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Tom Toles

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  1. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 3 years ago

    It is cruel and unusual punishment to even attempt to confuse our ultra conservative, president Obama hating at all costs posters here with facts. On the other hand, it is kind of fun isn’t it?

  2. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, almost 3 years ago

    “All that matters to you is who wrote it.”

    Uh … that is the side who wrote it. You don’t believe Obama wrote it just because the GOP calls it ‘ObamaCare’, did you?

  3. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 3 years ago

    “….they were hugely in favor of the plan when the Heritage Foundation introduced it as a counter to the Clinton proposal and excited when Willard got it passed in MA.”

    I would suggest that you read up on the Heritage Foundations stance on mandated health care. I think you will find it was not what you think it was.

  4. Enoki

    Enoki said, almost 3 years ago

    How many lies can you cram into a single panel cartoon?

  5. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, almost 3 years ago

    Remind me again which President said “you are either with us, or you are with the terrorists”?
    The dividing part went great; the conquering part, maybe not so much.

  6. Kip W

    Kip W said, almost 3 years ago

    Every year, they send us new insurance cards. This is because they’ve changed the plan to maximize shareholder benefits — that is, to give us less actual insurance and to charge us more for it.

    Insurance companies have done this right along. They cancel any plan that seems to pay off and offer in return a plan that’s more profitable for them.

    Only now, it’s a scandal. Now we’re blaming the government for this and other conservative cheapskate ripoffs.

  7. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Just a footnote here…we also hate Nancy Pelosi, the Wacko Witch from the West…

    Can I quote you, the next time someone tells me I’m sexist for making fun of Michelle “Be like China” Bachmann?

  8. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Who th’ hell did write it, anyway?

    The original idea was Stuart Butler of the Heritage Foundation. His plan included the mandate, subsidies & the preservation of private insurance companies as the central player in healthcare.

  9. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    I would suggest that you read up on the Heritage Foundations stance on mandated health care. I think you will find it was not what you think it was.

    Nonsense. Heritage is trying to run from that proposal, but it is the heart of the ACA. Heritage took down the web page version after people started linking to it. Here are some nuggets:

    “Mandate all households to obtain adequate insurance. Many states now require passengers in automobiles to wear seatbelts for their own protection. Many others require anybody driving a car to have liability insurance. But neither the federal government nor any state requires all households to protect themselves from the potentially catastrophic costs of a serious accident or illness. Under the Heritage plan, there would be such a requirement.”

    “Provide help to those who cannot afford protection. A mandate on households certainly would force those with adequate means to obtain insurance protection, which would end the problem of middle-class “free riders” on society’s sense o f obligation. But of course there are many lower-income households who could not reasonably afford to meet that obligation and yet are not eligible for current direct assistance programs such as Medicaid. Tax Credits. To an extent, the problems of affordability among these families would be dealt with through the system of tax credits outlined above. The Heritage plan also sees these tax credits as refundable – that is, a check would be sent to the family if the total credit exceeded the tax liability."

    “Other analysts are concerned that incentives to encourage individual insurance will mean higher insurance costs for families, since individual insurance to d ay is more costly than group plans. Again, this concern arises from a misconception of the workings of insurance. In the first place, individual insurance today is the exception, and usually the buyer is a person who for some employment or health reason is not part of a group. That makes serving the individual expensive. But if all families were individually insured, the economies of scale would bring costs down to the cost level routinely found in today’s group plans.”

  10. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Ironically all that hate and casting of dispersions makes Pres. Obama seem more liberal than he actually is.

    Fox News promised us Lenin, instead we got Bob Dole.

  11. sdut sucks

    sdut sucks said, almost 3 years ago

    Gresch: If there is a lie in his speech… then you must impeach…: If you really believe this, you must have been at the front of the line to impeach bush when he lied us into two unnecessary wars. Oh wait, that didn’t happen, did it?

  12. echoraven

    echoraven said, almost 3 years ago

    “Chuckles, your side hated the ACA without ever really caring what was in it. All that matters to you is who wrote it.”
    While you LOVED it for the same reason. You don’t care what’s in it, who it hurts or how it harms our already anemic economy, you only care that it’s Kool Aid approved by your intellectual superiors.

  13. echoraven

    echoraven said, almost 3 years ago

    “What many people don’t yet realize is that so many of the insurance they have is expensive junk. They don’t measure up to what is offered.”
    Paid for my insurance every month and when I got sick I saw the doctor, paid my copays and things went well. My insurance is now cancelled.

  14. RevBobMIB

    RevBobMIB said, almost 3 years ago


    There are two major options here: either you bought a junk plan after the ACA passed (and thus it wasn’t grandfathered in), or your insurance company is trying to scam you into joining a more expensive plan.
    Without seeing the letter you got or knowing the details of your plan, I can’t say for sure which of those is the case. However, both situations have been well-documented. As for who deserves the blame – clearly it’s unfair to blame the ACA if your insurance company’s trying to scam you, unless you’re blaming it for not being restrictive enough…which you aren’t.
    If you bought a junk plan after the ACA passed, though, that’s your own fault and you should’ve known better. As I’ve noted before, I currently have a junk plan – but I had it before the ACA passed, it’s grandfathered in, and I can keep it if I want to. (I don’t want to, though, since I can pay about the same premium and get much better insurance in the ACA marketplace.) I did my fact-checking during the ACA debates and knew not to change plans between the time it passed and the time the marketplace opened, for exactly that reason. Of course, that’s a matter of personal responsibility…
    See for a discussion of the “junk plans” issue, or for details on the “cancel scam” problem.

  15. jack75287

    jack75287 said, almost 3 years ago

    No the Republicans were right!

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