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  1. tiredofit

    tiredofit said, 7 months ago

    I don’t understand this. The money from Medicare will never be given to the patients to spend on whatever they want. Just because there is less for providers does not mean that there will be manna for the patients. It’s still a fee for service program.

  2. Steam  Vapor

    Steam Vapor said, 7 months ago

    You misunderstand this. On the left the money is being vacuumed up from the patients as insurance premiums and copays. On the right the providers get a little of it but most of it just disappears into the pockets of the insurance companies.

  3. Rymlianin

    Rymlianin said, 7 months ago

    Single-payer is the only way to go.

  4. Donald Williams

    Donald Williams said, 7 months ago

    @Rymlianin

  5. lifebyc

    lifebyc said, 7 months ago

    @Rymlianin

    You’re probably right, but we’ll have to stumble our way there over a decade. Too much stereotyping against “socialism.” Folks don’t realize that Medicare, Veteran’s benefits, etc. ALREADY ARE socialized medicine. It works. Look at the rest of the civilized world. And look at what we pay and what we get for it. So sad. I got sick in a European country once. Doc patched me up, took the equivalent of $20 and put it directly in his wallet. The rest was covered by the state. Soooo nice.

  6. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 7 months ago

    “You are all full of herbivore exhaust.”

    If you have an counterpoint to add to the discussion, present it.

  7. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, 7 months ago

    @Rymlianin

    Why? Please explain.

  8. pirate227

    pirate227 said, 7 months ago

    @Steam Vapor

    All of the old folks have smiles on their faces so, it looks like they are getting the money to buy services that providers get little of.

  9. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 7 months ago

    Single payer is the way to go. The VA system also has lower “overhead”, and they pay less than 10% on most drugs of what “open market” is, and even less than that "no bargaining’ the Republicans pushed through for Medicare. For the first time I got my hearing aids through VA, and my audiologist (of some 20 years) was paid to fit and adjust them, while VA paid less for both than what he would pay, at his cost for ONE of them!


    Such economies ARE the way things should work, and trust me, the pharmaceutical and medical appliance industry still won’t go broke, by a long shot! Which, how come you can buy AMERICAN MADE drugs from a Canadian pharmacy for far less than in the states, and yet those suppliers AND the drug makers, still make good profits?

  10. Gary Kleppe

    Gary Kleppe said, 7 months ago

    @SkepticCal

    Just about every other country has figured out that “every man for himself” is not a sustainable approach to health care. No matter how good the economy is, if you’re unlucky enough to be in the sickest 5-10% of the population that need the highest level of care, and assuming you don’t happen to be in possession of Pete Peterson-level wealth, you’re unlikely to be able to pay for it, especially since you being on your own means you’re pretty much at their mercy since you’re not really in a position to shop around when you’re that ill.

    Every man for himself in health care makes about as much sense as the idea that everyone should buy his own roads. It’s like expecting that everyone should contract for fire protection in the event that his or her house starts burning. At that point you aren’t really in a favorable negotiating position.

  11. algurka

    algurka GoComics PRO Member said, 7 months ago

    Since the people on the right have their collars up on their jackets (like they’re being sucked upward), and they’re not reaching up for that dollar, I read this as their money is being sucked up into the system while it’s being showered down on the people on the left, but I couldn’t understand how one dollar would turn into so many. Must be that gov’t “efficiency” we hear so much about.

  12. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, 7 months ago

    One of these days people will understand medical care is not a competitive market. It tough to pick the best provider when you are riding in the ambulance, “Socialized” systems elsewhere in the world provide better results at less cost. All you have to do is look at the corporate campuses of insurance companies to know where our premiums end up.

  13. Larry

    Larry said, 7 months ago

    @algurka

    It is the artist’s burden to make the point clear.
    Auth should have put motion lines on the bills.

  14. wbr

    wbr said, 7 months ago

    $$$ now being spent on left and $$$ that will be around in future

  15. echoraven

    echoraven said, 7 months ago

    @Ted Lind

    “Socialized” systems elsewhere in the world provide better results at less cost. All you have to do is look at the corporate campuses of insurance companies to know where our premiums end up."
    .
    Many good points, my question about single payer relates to the tax rate. Every country (that i know of) that has single payer, their taxes rates dwarf ours. If that is what is to be expected can this country bear that kind of burden?

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