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Michael Ramirez for August 04, 2019

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member over 1 year ago

    May someone explain why public healthcare works at a good level here in Europe while in USA is so contested ? . Too many conflict of interest ?

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    Say What Now‽ Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Last year I had cataract surgery. It cost me a whopping $40 for eye drops. But what do I know? I’m just a Canadian.

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    Gypsy8  over 1 year ago

    The pharmacist should go back to school. The issue is not just the high cost of healthcare, which it is, but what is the most efficient and cost-effective way of delivering effective and affordable healthcare to the masses. It is not the present healthcare system, which at $10,000 per capita is the highest in the developed world.

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    ccomebacktour  over 1 year ago

    All that yet we are DEVELOPED, as you say .

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    dshans  over 1 year ago

    Wake up, people. Medicare is a basic platform to provide funding for health care. It does not provide health care. That is the purview of doctors, nurses, hospitals, clinics, et al. Those who feel the need (and can afford) there are supplemental plans aplenty. Replacing premiums paid to support CEOs and management of lord knows how many private insurers, paid for by employers and employees with a single payer plan would save untold millions. FICA is Federal INSURANCE CONTRIBUTIONS Act, not a freebie or handout. As with any insurance program, the idea is to pool funds with the intention of aiding those in need.Hell, I paid auto and home owners insurance for more decades than I care to recount without drawing a penny from either, but I paid the premiums. Something of a “fingers crossed” bet.While reservations of a government bureaucracy may be well founded, is lining the pockets of a few, diverting millions upon millions from actual health CARE preferable?

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    Stephen Runnels  over 1 year ago

    Go cash that check from the insurance lobby, Ramirez.

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    suzalee  over 1 year ago

    Does he think that medical care is not costing us anything now? Many people can’t afford medical care or medication. Those who can afford it pay dearly for it. Americans pay more for medical care than any other country, and still some of us are not covered.

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    Ignatz Premium Member over 1 year ago

    We are NOW spending more than ANY COUNTRY ON EARTH for health care, and getting LOUSY results.

    And the 32.6 trillion is a fake number, since it assumes that what it costs NOW will still be the cost, just paid by the Government. In reality, it will be FAR CHEAPER. Because private insurance companies are GOUGING us.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member over 1 year ago

    We need that money for useless wars.

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    Zebrastripes  over 1 year ago
    Yep! A bandaid! A temporary fix……god help us all.
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    BubbleTape Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Michael, don’t you ever get tired of all the lying or are really that stupid?

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    NeoconMan  over 1 year ago

    Ramirez thinks that Americans aren’t bright enough to put in a program that is successful in all other countries.

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    DrDon1  over 1 year ago

    Tragically, another ‘mindless’ distortion from Ramirez, illustrating that he doesn’t understand the health care issue in America!

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    ideations  over 1 year ago

    Medicare for “all” is way down the road.

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    NobodyAwesome Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Out of curiosity, is there a republican solution to healthcare issues in this country? The costs are too high, the coverage is very inconsistent, the prices are all over the map and no one tells you in advance what the costs would be. The private healthcare industry has done well in terms of profits, but has failed to provide better healthcare.

    So, again Mr. Ramirez, please enlighten us on how you propose to provide better health coverage?

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    Pickled Pete  over 1 year ago

    Seriously though, how is it that here in Canada we import many of our medical drugs from you guys down there, …then turn around and are able to ship them back to you at a profit….the average consumer, that is…..at a fraction of what you’d be paying for it there?…(if this sounds confusing, it’s because it is)

    Gotta be something wrong with this picture!

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    magicwalnut Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I’ve been getting my prescriptions from Canada for ten years. My savings have been astronomical!

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    6.6TA Premium Member over 1 year ago

    In the meanwhile, the medical “industry” is actively moving to a monetization of America’s health care system. That giant sucking sound will be heard every time any of us (i.e. the inferior 99.99%) have a health incident.

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    #Rad-ish  Premium Member over 1 year ago

    More right wing lies. Uncaring Republicans have no plan at all.

    Republicans would rather the American people go bankrupt over medical bills.

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    Gypsy8  over 1 year ago

    Cost of the US Healthcare system about $10,000 per capita, Or 17.8% of GDP and millions are not covered; cost of Healthcare in Canada approximately $6,500 per capita or 11.2% of GDP and all are covered automatically from birth. Canadians have a life expectancy of about three years longer than Americans. I’m a 78 year old male in relatively good health but being treated for prostate cancer. In the last 20 years I’ve used the services of one GP, two surgeons, two urologists, one dermatologist, and their various support personnel. Cost to me about zilch other than the income tax that I’ve already paid. The healthcare system seems to want to keep me alive, functioning and paying income tax which I do, and which I’m all in favor of. I also maintain a good independent lifestyle.

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    TLH1310 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    We have to “Break” the current system, before we implement the new system. I know everyone says it’s already broken, but in addition to changing the way payments are made (Destroy the insurance industry),and revamping with the tax system, we also will change how treatment decisions are made. Between rationing elective care, to changing the patient/nurse/doctor ratios. There’s a lot more involve than just saying we’re going to fix the system, that’s just the start. Heaven help those that are lost in the transition.

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    Spock  over 1 year ago

    So, the Scandinavian countries or Germany should be totally ruined.

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    braindead Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Just another LIE by a Trump Disciple cartoonist.

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    OldCoal  over 1 year ago

    Given the alternative cost is 36 trillion, I’LL TAKE IT! ABSOLUTELY! HERE YA GO!

    https://www.mercatus.org/system/files/blahous-costs-medicare-mercatus-working-paper-v1_1.pdf

    A Koch funded report. Page 18.

    Table 2 summarizes the financial effects of the M4A bill over its first 10 years of fullimplementation, which would be 2022 through 2031 if enacted in 2018. One striking findingevident in the table is that, even under the assumption that provider payments for treatingpatients now covered by private insurance are reduced by over 40 percent, aggregate health expenditures remain virtually unchanged: national personal healthcare costs decrease by less than 2 percent, while total health expenditures decrease by only 4 percent, even after assuming substantial administrative cost savings. The additional healthcare demand that arises from eliminating copayments, providing additional categories of benefits, and covering the currently uninsured nearly offsets potential savings associated with cutting provider payments and achieving lower drug costs

    EVEN A RIGHT WING FANATIC PAID FOR PAPER ADMITS THAT TOTAL COST WOULD BE REDUCED AND EVERYONE WOULD BE COVERED. IT SAVES 4% TO COVER EVERYONE!

    Three cheers and a TIGER!

    “total health expenditures decrease by only 4 percent” – ONLY, ONLY – ROFLMAO! That would, of course, be the first DECREASE IN THIS CENTURY AND FOR DECADES PRIOR INTO THE LAST ONE!

    Even the right has trouble not telling the truth once in a while. ROFLMAO!

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    Pat Towey Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Is this the ACA improvement the repubs have been promising for so long?

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    walfishj  over 1 year ago

    As usual, Ramirez can’t stop being a GOP Flack.

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    kentmarx36  over 1 year ago

    This is pure propaganda from the insurance companies and the RepubliCONS. Their biggest concern is that the insurance company executives won’t be able to buy multi- million dollar homes and the RepubliCONS will lose their campaign contributions.

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    Retired engineer  over 1 year ago

    “Will you take the $35 trillion I was going to pay for private health insurance in exchange?”.

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    tompet46  over 1 year ago

    Capitalism working at it’s best! /s

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    hwolfe22  over 1 year ago

    Another Republican lie. This one is a lie of omission. Yes medicare for all will cost about $32T over a ten year span. What they conveniently forget to mention is that the current system will cost about $34T over that same span.

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    evanmarhews  over 1 year ago

    how about using the grossly inflated numbers and being honest for once

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    Concretionist  over 1 year ago

    The Koch Brothers paid for some research to prove that single payer would cost too much. They found out that it would cost a huge amount over the next 10 years. But some $billions less than what we have costs.

    That is the cost to all of our society. It would help the less well to do, and hurt (a little bit) the 1%. So of course it’s impossible to implement.

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    Daeder  over 1 year ago

    Let’s see…what am I in the mood for today?…..I think I’d like a supersized double order of BS with a side of propaganda and wash it down with a gallon of ignorance flavored Kool-aid! Now where can I get that? Oh hey, thanks Mike! This cartoon is just what I wanted!

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    Dapperdan61  Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Uh Ramirez the average American isn’t paying that amount. The 1 Percent will get their taxes raised to pay for it. Payback is coming in next years Election

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    Bigmack Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Does Ramirez ALWAYS lie? Why, yes… he does.

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