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KC's picture

Is this supposed to be a

Is this supposed to be a positive or negative post?

My medical technology that I use falls in retail price falls in price and my co-pay doubles from $1K to $2K.

This is good?

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metulj's picture

You can choose a different

You can choose a different healthcare company with a better copay structure. Neat, huh?

KC's picture

One's deductible is as bad as

One's deductible is as bad as one's co-pay.

metulj's picture

I just moved to the

I just moved to the Massachusetts GIC Indemnity plan with my new job. No co-pays. All meds $5. $750 per head deductible. $1500 deductible max. $621 a month covering 5 people. $20000 lifetime out of pocket cap.

oldnorthknoxhippy's picture

WBIR reported this morning

WBIR reported this morning that haslam will propose expanding Medicaid this fall. Maybe the SPLC's lawsuit against Tennessee has lit a fire under his ass.

metulj's picture

Yup. Haslam's lawyers took

Yup. Haslam's lawyers took one look at the SPLC's suit and know they are going to lose. They sure as hell don't want discovery on the internal communications about the politics of killing citizens of TN as a springboard to whatever Haslam thinks his next position is.

Here's a riff:

Haslam: Well, what's the blowback of not expanding?
Staff Member: Um, probably 3000 avoidable deaths.
Haslam: Can we handle that politically?
Staff Member: It will play well to our base if it is the right people, if not, we could be in trouble. But then again, we can blame the boss (ed note. Ron Ramsey), and still get some deniability.
Haslam: Cool. Bring me my Tab and a grilled cheese.

KC's picture

Political calculation to try

Political calculation to try to put him over as a new "compassionate" conservative for 2016.

Die-hard liberals will continue to let him screw teachers and other working Tennesseans as long as he expands Medicaid. He'll keep the country club republicans, but lose the other conservatives. But it's all for 2016, don't kid yourself.

Stick's picture

Dear Lawd...

Why do you frequent a "progressive citizen media" website to complain about "die-hard liberals"? Can't you hang out with Hornback or something?

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oldnorthknoxhippy's picture

It's looking like the Halbig

It's looking like the Halbig v Burwell lawsuit is the right wing's best chance of killing Obamacare. Ted Cruz will keep trying to rally his troops, but he's a showboat & an idiot.

metulj's picture

They can't kill Obamacare.

They can't kill Obamacare. They can only whittle away at parts that merely make the case for single-payer nationalized healthcare.

oldnorthknoxhippy's picture

If the Supremes rule in favor

If the Supremes rule in favor of Halbig then people in the 36 states using would lose their subsidies, making healthcare unaffordable in those 36 states. Could be the end of Obamacare. Hopefully the Supreme Court won't hear the case.

KC's picture

Single payer is great until

Single payer is great until the realization strikes it may not cover what you need, when you need it.

metulj's picture

Ah, that old saw. Please do

Ah, that old saw. Please do foist some unsubstantiated horror story from Britain.

KC's picture

An old saw will still

An old saw will still cut.

Not unsubstantiated and closer to home.


fischbobber's picture


Like what?

(Hint) Universal single payer are the key words here.

KC's picture

Liberals are in as starry

Liberals are in as starry eyed, worshipful admiration of the two terms "single payer" or "universal coverage" as many conservatives are with "pro-life."

When you get in the realities of it though, you may have a much different feeling than what you expected. Nothing could be "universal."

It is almost a sham.

R. Neal's picture

Medicare seems to be working

Medicare seems to be working out pretty great for the highest cost pool.

burgers, bullets and batsh!t crazy's picture

Deep thoughts from Keeping CrZy KC

"When you get in the realities of it though, you may have a much different feeling than what you expected. Nothing could be 'universal.'"

Damn that's some deep shit right thar'! Sounds like KC is a cross between Stephen Hawking and Jase Robertson, sorta black duck dynasty hole. I mean wow... We're stunned, shocked and most importantly convinced that yes!, although we are the last advanced economy with universal for-profit health care, we need more of it, because KrayCee posted some shit about red insulin herring pumps in Canada! Awesome, we look forward to reading your embedded journalist deep thoughts from Marklevineabad, Glenbeckistan where the bitches stay in the kitchen, the gays are taught better, and the poors get the shaft for their own good.

Because when we get to the realities of it though, we may have a much different feeling about a lot because KrayCee brings it, like Wendell Potter...

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What you said.

KC's picture

Your silly, personal attack

Your silly, personal attack just proves I touched a nerve.

I didn't say repeal Obamacare. Nor did I say it all won't work.

Your inability to defend even some parts of it though shows what is often wrong with both the right...and the left. And that's the failure to see reality without it being blocked by your subservience to ideology.

metulj's picture

Your linking to easily

Your linking to easily dismissed talking points doesn't help you. What's next? Death Panels?

oldnorthknoxhippy's picture

The pro-life crowd doesn't

The pro-life crowd doesn't give a damn what happens to a newborn baby once it leaves the mother's womb.

Knoxgal's picture

Life begins

Life begins at conception and ends at birth

oldnorthknoxhippy's picture

You got that right!

You got that right!

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