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Tom Toles

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 8 hours ago

    Our premiums went up $200 a month and now nothing’s covered until we come up with the $4000 deductible.
    Thanks Barry and the Dumocrats!

  2. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 8 hours ago

    With Bush’s wonderful wall, they drive trucks over! Porous borders indeed.

  3. Mordock999

    Mordock999 said, about 5 hours ago

    What Do You MEAN, “Trying”????

  4. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, about 4 hours ago

    @ConserveGov

    Sounds like you chose the wrong policy: you should shop around. I know you didn’t go through the Obamacare website, as you don’t approve of it, and it’s only necessary to do so if you want to qualify for a government subsidy, and I know you don’t want to be receiving any government subsidies: you don’t approve of them.
    Health insurance IS expensive, and some insurers make it a lot more so. But for most folks health insurance is subsidized by an employer or (now) by the nation.

    But yes, if you have always lived in a fire-trap of a house, poorly built, and liable to collapse, and finally building and safety codes are instituted, and your old house is condemned, you won’t be finding a new house, built to code, as cheap. But you will have shelter now, and not the illusion of shelter. And for that, you’re welcome.

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 3 hours ago

    In my extensive research (all five households), one had a rate decrease, two found it unaffordable, and two had rate increases. I don’t think there is any way I can make any extrapolation to a national trend, though.

  6. mugens

    mugens said, about 3 hours ago

    @mikefive

    Ok that is well said in that you can’t go by just 5 households as every family/situation and even States are different. The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as the “right” loves to say really works when the States actually agree to join in. Take the very “red” state of Kentucky. They absolutely love their plan and unfortunately they haven’t the common sense to know that it is only possible due to “Obamacare” If that goes away as McConnell keeps threatening do to if he gets control of the Senate, so does their plan which they love. The states that don’t join in, well the insurance companies just keep soaking them for the most part.

  7. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 3 hours ago

    All last year, when people spoke of losing coverage or having to pay much more, Krugman et al. showed the Republican poster children were all liars, actors chosen to portray people who’d lost coverage or seen their premiums skyrocket when they were all covered by their employer (as paid actors) or over 65 and on Medicare.


    Obama showed those two young ladies with serious medical conditions who’d been unable to afford any healthcare before 1 Oct ‘13, when they’d both signed up for the ACA and now had to pay a total of less than $100 a month (including deductible and co-pay) for full coverage of their pre-existing conditions. They must have been the only two in the entire country who managed to sign up on 1 Oct, since the website wasn’t actually working on that day, but the news didn’t have any resources to challenge Obama’s claim since they had to report on the shutdown.


    Why do I think Truth has wandered off somewhere, as eschewed as Ebola by every party to the debate?

  8. Darsan54

    Darsan54 said, about 1 hour ago

    @ConserveGov

    Just means you had really, really crappy insurance before.

  9. Darsan54

    Darsan54 said, about 1 hour ago

    @Doughfoot

    Yes, exactly.

  10. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 hour ago

    Why must we keep beating dead horses? I don’t hear anybody coming up with a better plan. The conservatives just want to balance the budget by doing away with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and eliminating deductions for mortgages and medical expenses.Loop holes for big business and feeding a defense budget that is bigger than the next ten countries added together is patriotic.

  11. mikefive

    mikefive said, 24 minutes ago

    @mugens

    “The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as the “right” loves to say really works when the States actually agree to join in.”

    The estimated demographics distributed by the government were used by the insurance companies to institute their rates. Unfortunately, the government’s actuarial estimates of enrollment were in error, particularly in the 18 to 34 age group, the income of which would have been used to offset the expense of those groups 35 to 64. With estimates falling short of reality, it should be no surprise that there will be rate increases.

  12. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 6 minutes ago

    And once again, you have to consider free-market forces. Assume you’re an insurance executive. You need a bigger house in a better neighborhood, and you’ve already reduced payments to doctors and hospitals to the point where they’re losing money. What to do?

    Raise premiums. People have been told (constantly) for the last 6 years to expect higher premiums because of Obamacare. If you raise premiums, the public won’t blame your greed: they’ll blame Obama.

    Where’s your incentive to keep your fees affordable?

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