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Tom Toles

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  1. Mr. MOR

    Mr. MOR said, over 2 years ago

    @Michael wme
    Just wanted to say thanks for providing links that actually go to articles that are, themselves, both informative and also linked to their own source material.

  2. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 2 years ago

    In states that created their own marketplaces for health insurance, the subsidies are not a problem. The only people who would be denied the subsidies that would enable them to have health insurance are those who live in states which refused to create their own marketplaces. Just like those people who are still ineligible for medicaid because their states refused to expand medicaid.
    In short, the refusal of many states to step up to the plate is going to kill a whole lot of their citizens, and may kill a lot more if this ruling stands, as it demonstrable that those who do not have health insurance suffer and die at much higher rates than those who do have it.

    But what do GOP politicians care about that? We are not talking about people likely to vote GOP, so they don’t really matter. “If they would rather die, they had better do it, and reduce the surplus population.” That really what the poor and unemployed are to the GOP, “the surplus population.”

  3. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Doughfoot: The GOP will start caring when their tax base disappears…

  4. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 2 years ago

    I’m fortunate to live in a blue state, where the government is not actively campaigning AGAINST my health, well-being, finances, and freedom. The ruling would only affect me if it manages to ruin the huge gains that the ACA has made in lowering insurance costs nationwide. But it’s unlikely to stand, since it was based on naked partisanship and no actual legal grounds.

  5. ODon

    ODon said, over 2 years ago


    “But it’s unlikely to stand, since it was based on naked partisanship and no actual legal grounds.”
    Thankfully if it goes to the Supreme Court we need no longer fear naked partisanship….oops.

  6. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 2 years ago

    Hear, hear.

  7. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 2 years ago

    The problem with that is that there’s a contingent in this country who believe that money should be the gauge of the worth of everything- up to, including and especially human life. They like that the “free market” lets the poor suffer and coddles the rich, because that’s how they think the world should be; any system that treats everyone the same is met with their scorn.

  8. TripleAxel

    TripleAxel said, over 2 years ago

    @The Wolf In Your Midst

    Human life would be measured against money in a government-funded health care system as well. The difference is that unaccountable bureaucrats, not the affected individuals, would decide how much money to spend, and there would be less incentive by the health care providers to improve and increase their services.

  9. wbr

    wbr said, over 2 years ago

    Ever manage to get a claim refusal overruled? yes but it was a private insurer if it was gov no way // i guess gary kleppe likes va health care

  10. ODon

    ODon said, over 2 years ago


    “…unaccountable bureaucrats…” make up a good portion of the private sector too. As one who has dealt far too often with the “system” I assure you that both government and business can be charged with having an abundance of folks who prove to be obstacles instead of facilitators.

  11. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    1st glance, thought he said fill your briefs.

  12. wbr

    wbr said, over 2 years ago

    dear gary " The VA does the best they can despite being massively underfunded "the statement is twice false

  13. Government Is Not The Enemy

    Government Is Not The Enemy said, over 2 years ago


    Unaccountable government bureaucrats (who actually do answer to the agencies which answer to the President and in times of egregious misbehavior to Congress and the courts) vs. corporate bureaucrats who answer to shareholders who have a direct disincentive to provide medical care as that eats into profits. All you have to do is look at the rest of the developed world and a good deal of the developing world. They all have national healthcare (some of which is still private, but it’s still single payer, not for profit) and they spend way less than us and have much better outcomes. Insisting that what we had before the ACA was functional is pretty much the definition of insane.

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