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Tom Toles

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  1. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Compassionate conservatism trolls in action.

  2. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I’ve yet to see how Obamacare itself helps that very same person. Oh, BTW, going to have a baby? Obamacare has no way to add the baby to the policy. Getting married? Nope…outta luck. Adoption in the near future? Try again, no provisions for that either.

  3. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 2 years ago

    @PianoGuy24

    You’re right, the ACA does not provide health care to anyone. Apropos the cartoon, it encourages states to expand the number of people eligible for medicaid and shifts much of the burden for so doing to the nation. States which refuse to do so exclude those additional people from coverage. So the victim in the cartoon is presumably a person who would be helped if he lived in a state that expanded coverage, and is refused help because he lives in a state that doesn’t. The law, the ACA, is at work in both sorts of states. It is the state government that decides whether or not to cover him. So, in those states, Obamacare doesn’t help that person. True enough.


    Assuming he is able to get basic coverage through the website (he’s going to need help and instruction to do that), if he is poor enough to qualify for expanded medicaid, he is poor enough to qualify for a subsidized health insurance policy, even if not the best sort. But, once again, Obamacare is not health care; it is not even health insurance; it is a quality control for health insurance, subsidies for lower-income people to help them buy insurance, and slap-on-the-wrist tax penalties on those who want to gamble (with other people’s money) on not needing health insurance. All this is expected to work more-or-less the way Romneycare worked in Massachusetts, where by all accounts it did a lot of good, though was no panacea.

    Good news for TRUE conservatives, though. I mean those who have the character to live up to their creed.
    The website only puts you and the insurer together. After that, you go through the insurance company. After all, you’re not buying your health insurance from the government, but from an private insurance company. And you don’t have to use either the the state or the Federal website to do that. Though, if you want a government subsidy, in some cases you do have to use the site. As someone who doesn’t approve of subsidies and tax breaks (otherwise known as “wealth redistribution”), I am sure you are not interested in “sucking at the public teat.” So I am also sure you will not be buying your health insurance through those sites, but will continue to do it the old-fashioned way, shopping around with the various companies, and paying your full share for what you get, and, like Hillsdale College, not expect the taxpayer to subsidize you in any way.

    Unless, of course, you are like the majority of Americans and continue to get your health insurance through your employer as I do (and you don’t have any children in their early 20s that you want to keep on your policy). The ACA hasn’t done us any good at all. My insurance went up this year, just as it has every year for, lo, these many years. Though I can’t deny that it went up by a lower percentage that it has in some previous years. The only good the ACA has done me is to give me assurance that, if my employment situation changes I will still, in spite of my “pre-existing conditions”, still be able to buy insurance; as well as the assurance that I live in an ever-so-slightly more just nation that I did before. Of course, for you the last part doesn’t count, because you and I have very different ideas of what constitutes justice.

  4. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 2 years ago

    Could you write more compressed prose there, Mr. wme, please? You think the current system’s so good, just say so.

  5. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 2 years ago

    “I am sorry to have written you such a long letter. I did not have time to write a short one.” — Blaise Pascal (1623-1661)

    Not a perfect quotation, more a paraphrase. But makes the point.


  6. ODon

    ODon said, over 2 years ago

    The key point to this ’toon stands true. Legislators of many states blatant hate of Obama trumps the needs of their fellow residents.

  7. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @ODon

    Are you so blind? It’s his POLICIES, not who he is. But, yeah…you’re blind. It’s your easy-out.

  8. Kip W

    Kip W said, over 2 years ago

    Look up “begs the question.” It does not mean “raises the question.”

  9. richardelguru

    richardelguru GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Why are Republicans stupid?
    Why to they hate RomneyCare (which is essentially what it is)?
    Sorry. I just realized: my first question answered my second…

  10. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 2 years ago

    @Radish

    Unlike Compassionate liberals who both the front end and the back end of the Website failed.

    Even Michael Moore thinks Obamacare failed.

  11. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 2 years ago

    @PianoGuy24

    “I’ve yet to see how Obamacare itself helps that very same person. Oh, BTW, going to have a baby? Obamacare has no way to add the baby to the policy. Getting married? Nope…outta luck. Adoption in the near future? Try again, no provisions for that either”.

    Amen brother.

  12. Reality,really?

    Reality,really? said, over 2 years ago

    The aca will provide very little insurance coverage w very high deductibles to a lot of people. It will not allow ins co to drop you if your expensive to cover. They are the sign ups. They have the most to lose. But there will be many pt kept out of the system not because they don’t have ins but because the don’t have the deductible. Er s and hospitals will be the losers as the reimbursement is now lower and the usage now greater. It’s ins, not free care.

    The aca also has many more provisions that will negatively impact care availability on a local level in small dr offices that can’t afford the $ needed to meet the new regulation. Hence not taking the govt offered plan and shunting pts in greater numbers to fewer dr.s. This was not a well thought out plan.

  13. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @jack75287

    Thanks. But just wait and watch, they’ll attempt to blame that incompetence of Obamacare on Republicans as well…even though Libs own Obamacare lock, stock, and barrel from start to finish.

  14. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Doughfoot

    Would you mind e-mailing me?
    I’d like to mention something to you off screen.
    Snowfire62@outlook.com

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    PPACA has yet to actually fail. But then the drum beat has been “fail, fail, fail” for Pres. Obama from day one. Even when he picks a Republican bail out for health insurers he may still fail. A fool he is or a true believer like those at the Heritage Foundation that put the original together and what the PPACA is ultimately based upon.

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