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Tony Auth for March 29, 2012

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    rockngolfer  over 9 years ago

    Those Republican nominees that reasonable people feared are living up to their slimy reputation.

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    ARodney  over 9 years ago

    Wow, Mr Harley and Mr Who. It sure sucks to live in a society, doesn’t it?

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    SaltWaterCroc  over 9 years ago

    Strange analogy. In this state you are forced to have auto insurance (government mandate) to protect others from your wild driving. If you get hurt, and don’t have health insurance, you are on your own. Or, the taxpayers will subsidize your trip to the ER. But at least you won’t have the government mandating more broccoli. What hole did Scalia crawl out of?

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    fritzoid Premium Member over 9 years ago

    They can make me buy broccoli, but they can’t make me eat it.

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    braindead Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Simple solution: If uninsured/can’t pay, the ER does not have to take him. Dunno whether this is a state or federal requirment, but think of all the savngs.

    The Free Market in action.

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    Dtroutma  over 9 years ago

    The “interesting” misconception propagated in the ’toon is this: The OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of “motorcycle accidents” are CAUSED by automobile and to a less extent, truck drivers, MOWING THEM DOWN, or turning in front of them!

    Yes, motorcyclists ARE required to have insurance, and YES, helmets can save lives, but the REAL “savings” would be making sure that ALL auto drivers actually know how to drive, and are in suitable physical condition to do so.

    That is why “single payer”, or “no fault” health insurance makes more sense, with it being ADMINISTERED by NON-profit programs, not more cash profit for the insurance and “corporate medical” folks.

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    ray32648  over 9 years ago

    Wake up, Harley. The only insurance you have to have is on the OTHER GUY. What a maroon.

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    rowena28 Premium Member over 9 years ago

    This cartoon misinterprets Scalia’s point. He was suggesting that emergency rooms should not treat people who cannot afford to pay. In other words, his response to the argument that people w/o insurance cost the taxpayers’ money was to lift that burden from the taxpayers by no longer requiring ERs to treat those who cannot pay. What he overlooks is that every civilized country in the world requires that hospitals treat emergencies w/o regard to ability to pay. To no longer require this would make us barbaric & uncivilized.

    The U.S. is the only country in which people routinely use the ER for non-emergency care because they have no other option, which costs our taxpayers more than in other countries.

    Also, ER staff cannot always ascertain if someone can pay during an emergency situation. If the victim is, for example, unconscious, kinda hard to ask them if they have insurance.

    BTW, private hospitals are only required to stabilize someone without insurance, then they can transfer them to a public hospital.

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    Dtroutma  over 9 years ago

    Bruce: golly, we keep having things in common! Just using a scooter now, not a “real” bike, but son races sidecars, and rides a hornet on the street.

    BUT, I think you can also see my point that like bike riders, we in the disabled community also recognize most folks are the “temporarily able-bodied”, especially younger folks who think they’re invulnerable to disease or injury. It is EXACTLY for these folks who a “compulsory”, “single payer” system that DOES cover everyone at reasonable cost is what we need. As they contribute while “young and healthy” they’re building an account for when they may never know when they’ll need it, but often, sooner rather than later.

    I don’t like the mandate to PURCHASE PRIVATE policies though, as there are MUCH more economical ways to go.

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    Dtroutma  over 9 years ago

    My “cheap” group health care plan premium is $438 per MONTH. All the Republicans want to give is a “credit” for up to wow, maximum of $2,000 per YEAR to buy PRIVATE non-group insurance for their families. Hint: do the MATH!

    “Single Payer” premiums are projected to be only half, or less what I’m paying now. Might be “affordable”?

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    Call me Ishmael  over 9 years ago

    what idiot would ride a motorcycle without insurance – mandated or not?

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    ShirleyJOsborn  over 9 years ago

    Trip to ER $5000.00

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    derlehrer  over 9 years ago

    I am compelled to reply, because I see many “non sequitur” arguments in this thread.When I examine the post by Eryx, I see that he says: “In the case of healthcare insurance, the treatment of the uninsured drives up the cost of the average premium by about $1000 per year.”This statement has been deliberately misconstrued (or perhaps falsely interpreted because of an innate lack of understanding) with this statement: “… if I didn’t have to carry uninsured motorist coverage, the insurance company would be giving me my coverage for free.”WHA-A-A-A-T? How does one get to that conclusion?This diversion worked for some of the less-able mentalities — and the discussion took a tangent from HEALTH insurance to AUTO (or MOTORCYCLE) insurance, including “no-fault”! It appears that some minds are so restricted (constricted?) that they are unable to differentiate between logic and nonsense: one-track minds that somehow became derailed. Pity.

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    derlehrer  over 9 years ago

    ^ROTFLMAO!!!Good post — but why stop there? Police, Fire Department, Federal Highways, ad infinitum.

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