Or for the Canadians , 50 years ago. ?. .”
    .
    Yes, Tommy Douglas, father of Canadian Medicare and premier of Saskatchewan faced a big battle to implement medicare in the 1950’s for Saskatchewan. Tommy did not think it right that citizens of his province should be dying because they could not afford treatment, so he introduced a bill to provide universal single payer health care. He was resisted by the Canadian doctors, bolstered by, guess who, the American Medical Association, who feared “socialized medicine.” Representatives from the AMA poured across the border to help their Canadian counterpart defeat this radical idea put forward by this tiny former small town Baptist minister, turned politician. What they didn’t count on was that the little Scotsman was a fighter, and he fought his opponents to a standstill. With strong support from the Saskatchewan people, the doctors caved and the representatives from the AMA went back home like whipped puppies. In 1966 the Federal government copied the plan for all of Canada – unopposed. In 2004 Tommy Douglas was voted the people’s choice for “The Greatest Canadian.”
    .
    Many lessons from this bit of history. Here’s one: Social change, progress, and justice needs a champion of outstanding vision, compassion, toughness, and tenacity. There will be no shortage of nay Sayers who will resist change for any number of reasons – the path of least resistance, ignorance, innate negativity, vested interest, gullibility. Tommy Douglas was one such visionary and champion for social justice. Only history will prove if Obama has the right stuff. I think he does, and I think he will prevail. But it will be a tough fight with setbacks.

  15. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, almost 3 years ago

    @ConserveGov

    ““Single payer” is one of the most deceiving metaphors used by lefties like you who don’t want to say “Government run, socialized healthcare”. …”
    .
    And that is an inaccurate statement straight out of the Republican talking points for the sole purpose of scaring off a gullible segment of the American population who have been conditioned to believe that anything government is evil.
    .
    “…..Oh that’s because you know most Americans don’t want the government running our healthcare, deciding which doctors we can see and when we are allowed to see him….”
    .
    That’s not how universal single payer health care works, and are you really so gullible or brainwashed as to think so?

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