Tony Auth by Tony Auth

Tony Auth

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  1. believecommonsense

    believecommonsense said, over 5 years ago

    most accurately portrays the real intrusion between you and your doctor

  2. Bubba_Boo

    Bubba_Boo said, over 5 years ago

    Our pre-existing condition is life.

  3. BOB HASTY

    BOB HASTY GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    No! our pending death governs our actuarial tables!!

  4. wminfield

    wminfield said, over 5 years ago

    Government will be able to do what is in this toon better than any old insurance company when we back door into the public option. They will double and triple the amount of people that can’t get timely tests and coverage that they need when they ration care to get the costs down. Gov’t is the absolute best at waste, fraud, and corruption.

  5. ezdeb

    ezdeb said, over 5 years ago

    The government mobilized lots and lots of waste, fraud and corruption to fight the Nazis and Japan’s emperor. It was a huge joke among GI’s, how stupid, pointless and wasteful many military/government orders and rules were.

    Should we not have done it? Should we have, as wmin says, just not taken “reform” action because we hate our government and the way it does things?

    It would be interesting for righties to get their wish for even one year: No government in their lives or their communities. Then the idiotic, drooling “I hate gummint!” would end. Guaranteed.

  6. believecommonsense

    believecommonsense said, over 5 years ago

    wminfeld … no, not really, medicare operates at a 3 percent administrative cost. Private health insurance commonly operates a a 25 to 33 percent over head cost, including CEO bonuses, shareholder profits, as well as the cost of running their business. (You can find this information on many independent research sites.)

    Every dollar paid to a healthcare provider is called a medical loss and private insurers keep constant track of their “medical loss ratio” to profits. Caring for patients is second, or maybe third to making profits and forcing doctors to accept reduced payment schedules.

    Physicians complain more about the intrusion of private insurers in their medical care for patients than about the “intrusion” of medicare administration.

    Private insurers create their own medical protocols for when they will authorize treatments and when they will deny. Insurance accountants and executives determine what you will be covered for …. and the right screams about government takeover. Ahh, in case you didn’t notice the private insurers took over a long time ago and we the people are NOT their primary customer.

  7. ezdeb

    ezdeb said, over 5 years ago

    Charlie, we DO charge heavy taxes on cigarettes, alcohol and other things that contribute to the public health problems. People usually refer to them as sin taxes. A tax on junk food was proposed recently, but it’s DOA, of course.

    I guess it’s a matter of semantics. When is an individual’s poor health a matter of personal choice or bad luck? If I get hit by a bus, did I choose a riskier life in the city? If I get sick from breathing coal dust all my life, is it because my parents were irresponsible for not moving away from Virginia when they had children? It’s not possible to parse these things so carefully. We just need basic health care for Americans! The concept of preventive education and healthy choices has been ridiculed by republicans in the healthcare reform “debate”.

    Conservatives are fat, too. They smoke and drink, too. They get herpes and their children are born with birth defects, too. They take illegal drugs and hide it. America, warts and all.

  8. wminfield

    wminfield said, over 5 years ago

    ezdeb…I don’t hate government, and I do understand it needs to be in my life. Don’t lump me in to some group of people you have justified in your mind. I hate greedy, egomaniacle, crooked, pork loving (yes even the ones that bring wasteful spending back to my district) politicians; and wish we had term limits in both the house and Senate. I prefer to limit how much “gummint” is in my life and I am leary of slippery slopes that may lead to more and more control of my day to day living and providing for my family. I am leary of what crooked politicians can steal when we hand over 1/6 of the economy over to them. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME SORT OF REFORM (I have posted that many times). I just don’t like the controlling reform that has been proposed so far. There are many small steps that could be taken, that could improve on the private option first.

    Should we just accept gov’t waste, fraud, and corruption as you suggest and not try to improve systems. Let’s take it slow and not put the economy at further risk.

    BCS..Medicare already limits payments to doctors, in turn driving up costs to those in the private system. Physicians will reduce in numbers (with more people to care for) if they are getting reduced payments for everything they do. Medicaire may intrude less in some cases but it is at a cost that is unsustainable. If you put the entire HC system on a similar system you will either have increased rationed care or a bankrupted nation. Obama is not going to magically find “savings” or it would have already been done.

    I agree the current system doesn’t work as well as it should, but there are other ways to get the people back as the primary customer. I would love to be more in charge of my policy and where I could buy it. I would love to be able to keep it when I switch jobs. My company that provides me HC coverage at a cost doesn’t have my best interests at heart either.

  9. fbrewer

    fbrewer said, over 5 years ago

    a few points - I’ve worked around industrial machinery all my life. Thank you OSHA (government program) for helping me keep all my appendages. My employers sure never gave a rat’s patoot.

    I live 10 miles from the largest superfund site in the country (look it up). Thank you EPA (government program) for working to clean it up, and holding accountable the creators of the mess. Or does anyone think the Anaconda Company, that filed bankruptcy and dissolved itself as soon as the lawsuits started, would have offered to do anything?

    Best thing I’ve seen in months: We should impose a limit of two terms on all of Congress. One in office, one in jail.

  10. ezdeb

    ezdeb said, over 5 years ago

    good point, fbrewer. About government agencis, that is. Personally, I really like my elected rep; I don’t want him to go to jail!

  11. longtimecomicsfan

    longtimecomicsfan said, over 5 years ago

    My wife’s pre-existing condition is also covered through my employer’s insurance policies.

    She was, however, unable for years before we met to buy an insurance policy. If I ever become un-employed, or self-employed, or under-employed, neither of us will be able to buy coverage.

    Any good or service offered for profit is by definition rationed to those that can afford to pay the asking price. Home builders never have to give away houses to people who can’t pay, but hospitals always have to treat emergency cases.

    I know some would like to check the immigration and insurance status of unconscious accident victims, but even illegal immigrants deserve life-saving emergency care. We do that much and more for our convicted criminals.

    And we still think for-profit health care is a good thing.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    My “private” insurer takes up to three months to renew my prescriptions, and charges me a large copayment. My VA meds are free, and the VA pays less for drugs because they’re allowed to negotiate prices, which REPUBLICANS prohibited medicare from doing.

    “Not for profit” companies ALSO pay huge salaries and bonuses to their CEOs and staffs, that is how they remain “not for profit”.

    Government pay scales are set by Congress, to not exceed the pay of Congresspersons. The retiring CEO of GM earns many times the salary of the President of the United states ($400,000 per year) in BONUSES. Who says corporations do things cheaper than government? only mental defectives and those easily swayed by propaganda.

  13. deadheadzan

    deadheadzan GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    dtroutma, I agree and add that, unfortunately the mentally defective wing-nuts have been splendid and stupid minions for whoever (health care lobbyists) is getting them bussed to town hall and fed their “talking points”. I hope last night’s speech clarifies the need for true health care reform before more people are bankrupted or must endure life threatening illness due to a lack of affordable health care.

  14. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Amazing how Europe, Canada, Israel and a long list of nations manage to do what we say we can’t. We went to the moon and gosh, we just can’t manage affordable health-care.

  15. believecommonsense

    believecommonsense said, over 5 years ago

    wminfeld, I can share with you that some of my physicians (and others I’ve worked with in the past) say the opposite: that private insurers often pay less than Medicare. Physicians sometimes HAVE to sign a contract with the insurance co. or their patients won’t be able to continue to see them.

    In the city where I live, one insurance co. has about 75% of the privately insured market (because they’ve been chosen by the largest employers). That insurer offers lower costs to the employer because it squeezes physician and hospital payments. Some doctors originally wouldn’t sign a contract with the private insurer, but lost so many of their current patients that they did eventually sign.

    I worked for an acute care hospital in Sacramento for seven years, as a member of the senior management staff. At that time, the hospital preferred Medicare payments over many of the HMO patients whose insurer paid so little they frequently lost money when patients were hospitalized.

    A joke in the management staff was that we would lose money on each patient, but we’d make it up in volume.

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