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  1. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 10 months ago

    I think one of the other commentators might have a point. Calling everyone insured under the ACA ‘uninsured’ so the hockey stick’s blade is pointing in the wrong direction may not necessarily be completely wrong.


    A friend had to sign up for the ACA AFTER he found he had cancer. Being poor, he got a Platinum Plan HMO for $2,500 a month. But the chemo he got did absolutely nothing, since his HMO only used drugs they could acquire at a price that didn’t hurt profits, and those drugs were not the most effective agents for chemo (they said that radiation therapy was not available), The surgery provided by his HMO left him in bad shape, since it was also done as cheaply as possible.


    A single data point does not a good study make, but finding a legitimate study by someone with absolutely no axes to grind is something I haven’t been able to get my search engines to find. So I only have my single data point, which fits with what another comment is saying.

  2. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, 10 months ago

    It would not make the slightest bit of difference just what president Obama does or does not do, Harley and the other ultra conservatives on this site will cry like stepped on bugs! Heck, he could come out for the traditional American Apple Pie and Motherhood, and these guys would then proclaim motherhood to be somehow unconstitutional, and Apple Pie to be a Communist Plot against the America they claim to be so in love with!!


    And, of course, they would never let facts, or even reason and common sense, or even courtesy get in their way!!


    I can easily see why such truly even handed and excellent posters as RT almost never post here anymore!!

  3. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 10 months ago

    How’s about a shout out to Romney ‘Care’ in Massachusetts, eh? It’s the progenitor of all these ‘problems’ and ‘failures’ and ‘black is the white’ issues with Obama’s insurance program. Mitt must have known something, something special about the DOOM of a politician expanding healthcare coverage. What was, what IS, that something??
    -
    Oh, right, properly administered the program works.

  4. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @Harleyquinn

    All I can say is, “Huh?”

    You seem to admit that people who didn’t have insurance before now have insurance. But you say it’s “tin plated”.

    I guess you’re unfamiliar with the super high deductible, low cap plans employers have been dubbing “insurance” for the last couple of decades.

    The reality is that the ACA has barely started to make a dent in solving the problem of preventing health care from gobbling up our GDP. It shouldn’t matter whether your employer or the government pays for your health care. But we were on a trajectory that was utterly unsustainable.

  5. echoraven

    echoraven said, 10 months ago

    Oddly enough I’ve not heard this, I’ve heard the ACA is less popular (which would seem to contradict this cartoon). Like Michael, I’d like to see something from someone that doesn’t have an axe to grind.

  6. Kent Christenson

    Kent Christenson GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    Well Duh! Who wouldn’t take free or subsidized insurance

  7. wholescot

    wholescot GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    You didn’t only drink the kool-aid, you are helping make it. Not only are premiums waaaaaay up but deductibles are in the tens of thousands. If I was on welfare, food stamps, etc. It is a good deal, but not for those of us who work.

  8. wbr

    wbr said, 10 months ago

    uncle joe said " I guess you’re unfamiliar with the super high deductible, low cap plans employers have been dubbing “insurance” for the last couple of decades " yep I was in hospital 2 weeks and surgery I had to pay $15.00 on leaving [note 5.00 was for 2 sunday papers] // I did not get a cap or a hat

  9. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @wbr

    “I was in hospital 2 weeks and surgery I had to pay $15.00 on leaving [note 5.00 was for 2 sunday papers] // I did not get a cap or a hat”

    Consider yourself extremely lucky to have amazing insurance. Your personal experience isn’t really a rebuttal of the facts.

  10. Hiram Bingham

    Hiram Bingham said, 10 months ago

    @churchillwasright

    You trust Canadian newspapers?


    Wow.

  11. echoraven

    echoraven said, 10 months ago

    @Hiram Bingham

    Why shouldn’t he? They don’t have a dog in this fight, if anything since it’s more socialized than our old system if they had any bias, it should be pro ACA, not against.

  12. Hiram Bingham

    Hiram Bingham said, 10 months ago

    @echoraven

    echo, old friend, please read the banner a little more closely.
    “Canada Free Press: Because without America, there is no free world.”


    Do you REALLY think any Canadian publication would start out that way? Do you REALLY think Canada has no free press beyond this drivel?

    “Canada Free Press” is entirely a Right-Wing American production that has expropriated the name “Canada” for either a financial or agenda driven benefit, or to fool Right Wing Americans into thinking that others in the REAL free world share their absurd world views.

  13. Hiram Bingham

    Hiram Bingham said, 10 months ago

    @echoraven

    It has, apparently, fooled both you and Churchy into thinking it is legitimate.

  14. wbr

    wbr said, 10 months ago

    but uncle joe you have NO FACTS

  15. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @wbr

    Sigh. It takes something special to argue that deductibles aren’t rising. I suppose you’ll argue premiums aren’t rising, either. You should know by now, that I’m always able to provide sources to back up my statements. As most everyone who frequents GoComics knows, your posts are never substantiated. It’s really hilarious that you think telling me I have no facts is some kind of snappy comeback.

    In 2006, half of employees had to pay a deductible if they needed to use their insurance. In 2012, the number was 72%. Keep in mind this is EMPLOYER BASED coverage. The exchanges aren’t a factor. Of course, they didn’t even exist in 2012, so only a clown would argue otherwise. Of course, until the 80s, deductibles were rare & only a token amount when they existed.

    You might try to argue that the ACA is somehow to blame, but the bottom dropping out of the economy put a pinch on many employers & made others feel like they could cut back on benefits. The biggest factor in rising deductibles was people moving from HMOs with low deductibles, to HSAs with high deductibles.

    http://kff.org/health-costs/issue-brief/snapshots-the-prevalence-and-cost-of-deductibles-in-employer-sponsored-insurance/

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