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  1. Adrian Snare

    Adrian Snare said, 6 months ago

    Prostitution is the world’s oldest “profession”, quickly followed by medical care.
    But this was costly, so it was just for the very wealthy…who could afford their own personal physician.
    The working man had no-one but himself and his mother, then his wife…
    Things are better today, the working man is not nearly so poor, many have company subsidized insurance (Blue Cross and Shield….or Travelers Insurance…
    Imagine the cost to business….
    It is right that a decision was made to make health care a right for all, and that all should bear the cost…..But, the costs must be driven down..Still, only the very wealthy can afford their own doctor.

  2. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    No! I’d have gone rhomboid.

  3. lifebyc

    lifebyc said, 6 months ago

    My understanding is the left wanted single payer, or at least a single payer option. The right blocked it, and the ensuing mess is a result of the left’s attempt to compromise. Now the right criticizes (in my view, partly correctly) the resultant mess. I REALLY don’t understand how the right can criticize single payer as “socialism” (and automatically assume all socialist policies are bad) and then collect MEDICARE for goodness’ sake. Aren’t veteran’s benefits socialized health care as well? I just don’t get it. Perhaps I’m falsely assuming logic has some bearing on the right’s policies.

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    @lifebyc

    But the mess is the Republican alternative that Pres. Obama embraced. Single Payer was dumped before anything was negotiated. The govt option gone so the mess is all Republican. And a Democrat is giving it to us. strangely the Republicans are against it and offer nothing but the status quo as the fall back.

  5. James Corley

    James Corley said, 6 months ago

    @liebyc – your premise is flawed…. there is no logic in politics.

    BTW, the health care system would work MUCH BETTER if all the politicians would simply decide we can sign onto the Civil Service plans at gov’t employee rates. That would greatly simplify the system. I pay my part and the employer pays the Govt part.

    The “Insurance Risk Pool” is artificially kept down to a small washtub when it should be as big as the entire country. Any single company (and the insurer thereof) has the exact same risk of hiring somebody who will be diagnosed with cancer in the second week of coverage as any other company.

  6. James Corley

    James Corley said, 6 months ago

    The Republican Alternative, as written by my two local congressmen (Dr Tom Price and Dr Phil Gingrey) would have done three things first:
    1 – remove the artificially small pool sizes for small companies (see the logic above)
    2 – remove the Congressionally instituted rules against offering insurance across state lines, thus letting people choose to carry their existing insurance with them if their job moves them (now our rates can vary by county instead!!)
    3 – remove the unlimited amounts that can be recovered from malpractice suits AND cap the amount the attorney can recover. Too many attorneys, IMO, have become millionaires of the suffering of those legitimately caused harm by bad doctors AND they keep the money a jury intended to go to the families in their own pockets.

    I went to the town hall meetings they held, heard their plans, and they convinced me that the problem in medicine isn’t the doctors, its the big dollar insurance corporations. I find it odd that the Democrats defend and Republicans attack the corporations… totally against the norm for both. But, i digress….

  7. pirate227

    pirate227 said, 6 months ago

    “You get nothing! Good day, sir!”

  8. Donald Williams

    Donald Williams said, 6 months ago

    Copy & Paste:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLHb4Pb0Xwg

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    @James Corley

    The flaw in #2 is that all the insurance companies will move to the state that has the most lax laws and operate from there. Bad idea.
    -
    The others may have merit.

  10. mattro53

    mattro53 said, 6 months ago

    Van Jones put it very well. Quit chasing the bunny. You’ll never get the Right (right-but seldom correct) to compromise. See the Wikipedia article on him; what happened to him in 2009 when he was appointed as Special Advisor for Green Jobs is a perfect example of the Right’s intransigence.

  11. Gregory Kruse

    Gregory Kruse GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    A circle says simple, but it is infinitely complicated. A zero seems obvious, but it is ineffable.

  12. Donald Williams

    Donald Williams said, 6 months ago

    Thank You Donald Williams for finding the video.

    Thanks for your post. I can do a hyperlink and sometimes do; but I believe that any interested person can do a simple “copy & paste” which accomplishes the same thing.
    .
    If an individual is interested, one method is as good as the other, IMHO. (Especially since some don’t understand the need to “right click”!)
    Smiley

  13. Donald Williams

    Donald Williams said, 6 months ago

    I just realized that my previous comment was prejudicial:
    right click as opposed to left click !!!

  14. Donald Williams

    Donald Williams said, 6 months ago

    Smiley

  15. TJDestry

    TJDestry GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    Panel Two: Not true. You have a choice of having your premium costs immediately cut by the amount of your subsidy or getting the subsidy back as a tax credit. I have no idea why anyone would choose the latter, but it is certainly not the federal law.

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