Stilton’s Place

Stilton’s Place

Pre-existing Political Conditions

So, why are there two cartoons today instead of just one? Because we’re sick (not in the demented sense, which is sort of our day-to-day normal, but in the coughing, hacking, and spraying phlegm sense) and we honestly don’t know if either cartoon will connect, so we thought we’d throw them both out there and hope for the best.

Personally, we have a fondness for the ducks (who haven’t appeared here since 2013) and the solidly constructed comedic phrase “Aunt Edna’s schnozz.” But then again, we’ve coughed ourselves into a concussion and may be judgement impaired.

We don’t have a lot to say about the passage of the GOP Health Insurance bill just yet, although we think that the DrudgeReport got waaaaaaaaaay ahead of themselves by declaring that this means Obamacare has been repealed. Not hardly, folks.

Moreover, we don’t really have a firm grasp of what’s contained in the House bill, and how much it might change in the Senate. We do know that the bill throws roughly $138 billion into helping make sure that people with pre-existing conditions can get insurance as the market “stabilizes.”

Although to our ears, that simply sounds like propping up the system with taxpayer cash (unavoidable after Obamacare) until a future date – at which point people who have deliberately not insured themselves will finally and inevitably suffer the dire consequences of their poor decision making skills. Only we all know that will never happen.

In the classic sense, real “insurance” can’t co-exist with a mandate to accept people with pre-existing conditions without charging them higher rates…at least, not in the long run. The GOP bill attempts to remedy this by re-establishing high risk pools which taxpayers will help fund – but in the end, the health insurance system will have to be either market driven or government driven, not both. We’re hoping that yesterday’s vote will be a step in the right direction.

And we’d say more, only now we’re coughing flecks of lung tissue on our computer screen and having no real success wiping them off with the tiny (but numerous) wax paper wrappers from our extra-menthol cough drops.

Cough drops we damn well paid for ourselves.

No, the irony isn’t lost on us.


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