Steve Kelley by Steve Kelley

Steve Kelley

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  1. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Yes, let’s go for that GOP alternative – “Bring out your dead! Bring out your dead!” and just pile them on the wagon.

  2. echoraven

    echoraven said, about 3 years ago

    Darn it! You beat me to it. BTW, the misses is a Cardinal fan.

  3. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, about 3 years ago

    Especially the families of cancer patients condemned to die without continued treatment by Obamacare rules and procedures!

    To keep costs down, the White House designed ObamaCare plans as cut-rate HMOs. The low profit margins have forced insurers to downsize the number of doctors and hospitals in their networks — and to slash what they cover for out-of-network treatment.

    So most ObamaCare plans don’t include the vast majority of the best cancer doctors and cancer centers. That’s a huge problem for these patients. As Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former Medicare official, writes: “Cancer patients often need the help of specialized doctors and cancer institutions that won’t make it into many of these cheapened networks.”

    All across the country, leading cancer centers — including New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering — are excluded by the largest plans. In Washington state, the largest exchange plans exclude world-class cancer care for kids such as the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. California’s state-of-the-art Cedars-Sinai cancer center isn’t in any ObamaCare plan. Only a few plans include the Mayo Clinic.

    And if you want a doctor outside such networks, you’ll generally have to pay the full cost of care.

    Many people will get better coverage at a lower cost under ObamaCare (after all, the feds are spending hundreds of billions on it). But most cancer patients will wind up paying more for less.

    Take Michael Cerpok, a leukemia survivor in Fountain Hills, Ariz. Right now, his monthly premium is about half his monthly take-home pay. But the ObamaCare law forced his insurer to kill that plan for one that fits the law’s rules.

    Now he’ll have to pay more for drugs, and his Mayo Clinic doctor is no longer in his network.

    Last year, his treatment bill was more than $350,000, but thanks to insurance his out-of-pocket was only $4,500. Now, to keep his doctor, the one who has kept him alive for seven years, Cerpok will have to pay $26,000 out-of-pocket.

    ObamaCare also stints on drug coverage, severely limiting the medicines plans cover. Many pre-Obama plans just charged a co-pay of about $50-70 a month for cancer drugs. Under ObamaCare, thousands of cancer patients will have to pay more than $2,500 a month for medicines.

    Horribly, ObamaCare is limiting access to new medicines just as a revolution is delivering far better treatments. More than 40 new treatments target the genetic source of tumors, as opposed to older therapies that kill cancer cells after they spread. On average, ObamaCare plans cover only 10 targeted therapies, and insurers don’t have to add new breakthroughs until 2016.

    A study by Avalere Health found that up to 90 percent of ObamaCare plans will force cancer patients to cover half the cost of new drugs until they hit the out-of-pocket maximum. By comparison, only 29 percent of non-ObamaCare employer-based plans do so.

    Many patients will just give up. Another Avalere study found that people are four times more likely to stop using innovative therapies if they have to pay $500 or more.

    South Carolinan Bill Elliott, 50, and a late-stage lung-cancer survivor, is looking at doing just that. He reports that premiums for his family will jump from $150 to $1,500 a month. His doctor isn’t in the ObamaCare network and neither are his medicines, so he’s thinking about stopping altogether, “pay the $95 or whatever fine and I’m just going to let nature take its course,” because he doesn’t want to burden his family.

    Forget the Web site and other disasters: The ugliest part of ObamaCare is how it denies life-saving coverage to cancer patients. That isn’t a “glitch”; it’s a cruel and key feature of the law.

    Robert Goldberg is vice president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest and publisher of

    Filed underBarack Obama, Cancer, Health, Healthcare, ObamaCare. …11/12/13
    article “Death by Obamacare: ‘Reform’ reams cancer patients”

  4. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago


    “The low profit margins have forced insurers to downsize the number of doctors and hospitals in their networks — and to slash what they cover for out-of-network treatment.”

    I am not an oncologist, so I cannot speak for that discipline. However, as an optometrist I can attest to have not been “downsized”. Not one of my insurance-industry overlords has told me that they don’t need my services anymore. To be fair, they pay each of us the same pittance, so even if the companies are truly interested in downsizing their networks, any downsizing would be subject to discrimination lawsuits.

    Out of network payments have always been putrid; this is the way they keep you “in” the network. Nothing new here. I see no way they can reduce out of network payments any further.

    There are a number of cancer sufferers who post semi-regularly here. I have not seen one of them say anything about Obamacare taking away their treatment. In fact, they post that the Republican-preferred program (do nothing different) has done far worse things to their treatment than what Obamacare might do when it actually starts “working”.

    As you know, I’m not a fan of Obamacare, but the current system is doomed to fairly imminent collapse, whereby only the wealthy will have treatments available. Something has to change. If you don’t like Obamacare, encourage your representatives to come up with something better. I do, for all the good it does……

    My suggestion: Single Payer. Or to be more clear: Single Payer.

  5. nate9279

    nate9279 said, about 3 years ago

    No. The voters are not dumb! They will realize the reason we are in this mess is becuase REPUBLICANS fought tooth and nail to prevent any meaningful health care reform, and Democrats will get more support to get the job done right. There will be more elephants in that dumpster, and then we’ll finally get some real results for poor and middle class people that are hurting from the petty political games Republicans like Mr. Kelley play to keep the rich getting richer at the expense of everyone else!!!!!!!!

  6. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 3 years ago

    Can Republicans capitalize on this? Sure, if they nominate actual human beings that normal people could vote for, instead of having another carnival of maniacs competing to see who can hate the most.
    Until that happens, I’m voting straight D.

  7. beviek

    beviek GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    LOL! This is a great ’toon……….period!

  8. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, about 3 years ago

    Under private insurance, we had the freedom to change companies or see a lawyer to seek fairness in payments for medical services.
    I would prefer the private system with the state’s overseeing with rules as before.
    There is no recourse for the planned poor quality policies written and enforced by the Federal Government, and the unseen dropping of patients and the downsized payments to participating doctors and facilities.
    did none of you believe the report of the expert who wrote the article I copied/pasted???

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