Tom Toles for June 19, 2012

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    cjr53  over 11 years ago

    Looks a little fatal to me.

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    noktar Premium Member over 11 years ago

    Justice all over the World is in similar condition. Don’t worry

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    Nebulous Premium Member over 11 years ago

    So if the Government can’t force us to buy health insurance, how are the insurance companies going to afford to keep supporting their favorite congresscritters?

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    Justice22  over 11 years ago

    In another 200 years we will have caught up with the rest of the world in health care.

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    Don Winchester Premium Member over 11 years ago

    And if it goes YOUR way then you would certainly praise the Supreme Court. I bet you’re having wet dreams knowing how Obama is already planning on ignoring the ruling if it goes against him. And I also agree, grow up, when you call names you’re not taken seriously.

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    krisjackson01  over 11 years ago

    If the Supremes throw the health care law out (and just invalidating the mandate will basically do that) then we’re essentially without health care in this country, except for the rich. This will result in celebration throughout the land. “Yay! No health care!”

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    pam Miner  over 11 years ago

    I do hope they find this in favor of the American people. We need this. It has saved lives and helped people get needed health care. I guess republicans never have sick kids or get cancer. They seem to love to make the big rich companies richer. but it seems nuts. the rich are the people who don’t give out raises for work done well. Instead the put it in their own pockets.

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    Breeana  over 11 years ago

    From a local Dr. :

    Local commentary If Affordable Care Act is overturned, here’s what patients lose By Paul LaCasse By late June, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on multiple legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act. The end result could be all or parts of the law being struck down. My purpose here is not to enter the political fray on the act. Compelling arguments are made by reasonable people on both sides of the issue. Instead, as a physician and the CEO of a major metro Detroit hospital, it is important for patients and the community to understand how they will be affected if the law is overturned. Michigan hospitals are the largest health care providers and employers in the state, and we are committed to serving Michigan communities. The Affordable Care Act will have profound effects on the thousands of patients we serve daily. This list is not all inclusive and is not intended to be political. Rather, it factually presents the most important provisions of the act related to patient care that would end if the law is overturned. ! Young adults up to age 26 and people with pre-existing conditions who have been able to gain health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act would lose the coverage. In addition, many people would again face lifetime caps on what their insurer will pay for claims. ! Primary care physicians would not receive an increase in what they are being paid to treat Michigan’s Medicaid patients. Right now, about one in five Michigan residents (1.9 million people altogether) depend on Medicaid for their health care, but Medicaid reimburses physicians only about 61% of their costs. Under the Affordable Care Act, primary care physicians would receive more appropriate reimbursement levels. If the act is overturned, the state’s already severe shortage of primary care physicians would likely increase, thereby limiting access to care for all patients. ! The number of Michigan residents with no health insurance (about 1.3 million) would increase or remain largely unchanged. Under the Affordable Care Act, many of Michigan’s uninsured residents will qualify for Medicaid because of changes to eligibility standards, expanding coverage to hundreds of thousands. People without health insurance tend not to seek care until they are very ill, and that’s when the cost of care is higher. Often, they tend to seek care in hospital emergency rooms, even for minor illnesses, rather than primary care physician offices. Many uninsured patients do not pay their bills, which drives health care costs higher for people who have insurance and taxpayers. The state Senate Fiscal Agency estimates that the expansion of Medicaid required by the act would actually save Michigan taxpayers money because the federal government is covering nearly all of the costs of the expansion through 2020. ! If you have health insurance, you could lose free-of-charge services and medications designed to keep you healthier and to prevent illness. Under the Affordable Care Act, certain preventive care and some medications to keep patients healthy or healthier are offered free of charge. Without this required benefit of the act, many patients would skip regular tests or not fill needed prescriptions because they cannot afford the co-pay. People covered by Medicare are already enjoying preventive services without out-of-pocket expenses. Turning back the Affordable Care Act could repeal this assistance, which is already in place for senior citizens. ! DR. PAUL LACASSE IS PRESIDENT AND CEO OF BOTSFORD HEALTH CARE IN FARMINGTON HILLS.

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    Dtroutma  over 11 years ago

    Just got a call from our insurance company; they want my wife to change her medication, to “save money”, otherwise known as switching to a product THEY sell, and will make more money. Interesting that bond between insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies is much stronger than between doctor and patient. THAT is what “PRIVATE INSURERS” will be even better at if the health care bill is fully implemented, and it is the REPUBLICAN insertions in the bill doing that.

    YES, there needs to be change: #1 is to get a single payer system. #2 is to make medicare part D NEGOTIABLE ON PRICE FOR ALL PHARMACEUTICALS. #3 Insert a “review panel” of medical experts and patient ambundsmen to review ALL “malpractice” suits, and settle without going to a “jury trial” of ignorant publics instead of “trial by their peers”, which means only folks with medical knowledge can decide whether there was “malpractice”. NO pregnant woman should be promised a totally “healthy” baby,especially if she doesn’t follow any advice from a doctor, or see one until it’s too late. That is just ONE example!

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    Dtroutma  over 11 years ago

    ^EXACTlY, Rock! It’s all about keeing all that excess profit “in house”, and yes, it is OUR money they’re taking! Gee whiz, Bingo, my meds from VA cost me, well nothing, though “non-service connected” do pay copays, MUCH LOWER than from any private, or even FEHB plan. (And, because they negotiate prices, taxpayers pay less!!)

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    braindead Premium Member over 11 years ago

    I have every confidence that the Supremes will make a ‘fair and balanced’ decision.

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