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Tony Auth

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  1. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 10 months ago

    @ansonia

    “She’s going to die in the emergency room from having to fill out all the paperwork before she can be treated.”

    True, but not new. I have a friend whose daughter fell and hit her head on the corner of a coffee table. Being a Sunday afternoon, they headed to the nearest ER, where—between paperwork and not being able to contact the “primary care provider”—her father, watching her continuing to bleed profusely, promised to pay cash if that’s what it took to save his daughter’s life.

    That true story happened twenty years ago.

  2. Tigger

    Tigger GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    Must be Chicago

  3. Tigger

    Tigger GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @parkerfuffle

    Because by Federal Law they’re required to treat you 1st. That was a pre-existing condition and you were not denied health care

  4. Enoki

    Enoki said, 10 months ago

    This one is just rude. It is insulting to gun owners, it is insuting to those opposed to Obamacare for whatever reason, and it is in incredibly bad taste given what that insane nut job did at the Washington Navy Yard last week.

    I can’t give this enough thumbs down.

  5. CasualBrowser

    CasualBrowser GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @Enoki

    “It is insulting to gun owners”
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    I’m a gun owner, and I don’t feel the slightest bit insulted. Perhaps you’re too sensitive.

  6. mskemple

    mskemple said, 10 months ago

    @parkerfuffle

    Extreme medical care the way it is meant to work. I’ve had the same thank god, or I would not be here to bitch. Every life is worth saving , no matter the cost or contribution!

  7. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, 10 months ago

    @David

    Republicans prefer outdated and outmoded technology, like revolvers.

  8. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, 10 months ago

    @Tigger

    “Because by Federal Law they’re required to treat you 1st. That was a pre-existing condition and you were not denied health care.”


    The quintessential “unfunded mandate.” Who else is in private business is required by law to provide an expensive service or product without, perhaps, any prospect of payment?


    This, of course, only applies to emergencies. The medical profession is under no legal obligation to provide service or treatment to anybody until it is a immanently life-threatening condition. And by that time treatment is at its most expensive, and often too late. By the time the respiration stops or the heart begins to fail, it is too late. They can certainly refuse to treat chronic, not-immediately-life-threatening conditions. They can certainly refuse to treat degenerative diseases while they are still treatable.

    People die in this country every day because they cannot afford timely treatment or consultation and try to “tough it out”. People die in this country every day because they can’t afford (or are afraid of the expense of) the kind of maintenance care that the rest of us take for granted.

    But Tigger is correct that emergency services are required by law (big bad government) to stop the bleeding, even if the bleeder is broke. And pass the costs along to others. In that sense, we have long had a kind of universal health insurance: the most inefficient, ineffective, and inequitable sort imaginable. But any attempt to make it more efficient, effective, or equitable is immediately and automatically opposed.

  9. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, 10 months ago

    Just about every single part of the ACA is approved of by a considerable majority of Americans. They are more suspicious of the whole owing to (1) conservative lies and misinformation, (2) conservative attempts to sabotage the law and prevent it from working, and (3) genuine problems and complexities within the system that will inevitably lead to unforeseen, unintended, and undesirable consequences.

    ObamaCare is better than conservative IDontCare, as the bumper stickers say. But it aint perfect, far from it. For example, the penalty for being a deadbeat, gaming the system, gambling with your health and other people’s money and generosity, is too small to prevent a wide-spread avoidance of the establishment of buying insurance as a civic responsibility, part of your duty to your country. (Why are conservatives so quick to talk about patriotism and duty, and slow to actually accept any responsibility to DO anything for their country?)

  10. MrSmee

    MrSmee GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    If the Republican Congressmen and Senators were really so much against government funded health care, then why don’t they all give up THEIR free health care packages as part of the legislative body. Not to mention all the other government perks! Until they do – they are simply a bunch of complete hypocrites – but we already knew that, didn’t we?

  11. mskemple

    mskemple said, 10 months ago

    @Doughfoot

    Dam straight we do , no cartridges being ejected for anyone to trace!

  12. Kylop

    Kylop said, 10 months ago

    Tony, their fantasy ends in half the country dead or leaving and its their choice of which

  13. Anthony 2816

    Anthony 2816 GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    Could the righties on here explain these things for me, so I can understand your position better?

    1. Why do you want insurance companies to be able to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions?

    2. Why is it bad to require insurance companies to spend at least 80% of insurance premiums on actual health care, as opposed to executive salaries and bonuses?

    3. Why is it bad for dependents to be able to stay on their parents’ policy until age 26, instead of making them get more expensive care at a younger age?

    4. Why do you like lifetime insurance caps?

    5. Why is it better to have millions of people uninsured who then use emergency rooms for routine care, costing far more?

    Thanks in advance for explaining these things, so we can understand why you hate Obamacare so much.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 10 months ago

    Using Emergency Srvs as a catch all is both inefficient, and wasteful.
    • Costs are at their highest.
    • People go as a last measure so they will have more costly treatment and may die because of waiting.

  15. Anthony 2816

    Anthony 2816 GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @DrCanuck

    “a time I was lecturing in an Iowa university”

    Lecturing on what? What’s your job and area of interest? I’ve often wondered…

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