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Tom Toles

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  1. jnik23260

    jnik23260 said, over 3 years ago

    Just like government – when he’s in charge of it!

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    Geo. Washington warned us political parties would divide and weaken the nation. This time, we see a republican shown as the one preventing help from reaching the ‘body politic", but liberals who fail to recall the times the Democrats were sitting on the ’lifelines’ place themselves in the same category of extremist with which they label their rivals.
    Healthcare reform is urgent. Costs are rising and insurance executives, hospital CEOs, are getting 7 figure salaries.
    Obamacare is not perfect, but a ‘perfect’ solution requires that a Congress lacking in civility, respect, or compromise come together in a ‘more perfect union’ to lay a proper foundation for long term solutions to our the growing burden of health and welfare of our neighbors and fellow citizens.
    Maybe the Elephant is sitting on the IV, but most of us know that the medicine the Donkeys provided is an imperfect ‘solution’ at this time. Hopefully, we can come together to make these cannibalistic legislators do the jobs for which they get paid so well and after which they retire, they continue to receive so many expensive and lavish benefits.

  3. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    This is a copy and paste with some modification of a post that I made yesterday. I don’t know whether you were here yesterday or just didn’t comment. Anyway, here it is.

    The degree of group ineptitude needed to create the PPACA is immeasurable. Scrap the PPACA and research the successful portions of the health care provisions of the multiple countries that have workable health care systems. Synthesize those “best of” provisions into an integrated, workable structure knowing that as time passes that tweaking may be necessary.

    Allow no exemptions. The granting of exemptions only raises the cost of health care to those left in the insurance (tax) pool. Leave it to the individual to decide whether for religious or other reasons of conscience the individual declines treatment.

    If we must keep the PPACA, get rid of goofiness like the surtax on medical devices. (Sec. 9009) What sense does it make to tax medical devices? It will cause an increase in fees to patients to pay for the device which will result in higher insurance premiums or higher government subsidies.
    Why an excise tax on conscientious employers that provide high grade insurance coverage for their employees? (Sec. 9001) Is it to force employers to drop outstanding coverage for their employees into the mediocre coverage dictated by the PPACA? What is the purpose of an imposition of annual fee on health insurance providers. (Sec. 9010) Again this is passed on to the patient which is passed on to the government in subsidy costs. Most of Title IX is a miscegenation.

    There are many other provisions of the PPACA that are questionable besides the few that I’ve highlighted in Title IX that warrant major modifications to the PPACA.

  4. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 3 years ago

    This reminds me of a friend, who after an accident) was told by his doctor he needed immediate surgery on a collapsed lung as his oxygen level had just dropped.
    My friend, “Do you think maybe you standing on my oxygen hose has anything to do with it?”

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    “….costing precious jobs and productivity just when the economy is trying to maintain a stuttering but steady effort at recovery. "

    For all of the right’s posturing about the 2014 election as being the reason for delay in implementation of some provisions of the PPACA, I think that Obama decided to institute those delays for the reason I quoted from in your post. No politician would willingly put themselves in the position of having to take flack from both his opponents and his supporters (the ones condemning him for the delay).

  6. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 3 years ago

    I wonder if what you are complaining about has anything to do with the 400+ amendments by the Republicans???

  7. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago

    Left out all the nicks and cuts on the tube then there is the empty IV bag.

  8. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago

    Ok please explain how, not just a general summation, of how Obama Care is lowering health care costs while the National Debt is going up and up? Sorry Night but has gotten to that point that it will take a detailed breakdown to convince anybody.

  9. wbr

    wbr said, over 3 years ago

    even bho admits it will not work

  10. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago

    Good one!

  11. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 3 years ago


    “This is another step in the promised “fundamental transformation of America” promised by O in 2008…it looks more an’ more like a fundamental destruction of America, and It needs to be stopped.”

    Then you should have done what you could to stop it when it was being rammed down everyone’s throat – including Obama’s, who entered office talking about single payer health care reform.

    What we got was a thinly disguised hand-me-down version of RomneyCare from Massachusetts.

    The thing is a travesty, no question. But it is NOT a travesty which can be laid at Obama’s door.

  12. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 3 years ago

    They’re in the original bill.

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    The VA system remains overworked and under-funded, but from drugs, to hearing aids, to facilities and services, the agency IS far more efficient, in most areas, than “private/corporate” medicine. The fact that a procedure can can cost $17 K at one hospital, and $250 K at another in another city proves the “private/corporate” system IS the “broken” one. Profit taking, not patient care is the modus operandi in 99% of corporate medicine, in bed, on an IV of cash flow,, with the insurance industry.

    The real “terror” for industry is that 80% of the money MUST go to patient care, not “overhead”, or be refunded to patients, saving them a huge amount. (and taking profit and bonuses away from CEOs)

  14. parkerfields

    parkerfields GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Somebody messed up drawing the picture. The main people who are overweight in this country are Democrats living on welfare.

  15. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago


    I agree Mikefive. I usually do when you’re the commentator.
    There are so many things wrong with this bill but it is a product of the degree of ineptitude to which you brilliantly point.
    I see the present bill as a badly built raft. It is afloat more in theory than reality. However, it is afloat, and it enabled us to put our son back on our insurance until he turned 26.
    I know there are people experiencing increased costs, but I believe this to be a short term (1 to 3 years) after which, in a world where political parties work together to make things better, it will be made a true hospital ship instead of a raft from gilligan’s island.
    If one is going to have hope, one has to believe that intelligent people can come together when its important enough.
    Thank you for you many well stated comments.

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