Superman supports health care and welfare!

Glenn Hauman

Glenn is VP of Production at ComicMix. He has written Star Trek and X-Men stories and worked for DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, Random House, arrogant/MGMS and Apple Comics. He's also what happens when a Young Turk of publishing gets old.

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138 Responses

  1. Ebony14 says:

    I remember seeing another Superman strip where he performed the valuable service of demolishing slum tenements, which means that he also was at the whims of absentee landlords who were forcing people out of older buildings so they could renovate the property to make it more profitable.

  2. Brian Alvey says:

    Who doesn't look forward to the day when all Americans can have basic medical, dental and vision?Preferably x-ray vision, but we'll settle for heat.

    • Linda Gold says:

      Apparently lots more than you would think-see below.

    • Anonymous says:

      Gee, I'm with you. I think we should invite more "illegals" into America. I am for at least 1 billion people in North America, how about you? I think that will make our rivers clean, our oceans safe and our farming lands reproduce even more crops! Then, once we have at least another 500 million illegal aliens, SuperManHoldren can sterilize all the water so they can't have anymore babies! Weeee weeeeed up baby!Then, SuperMan O can ship out SuperMan Holdren to sterilize water around the world! Weeee weeeeeed up baby! LOL… what a bunch of idiots. Keep on tokin that crack pipe hippies.

    • Anonymous says:

      I have all that but i work two jobs to have good insurance .When I needed help with a little bit of foodstamps the big goverment said i made too much money i would love to have that money that goverment said I made too much of … I would havea big flat screen tv new clothes ….. But oh no you maked to much money.Mr Superman I guess I'm toooooo poor are toooo rich mmmmmmmmm

  3. Russ Rogers says:

    Where's Superman's birth certificate? I heard Krypton exploded because of an "End of Life Directive" gone horribly wrong! Isn't Superman advocating Socialism? I don't think we should even have Social Studies in schools! Sure Superman, you want to protect us all under your RED cape! Ha! Facist, Picko, Death-Eater! This was published in the adventures of Bob HOPE! That's right, HOPE and CHANGE! What a joke! And look what happened to Bob Hope! That's right, he's dead.

    • Anonymous says:

      Death Eater? Like… as in the Harry Potter series? If only people like you actually involved in politics. If you were a member of Congress, we could finally get that Anti-Muggle act passed.

      • Russ Rogers says:

        Hey Anonymous, this was my first posting on what was to become a very long and involved debate on the state of Health Care and the need for Health Care Reform in our country. I was trying to mock the name calling that the Conservative fringe had taken to opposing Health Care Reform. Calling someone a "Death-Eater" seems less strident that saying that they want to impose Nazi Eugenics Death Panels. Oh well. Sarcastic ironic exaggeration is hard to portray when kooks have seriously taken their rhetoric SO far out from reality.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Of course, the earliest published version of Superman would probably have learned that Mr. Stanton keeps all of his money in a vault within his estate, would have torn the vault out bodily and would have made a donation to the hospital in Stanton's name.

  5. Steve Chaput says:

    I always had the pajama clad buffoon pegged as a socialist! Who else would wear his underwear over his pants?

  6. Steve Chaput says:

    Always had the pajama clad buffoon pegged as a socialist. A real American wouldn't wear his underwear over his pants!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Utterly brilliant. Thanks for finding this.

  8. Anonymous says:

    So…… Back in 1952, comic book creators were left wing nutjobs who supported bloated, big government programs that cost the tax payers a lot of money and did an incredibly poor job of serving those in need compared to their nongovernment counterparts. Nothing's changed in 50 years. Government's still growing, and comic books are still created, by and large, by left wing nut jobs. All hail, Obama!!! Savior of us all!(By the by, Supes isn't talking about Obamacare here. Back in the 1950's, people couldn't fathom that we'd one day become so stupid that we'd want government to take over and run our health care system. Oooooops. Wait a second. We don't. Nobody buys into the snake oil that Obama's selling.)(Well, almost nobody. But Superman would be pissed.)

  9. Anonymous says:

    The crux of the matter is that, sure, it's nice to take care of people who can't take care of themselves, but welfare and health care are not and never have been within the scope of the constitutional bounds of the federal government. If it is to be, it is a matter for the states to administer individually. It's also a matter of liberty. Taking my money by compulsion to give to someone else NOT of my choosing, for whatever reason, is a violation of my right to self-determination.

    • Sean D. Martin says:

      Taking my money by compulsion to give to someone else NOT of my choosing, for whatever reason, is a violation of my right to self-determination.So you're opposed to ALL taxes then?

    • Russ Rogers says:

      Let's quote the Constitution. "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."I think Healthcare falls under the category of "Promote the General Welfare." For that matter, so does "Welfare." You can't have liberty or the pursuit of happiness if you don't first have LIFE. And Healthcare is not a luxury that only the rich should be able to afford, it's a necessity for LIFE. And so, the government needs to protect and promote that general welfare. The government was actually founded with those specific goals in mind.The FDA works at keeping your food and drugs safe. What? Why that's part of our already socialized healthcare system! We already have many, many institutions and programs of socialized healthcare in the United States. But the system is so hodgepodge that millions of people fall through the cracks. And it's wastefully inefficient and woefully expensive to the point of being cost prohibitive for a large percentage of people.We PAY like twice as much for healthcare as almost any other industrialized nation. Do you know what we get for those extra dollars spent? The 35th highest life expectancy in the world! So YOU are paying TOP dollar and getting not even second rate healthcare, but 35th rate. Enjoy your self-determination as you pay through the nose for what! Millions declare bankruptcy because of medical bills that they can't afford to pay. Who absorbs those costs? We all do! And it's a damned inefficient way to run a healthcare system, ruining people's lives.For example, relatively small investments in preventative healthcare (like making sure everyone has access to flu vaccine) can mean billions of dollars saved in treatment costs later, and billions and billions of dollars in higher productivity (that's more money for EVERYBODY, including taxes) because workers wouldn't be sick and off the job as much. And getting nearly everyone vaccinated can help prevent epidemics even pandemics. That keeps EVERYBODY healthier. Y'know, the General Welfare, what's good for everybody? When was the last time you had a nightmare about getting polio or small pox? Thank Governmental (Socialized?) Healthcare programs that you don't have those fears.The government takes your money and redistributes it all the time. But you DO get to choose how each and every dollar is spent. You get to elect Representatives who enact laws that determine how that money is spent. It's called Representative Democracy and it's how We the People determine what will happen with our money. You can claim that any law you disagree with is a violation of your right to self-determination, but then you might sound like an anarchist or just a loon.Right now, I'm hoping our representatives can figure out some methods of healthcare reform. I hope that includes, at a minimum, a public option for healthcare insurance.

    • chris stehlik says:

      How do you explain Medicare or the VA?You have a right to self determination, if you don't like the laws enacted in this country, you can work to change them or leave.

  10. Ray Cornwall says:

    Is that Plastino or Boring?

  11. Dan says:

    The artist is Win Mortimer.

  12. Christopher Butcher says:

    Actually, Superman is a naturalized American Citizen.

  13. Eddie says:

    Hey kids! Let's brush asside any substanative debate about a complex social issue! Instead let's equivicate debate and dissagreement with the most offensive extremist we can find! That way we don't have substantiate our claims, validate our logic, or apply our proposals to real world examples! Remember kids that unquestioning acceptance of our leaders is the only real way to help people in your community!

  14. Anonymous says:

    I am always pleased to find I agree with Superman. It's probably good for my health – I'm told he can be, well, sort of a dick sometimes.

  15. jimmy says:

    For a right-wing spin: HC is guaranteed, why isn't food? Why doesn't the government just subsidize the entire food industry and ration it…wouldn't that guarantee everyone gets the same quality, promoting equality? (all except for the politburo, I mean Congress)

    • Russ Rogers says:

      Jimmy, Healthcare ISN'T guaranteed now. That's the problem. There are millions of people who go uninsured. So comparing Healthcare to Food is a bit of a stretch. Right now, 15.9% of Americans go uninsured and the numbers are growing. If 15.9% of Americans were starving to death, wouldn't you expect the Government to do something about it? If 15.9% of Americans were starving, trust me, you would see some rationing going on. Or you would see rioting, take your pick.But you act as if there are NO government programs that subsidize the food industry. Quite the opposite. Agriculture is one of the most HIGHLY subsidized businesses in America: from Milk to Sugar to Corn. So the government is already paying a lot of YOUR food bill, Jimmy. [Shh. Your food is being subsidized, does that mean it's SOCIALIZED? Oh NO!] On top of that, you act like there aren't already a host of governmental programs designed to combat hunger. There are many. These programs don't promote equality. Not everybody gets to eat the same things. But they do promote the idea that everyone should have at least enough to survive. And more money is funneled to big business to subsidize food production than food assistance and welfare programs.Jimmy, my guess is that your tax dollars pay for your local fire department? Why is that? At one time in America, if you wanted a fire company to put out a fire at your house, you had to contract with a LOCAL FIRE COMPANY, a private business. People had individual contracts and there were competing fire companies. Doesn't competition lower prices? Why don't we have that system anymore? Why did the government feel it necessary to take over the running of perfectly legitimate private businesses and have SOCIALIZED fire coverage? Because it was a dreadfully inefficient way to handle fire prevention! If you had a fire, you had to remember that you were covered and by which company. What if a fire started at your house and spread to your neighbor's house, who was uninsured or worse insured by a different fire company? In short, a system of private competing fire companies didn't work. The system was inefficient and dangerous. Towns found out it was much safer and cheaper to pool their resources and hire just ONE company, or better yet just start their own. Because covering everybody for fire prevention makes everybody safer, both the rich and the poor (who might not be able to afford it at all). The same is true for health coverage, where pandemics have the potential to spread like wildfires.But the current government health care reform plan doesn't socialize medicine. The current plan isn't even to have a subsidized public medical insurance plan. The current plan to is have a competing, self-sufficient medical insurance plan that would make the essentials of healthcare affordable for everyone. The public option would provide an agency that could compete with private insurance, forcing them to be more competitive and fair. The public option would provide a large base that could negotiate prices for drugs and medical coverage.If you think your healthcare insurance program is better, keep it! Nobody will stop you. If your private healthcare insurance is better than the public option, good for you! Nobody will be coming around to make sure that it's no better, that we have perfect equality or rationing. This public option for health insurance would be similar to our current postal system. The US Post Office is supposed to be a self sufficient, publicly owned business. And for the most part, it is. This doesn't stop UPS, Federal Express or other delivery services from competing in the marketplace. But, it does mean that almost everyone in the US has access to at least the affordable public option of mail delivery. Sometime UPS can deliver a better product and you are free to use their services.So stop trying to muddy the waters by implying that a public option for health insurance will lead toward the rationing of food or a radical shift in our system of governance. And whoever Jim Treacher is, his scare tactics about the current healthcare proposals leading to a system of eugenics and death panels, paint him as a real wing-nut. A loony. Those are just bald-faced lies! That cartoon spoof is filled with dangerous hyperbole and disinformation. And you can't logically argue with someone who is willing to just make up lies in an attempt to scare people away from real debate.Jimmy, right now the USA pays the MOST for healthcare in the world. That is the most per capita in dollars and the most as a percentage of GNP. And about 50% of that is paid for by the government already! [50% SOCIALIZED!] You would think that we would be getting the best health care in the world. We don't. In the UK, which has a socialized system of care, about 85% of healthcare is paid for by the government. Who has the better system? Well, in the UK, they have a longer life expectancy and lower infant mortality. In the UK it's practically unheard of that someone would go bankrupt trying to pay medical bills. Even people WITH medical insurance go bankrupt in the USA trying to keep up with the percentages of bills that aren't covered! By the way jimmy, check out and make a donation.I'm not saying the UK's system of healthcare is perfect. But, objectively speaking, it's cheaper than ours and their outcomes are better. They pay less; they live longer. Obviously they have something to teach us, something we could learn. Why would you want to continue to be overcharged for what is not even a second rate product?Why do we have to have a medical system that is subsidized by spaghetti dinners, meat raffles and charity auctions? Turns out our system of health insurance is just woefully inefficient at providing health coverage, but it's extremely efficient at funneling profits to the big medical insurance companies, who have some of the biggest profit margins and the highest paid executives. healthcare system is broken (and getting worse by the day); it's in need of major reform. So stop listening to lying wing-nuts like Jim Treacher, Jimmy. Start considering the facts and stop spreading hype and lies.

      • Loriborealis says:

        It is funny how some people think "health insurance" and "health care" are the same thing.

      • Greg PArramore says:

        Health Care like the current Postal Service. Aren't they broke? Oh and talk about the service, have you ever dealt with them? How about the dmv. Morons who think they are smarter then everyone else are the reason we're in this mess. What about that founding philosophy," If you don't work you don't eat".

  16. Lockestep says:

    Yep. Americans do have a tradition of pitching in and helping each other when someone is in need. We do it voluntarily, instead of being coerced by a central government. And guess what…it works.

    • Linda Gold says:

      That's great, how much will you all give me for my open heart surgery? Do you really think people should depend on the charity of their friends and neighbors for hundreds of thousnads of dollars in medical bills. I have 3 friends who have insurabce and still need thousands of dollars for medical bills. How do suppose I can help them and at the same time pay oalmost $1000 a month for coverage for myself and my husband?

  17. Anonymous says:

    In 1952, when this comic was written, the Federal budget, in constant dollars adjusted for inflation, was one-fifth what it is now. The population at that time was about half what it is now.But hey, the problem is not enough taxes, right? Couldn't be the spending.

    • Linda Gold says:

      Great, let's chop the Pentagon's money since that's where most of your taxes go.

      • Anonymous says:

        Wrong. Military spending – which is constitutionally mandated by the way – only accounts for about one-third of the Federal budget. Welfare, socialist security, HUD and other social spending now comprise the bulk of the Federal budget.

        • Linda Gold says:

          Military spending isn't mandated at 21% of the budget which is what it was last year (and of course from 2003-2008 the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afganhistan weren't counted as part of the budget's military soending so the percentage is really much higher).

          • Anonymous says:

            Oh, so in your mind 21% (your number) to 34% (my number) is "most" of the Federal Budget? Is all your math this good, or are you just the gal that buys $50,000 hammers for the Federal government?

          • Linda Gold says:

            At either number it is still the single largest portion of the Federal budget especially if you add in the overseas "operations" which are currently keep off line. And my point wasn't to dispute the numbers but what the money was being spent on. And it was a $500 hammer (not $50,000 Mr. Anonymous Math Whiz) and they were purchased by the Pentagon so it looks to me like they could spare some money to help sick people instead of Blackwater.

          • Anonymous says:

            Wrong. The single largest portion of the federal budget is not the Department of Defense: that does not include socialist security. I find it interesting how the federal government's constitutionally mandated duty to provide for the common defense should, in your mind, take a back seat to free medical care to illegal aliens. Asking me to pay for your doctor bills so you can label me a "racist" in place of maintaining our national military that protects my wife and son from the brutality we recently watched in Georgia is unconvincing to say the least. Go ahead and have the last word Ms. Gold- just bear in mind that there are those that will not submit to your collectivist designs without a fight.

          • Russ Rogers says:

            Anonymous, you are a coward and a bully. How DARE you call Ms. Gold by name without having the guts to leave your own! HOW DARE you threaten her personally! "Ms. Gold – just bear in mind that there are those that will not submit to your collectivist designs without a fight." I interpreted those words as a threat. I don't know how Ms. Gold read them. You didn't say, "go along without serious debate." You started slipping into what I interpreted as violent, gun-toting rhetoric and threats. How the HELL did you mean that statement?And Ms. Gold is NOT a collectivist. Ms. Gold is a capitalist. I believe Ms. Gold OWNS a good chunk the site where you are spewing your collectivist threats! So it's rather ironic that you are here, using her site for free, tossing about your insult, "collectivist."This is not the forum to rant about what expenditures you feel are Constitutional and which aren't. This isn't the forum to rant about which revenue collecting methods the governments uses you feel are or aren't constitutional. Income Taxes are legal. They happen to be an extremely efficient way of raising money. Social Welfare programs are here to stay. You are late to the game if you are trying to claim that they are unconstitutional now. Get used to it.Either learn how to sign in to the site (It's not that hard. Even I figured it out!) or type some kind of name or nickname at the end of your rants. It's easy to spew hate and fear behind the shield of anonymity! Try backing up your word with your name if you feel so strongly about them. Jerk. Try being a little politer and not falling back into violent threats when you fear you are going to lose an argument.

          • Anonymous says:

            Well Mr. Rogers (if that's your real name):1. After being maligned as a "racist", "terrorist", and "Nazi" being labeled a "coward", "bully", or "jerk" just doesn't have the impact that it used to.2. I fail to see where you derive any "violent, gun-toting rhetoric" in my posts. Perhaps support for the constitutionally mandated provision for the common defense offends you?3. As for the "serious debate", it seems you are not inclined to it either as my simple question [Anonymous (12:40 PM on Thu Sep 3, 2009)] has gone without reply whilst you have had the time to accuse me of spewing "hate and fear" and threatening physical harm to Ms. Gold.4. "This is not the forum to rant" – really? Is that why you have more post here than nearly everyone else combined? Or is this forum just set aside for you to rant?5. I'm only "losing the debate" because I disagree with you- which apparently isn't allowed. I also noted that Ms. Gold failed to acknowledge that she was mistaken about her assertion concerning the federal government's spending habits.6. As for the politeness, since Ms. Gold failed to include her preferred title with her post I was forced to make a guess. Having had hostile responses to the titles "Miss" & "Mrs." over the years and having noticed that most liberal women tend to prefer the title "Ms." instead, I went out on a limb with "Ms." As usual, I appear to have guessed wrong. Oh, and I was trying to give her the last word on the subject without giving you the impression that I surrender my position. I know that holding an opinion different than yours offends you, and I must say, right now, that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling all over.7. You seem concerned about my identity, and so there can be no misunderstanding I've outlined below the posts I've made here on your forum- though if you are so concerned about the identity of your posters one wonders why an Anonymous option is made available:(3:50 AM on Thu Sep 3, 2009)(4:29 PM on Thu Sep 3, 2009)(5:25 AM on Fri Sep 4, 2009)(12:40 PM on Thu Sep 3, 2009)(5:26 AM on Fri Sep 4, 2009)My name is Jason Francis. I live at 18159 SW Rosa Rd #62 in Beaverton, Oregon- or maybe Aloha, Oregon, the city boundaries are not well marked around here.8. This proposal is "collectivist". There are only two kinds: "individualists" (like me) and "collectivists" (like you). You believe that I should pay for your medical care, that you have a "right" to take property from me to satisfy your wants. I do not. As the primary architect of the Constitution said:"With respect to the words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators."James MadisonNow if this proposal was suggested at the state level, where people would be free to choose to live with it or move to another state without it, you would not be encountering such resistance. If, for example, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts were to implement this idea, other states could observe it's success or failure and then decide whether or not to adopt it themselves. But you don't want to do it on the state level. You want to enforce this on everybody, over their objections- and worse yet, you get offended when they have the nerve to object! That is why you are a collectivist and why I, as an individualist, oppose your efforts.Now, since you are such a fan of threats, hate and fear, I leave you with both the last word (which I won't read because your provocations will only encourage me to re-engage in this pointless exchange of text) and these choice quotations for you to ponder- not that you will:"They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare, but only to lay taxes for that purpose. To consider the latter phrase not as describing the purpose of the first, but as giving a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please…Certainly no such universal power was meant to be given them."Thomas Jefferson"By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other, they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side; on the other, vice and servility, or hatred and revolt."James Madison"…therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it."John Adams

          • Linda Gold says:

            You win. Let people die in the streets. If you represent what America is I give up. This country has gone insane.

    • Russ Rogers says:

      Anonymous, you fail to take into account the growth in GDP over the same time period. We pay more in taxes because we make more and earn more. The budget has stay very close to 30% of GDP since 1952. Spending has grown faster than receipts, so obviously deficits have grown. Yes, there is a problem with spending. And a higher and higher percentage of GDP is being spent on health care. Health care costs are growing at an unsustainable rate. We need to find some reforms to control those costs. Health care costs have grown at a much faster rate than taxes or the GDP.

  18. David Aitken says:

    Hey, Russ Rogers, is that General Welfare clause the same one that authorizes warrantless wiretaps, rendition, and the like? Just askin', you know. BTW, the powers authorized to the government are listed in Article I, Section 8, not the Preamble.

    • Russ Rogers says:

      Hey David Aitken, I'm a guy who likes comic books; I'm not a lawyer or Constitutional Law Professor, like Obama. I'm just saying that if you are arguing against Income Taxes or Social Welfare programs on the basis of them not being Constitutional, you are a little late to the party. There is no way the USA is doing away with the Income Tax or Social Welfare programs now or any time soon. I think there has been plenty of time for these arguments to filter up to the Supreme Court and be ruled on by the real authorities on what is or isn't Constitutional. I'm sure somebody will challenge whatever form health care reform takes on the basis of it's Constitutionality. We'll see if the Courts look at those cases and how they rule.No, I don't think that warantless wiretaps, rendition or torture promoted the General Welfare or provided for the Common Defense (even if that was the intent of the people doing it). I think our own laws and International Laws were ignored and broken. I don't think that promotes anyone's welfare, especially not the people getting tortured or the reputations of the people (you and me, the USA) doing the torturing.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Superman? I thought that was Barack Obama! Well, that explains that weird S design on his chest.

  20. Anonymous says:

    It's not really that hard — Superman is trying to convince Mr. Stanton to contribute, voluntarily, out of his own funds, to the hospital. Superman is NOT saying, "Mr. Stanton, cough up the dough or I'll personally beat you silly until you give it up, and then I'll congratulate myself on what a compassionate person I am for having been so generous with your money." That is precisely the distinction — or at least one of them (effectiveness being another one, of course) — between private philanthropy and government coercion. Sorry the distinction is too subtle for you.You'll note that I'm not saying that Superman is wrong — only saying that Superman isn't demonstrably on your side. Back a few years ago I spent over $60…,000 of my own money (and I'm no Bill Gates, and the newest of my three old cars is the one that has only 155,000 miles on it) to adopt four kids from Kazakhstan even though I already had four of my own biological children, then took six months' sabbatical from my job as a self-employed consultant to go around raising funds for the kids who had to be left behind. In the end I raised enough money to put another seven Kazakh kids through college, and to set up two transition homes for kids who were leaving the orphanage system to live in while they went to college, and to install a new telephone system in one of the orphanages I worked with, and to bring seven more kids to the United States for a summer, in the process of which three of those kids found American adoptive parents. So I certainly can't be accused of being a callous conservative unwilling to take big hits to my own lifestyle out of compassion for others, or to be unwilling to do exactly what Superman is doing in this strip and attempt to raise funds through private philanthropy. But I would never do what you want to do for YOUR own favorite personal cause, which is enlist the coercive power of the government to do my fundraising for me, and to place the wellbeing of those for whom I care deeply in the hands of government bureaucrats and Washington politicians.In other words, if you think this Superman strip is at all relevant to the debate about nationalizing health care, it merely shows that you do not understand those who disagree with you. Most Americans who are opposed to Obamacare have no problem with the ends in view; we too would be happy to see everybody in America — indeed, everybody in the world — have the best possible medical care. We just prefer Superman's approach to yours, on both moral and practical grounds. The fact that you can't tell the difference between a government bureaucracy and private philanthropy…well, that's a big part of the problem, right there. And the fact that it doesn't seem to have crossed your mind that Superman could absolutely overwhelm Mr. Stanton with irresistible force and yet chooses instead to respect his freedom and appeal to his conscience, and that this decision on Superman's part is the antithesis of your preferred approach… [sigh] the truth is, most of your opponents share Superman's compassion, but, alas, you don't share his humility and self-restraint.

  21. Robert says:

    "Let's quote the Constitution."Yes, quote the preamble, the part that has no legal force whatsoever. And when it talks about promoting the general welfare it talks about protecting people from force and fraud, not the people who have more than others. General welfare, not class warfare.Everything else in your post is garbage. "Your money is redistributed all the time…" And that makes it right? Of course we get to elect idiots and croneys and morons who know what's right for us all, so that makes it all better, doesn't it. But it's reprentative democracy, so it's all good. Hey, buddy, the majority is giving you the finger, take the hint why don't ya. And after that, read the Constitution, all the stuff after the preamble, particularly article 1, section 8 which delegates authorities to Congress. Lets see, government takover of business, government run health insurance…nope, don't see it. Maybe cause it's NOT THERE! Neither is Medicare, Social Security and about 90% of the things our sainted government does. But hey, who needs rules, right? Majority rule, baby! Might makes right! SUPERMAN SAYS SO!"35th highest life expectancy…" Yeah, correlates 100% with access to health insurance, has nothing to do with other social problems or even levels of crime. Completely ignore that NEARLY ALL MEDICAL INNOVATIONS come from the United States because of a nominally market based system. Single payer? Sure, have fun with that. And when the only payer decides we don't need any new advancements in medicine we won't get any. But hey, it's all about costs with you, isn't it? Grandma sure could use that hip replacement, but an appointed healthcare panel says it's too expensive and grandma is gonna have to just suck on aspirins in her wheelchair until she dies. Have fun with that.

  22. Anonymous says:

    If health care system is broken, should we look to the failure-prone Fed Gov't to fix it? I think not. Should we look to the "wisdom" of comic book writers for advice on running our lives? I think not.

  23. Anonymous says:

    No one seems to have noticed that the cartoon is about soliciting *donations* for a community hospital (see "Hospital Fund Drive", first panel, the grouchy old man "I'm not *giving*"), not forcibly-collected taxpayer dollars. Back in ye olden days, "welfare" meant charity, not the government dole. Superman here is encouraging charity, the very opposite of socialism.Reality intrusion over– please resume vicious debate over policy…

  24. Jim Treacher says:

    "There are millions of people who go uninsured."Most of whom are either illegal immigrants, unemployed for 4 months or less, or simply choose not to buy health insurance because they don't think they need it. It's not 47 million. It's more like 10-12 million.

    • Anonymous says:

      My husband, who has been employed for over a year at the same place and has solid work history prior to that, hasn't had insurance in over five years. His father runs his own company, and nobody in his family is insured. My infant child and I have insurance through the state of Illinois; prior to that, except for a brief stretch of time, I lacked insurance for about six years… I worked full time that entire time, but like my husband, I either worked for places that didn't offer insurance, or that had such high costs/co-pays/etc that it wasn't worth it. Many insurance companies consider my husband too high risk to cover, as he had brain surgery as a kid. He had an aneurysm. He will never have an aneurysm again, and having had that surgery, the problem is completely solved. But companies still refuse to offer him coverage. I have PCOS, which many insurance companies consider a pre-existing condition. Untreated, there is a VERY good chance I will develop diabetes, heart problems, and develop fertility issues that will prevent either becoming pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy (in fact, I've had 3 miscarriages). Treatment includes a form of oral insulin that is relatively cheap, and which goes a long way toward mitigating those side effects. Yet because I've already been diagnosed with PCOS, there are insurance companies that will either refuse me entirely, or refuse to cover treatment for my illness.There are a LOT of folks who don't have insurance available to them despite steady job histories and citizenship status. There are lots more who can't afford insurance– my parents' insurance is something like $500 a month, not counting the actual cost of co-pays and prescriptions. That's about the same amount of a studio apartment in Chicago. Like many Americans, my family and my husband's family are one medical disaster away from being bankrupt by incredibly high medical costs. I have (employed, US citizen) friends who've had to debate whether they should go to the emergency room for cellulitis (which can lead to loss of limbs), jagged bleeding wounds, and potentially broken bones because the potential cost of an ER trip could have ended every chance they had at owning a car or a home.

    • Anonymous says:

      No, sorry, the 47 million *is* people who've been uninsured for over a year. Have some tasty facts.

  25. Jim Treacher says:

    Oh, I didn't scroll all the way down to where you baselessly called me a liar. Well, you have a nice day too, sir.

    • mcg says:

      That's right Jim. Government health care is just fine… just stay outa my womb! Wait… what?

    • Russ Rogers says:

      I didn't baselessly call you a liar. I read your comic spoof. I found it riddled with illogical hyperbole and lies. It was more of the rantings that the current attempts at healthcare reform are pointing on a slippery slope toward death panels and eugenics. It's total crap, Mr. Treacher. Baseless lies. Nobody wants to kill your grandma. You have swallow a bunch of hooey and are regurgitating back in a very creative way. But the MILLIONS of people who declare bankruptcy because of health care costs or not all uninsured. There are NO plans in current health care legislation to cover illegal immigrants. So why make up these lies?

      • Jim Treacher says:

        I said, good day, sir.

        • Russ Rogers says:

          So if you or your family gets sick during that 4 months (or less) when you are unemployed and uninsured, who covers you then? What about the people who do choose to buy health insurance but then are denied claims or find that they are woefully under insured? Oh did you mean, "God Day: I don't have to explain why I'm spreading lies about death panels and plans for eugenics, I can just spread fear without backing any of it up with more than baseless innuendo and hyperbole"? Nope, that doesn't make it a good day at all.

    • Gordon McAlpin says:

      Russ, I have to chime in and speak up on Jim Treacher's behalf. He's not lying. He honestly believes everything he said, and lying means a willful intention of deceiving someone, not persuading them to share a belief that you earnestly hold yourself.That means he's NOT a liar. That means he's an idiot.

      • Jim Treacher says:

        And a good day to you as well, Gordon.

        • Gordon McAlpin says:

          Thank you, Jim! I would much rather have had you actually back up your right-wing claptrap with actual, substantive arguments, because if there are any, I have never once heard them from a single Republican, but your well-wishes are heart-warming consolation.

          • Jim Treacher says:

            You insult me, and then complain that I don't reply with a substantive argument? Maybe it's your approach.

          • Gordon McAlpin says:

            You've failed to make any relevant, substantive points to anybody here, Mr. Treacher. Keep waving the victim card, but you obviously have nothing to say that could interest me.And since you also seem to be unable to allow other people to have the last word, no matter how little you have to say, you may respond now:

          • Jim Treacher says:

            If I have nothing to say that could interest you, Gordon, why are you talking to me?And the "You can have the last word" ploy? How amateur.

          • Russ Rogers says:

            Well, I didn't insult you, Jim. I characterized your statements as lies. They are. They aren't opinions. We aren't having a difference of opinion here. You implied that Obama's proposals for health care reform include plans for eugenics and death panels. Nonsense. That's not an opinion, Jim, that's slander. It's not funny, because there are people who actually believe that utter line of bull crap. I said that those statements made you sound like a wing-nut and a loony. Gordon was willing to attribute your statements to mental deficiency. I' think that you are smarter than that, Mr. Treacher; but you just seem far more callous and callow.You can't walk into a crowded movie theater and shout, "FIRE!" And then claim that was just your review of the movie. "They should have run from the theater, that movie was awful!"I don't care how bad you think health care reform is, it's not right to get people to run away from it by pretending there is scary shit in there that just ISN'T. There is NO fire in the theater, and there is NO plan for death panels or eugenics in Obama's health care reform. If you make the argument that you believe that's what it's about, you are either a liar, an idiot, seriously deranged or a dogmatic wing-nut. Possibly a combination of those. Because that is not just untrue, it's inflammatory, slanderous and dangerous rhetoric. Why? Because you are saying that the Obama health care reform is a secret plan to kill the defenseless and innocent among us. What if some even kookier fruitcake uses violent means to "defend those innocents" because they believe this lie? You are treading in murky waters, spreading this kind of vicious hate.

          • Anonymous says:

            Maybe you need to look at what people mean when they talk about death panels, and why they think they will necessarily be part of the implementation of socialized medicine.

          • Russ Rogers says:

            Michelle Malkin? You point to a series of anecdotal accounts about the British health care system that Michelle Malkin has collected? (I really haven't considered Michelle Malkin a credible source of commentary since the Rachel Ray Kefia Kerfuffle. Look it up. It's hilarious!) For every horror story you can come up with about British Health Care, someone else can come up with an equally horrorific story about American Health Care. Anecdotes aren't statistics. They can illustrate your argument, but not make your case. And the current proposed health care reforms are not modeled on the UK. So it's apples and oranges. There are NO proposed death panels. There is NO proposed eugenics programs. Anyone who says there is or implies that's what health care reform will lead to is simply deranged, confused or lying, just trying to cloud real discussion about what health care reform is by spreading hate and fear about what it is not and what it will never become.

  26. Anonymous says:

    "Jimmy, Healthcare ISN'T guaranteed now. That's the problem. There are millions of people who go uninsured. So comparing Healthcare to Food is a bit of a stretch. Right now, 15.9% of Americans go uninsured and the numbers are growing. If 15.9% of Americans were starving to death, wouldn't you expect the Government to do something about it? If 15.9% of Americans were starving, trust me, you would see some rationing going on. Or you would see rioting, take your pick."I see what you did there. You deceptively conflated health care insurance with health care. See, not having insurance does not necessarily stop you from getting health care. Indeed, you can walk into any emergency room in the country and get treatment without ever having had health care insurance for a second. It is not the ideal method of getting health care but it is health care.To use your food analogy: just because you don't have a Local Deli Discount Card that makes your sandwiches less costly doesn't mean you can't go into Local Deli and buy a sandwich.When you accuse someone of lying, you shuold probably make sure you didn't beging you entire rant with a really big one.-Jimmie

    • Russ Rogers says:

      Jimmie- Part of the reason we are paying so outrageously through the nose for health care is that people without Health Insurance end up using Emergency Rooms as their Primary Physicians. It's an insanely expensive and inefficient way to dole out treatment. Worse, it clogs our already crowded Emergency Rooms with more patients than they can handle. One of the major savings that having an affordable Public Option to Health Insurance is that it might help solve is this terrible waste of money and time in Emergency Rooms. Another savings might be that if everyone could afford to have a regular primary physician, preventative medicine might also save money over reactive Emergency procedures later on. It's a lot cheaper to treat someone with blood pressure medication now than to treat a stroke or heart attack later on."To use your food analogy: just because you don't have a Local Deli Discount Card that makes your sandwiches less costly doesn't mean you can't go into Local Deli and buy a sandwich." Yes, but what if you can't afford to buy a sandwich at any price, discount card or not. Do we expect the Deli (a private business, not the government or charity) to just hand out sandwiches for free?My analogy may not have been perfect. But it's a damn sight better than the lies that "Health Care Reform is a secret plot to kill the indigent and infirm." There are no death panels. There are no eugenics programs. Obama is not trying to institute a socialist, fascist or totalitarian state. Those are nonsense boogyman scare tactics and lies.

      • Linda Gold says:

        Don't forget to mention that the uninsured pay 3-4 times what the insured do for care in the emergency room so people don't go unless they have to. My daughter who is uninsured refused to go to the hospital after rolling over her car because she knew she would never be able to pay for the treatment at the hospital. Another time when she fractured her arm the hospital charged her over $2000 for x-rays and a soft cast .

  27. elladeon says:

    Dude, you do know that agri subsidies are supposed to keep prices artifically HIGH, right? They're not to help consumers; they're to help farmers. So, my subsidized food is actually more expensive – substantially – than if the government would just butt out. Not to mention the millions of acres of fallow farmland and thousands of tons of destroyed crops, every year, from government subsidies. But whatever. That's a great metaphor. I'm not even going to touch your infant mortality and life expectancy stuff. Let me just say – other countries count things differently than we do, and that makes their numbers look better.

    • Russ Rogers says:

      Hey, I'm not saying that Government Subsidies of farming are a great idea. 80% of the subsidy money goes to 10% of the farms. It's another way to funnel tax dollars toward big business. It's more corporate welfare. But, there's no question that your tax dollars have gone to the farmers who have grow the food (or been paid to NOT grow the food) you put in your mouth. Also, there are plenty of Government programs designed to feed the hungry. I'm not saying it's a perfect metaphor. It was jimmy who started down the road that healthcare reform was some form of government rationing system, like food rationing. I just tried to tell him that the Government is already involved with food.If you have better statistics, point me toward them. I got mine from…If you have more objective and reliable statistics, I'm willing to look at them.By your count, how many people went bankrupt in the United States last year because of medical bills they couldn't pay? By your counts, how does that compare to Canada or the UK?By your numbers, how much does the USA pay for healthcare? And by your numbers, where do we rank as far as outcomes? What is our life expectancy and infant mortality rates compared to the UK? Do we pay more or less than the UK? Are we getting better results? How?

      • Stephen R says:

        RE: Infant Mortality numbers:…Basically, in this country, if it's born and it's moving, it is counted as a "live birth". In other countries, anything under a certain weight is simply not counted, OR anything that doesn't survive 24 or 48 hours is not counted, OR….In the USA we count them all. Pretty much every other country pushes its infant mortality numbers down by simply discarding a whole lot of dead babies.

        • Russ Rogers says:

          Stephen, great article! This is informed and intelligent debate. You are right, in that other countries do seem to inflate their infant mortality numbers. So factoring in how Norway inflates theirs, their numbers are no better than ours. But they are no worse either. Still, this is interesting.The article you cite has many anecdotal cases of Canada sending their premature babies to US hospitals for treatment. Does it? We could applaud Canada for it willingness to seek out the best, most cost effective care, even if that means having some patients seek treatment outside of Canada. And, I don't think this means that the parents are on the hook for paying for that treatment. The article didn't say that. In the USA, if you are even transfered away from a hospital that is within your coverage by YOUR doctor to a hospital outside you service plan (for better treatment), the insurance company may sock you with the bill. I don't have statistics, but anecdotally, that happens a lot in the US.I might be wrong. But, I think the medical bills for Canadian preemies sent to be treated in the USA are still covered under the Canadian health care system. So, anecdotally Canada sends some of it's citizens to the United States for better healthcare for premature babies. Good for them. Anecdotally, we are sending many more people across the border into Canada for cheaper prescription drugs. This is even after passing the largest single piece of social legislation since Social Security in the Medicare Drug Benefit. Obviously, both systems of health care have something to learn from each other.How does Canada inflate their life expectancy numbers? We pay the most for health care and from what I can see, our life expectancy numbers rank around 28h to 45th in the world. (Depending on the numbers you look at.) In the USA it's 77. In Canada, 80. How do other countries inflate those numbers?Take a look at this statistic: The probability of not reaching the age of 60 is 12.8% in the USA. In Canada, it's 9.5% and in the UK 9.9%. Now, a lot of factors besides health care factor into this statistic. But I think it's still significant.Canada has the 5th most expensive health care in the world. And the still pay more than $2,000 dollars a year less than we do per capita. We pay the most, by far. We pay $4,60…0 dollars per year per person. Switzerland has the second most expensive health care and they pay only $3,200!The UK spends around $1800 dollars per person per year. Are we getting two an a half times the health care that they get in the UK? You would think that we would live longer in the USA. But the UK's life expectancy is 79. So for paying 40% what we do for health care (on average), they live 2 years longer? Is the UK inflating those statistics?

          • Stephen R says:

            The thing that skews our life expectancy *heavily* is the inner cities and gang violence. If you remove all the gang bangers and such from the equation (and of course all those troublesome babies that other countries don't bother to count), we have one of the best life expectancies in the world. I'm not saying that gangs aren't a problem, but they're not a **health care** problem. Some teenager getting capped by a rival gang is not a failure of health insurance.So my chances of living to see 60 are quite good, thanks.

          • Russ Rogers says:

            So as long as we ignore a certain segment of our population, everything is fine. Might some of our problems stem from that segment of our population systemically getting ignored already?Fine. I will accept your premise. Our infant mortality number and our life expectancy numbers are no worse than other industrialized countries. I will take it on faith. What about the millions of people who declare bankruptcy because they can't keep up with medical bills. Medical Bills were a leading cause of bankruptcy, at least in 2005. And most of those declaring bankruptcy HAD medical insurance at the time their financially catastrophic medical problem.…Look at the statistics. Most of the people in bankruptcy from medical bills are middle class and college educated. Most HAD medical insurance when their lives began to fall apart.Our current medical system is BROKEN and is in desperate need of reform. I think that reform should include a Public Option to Health Insurance. But I'm willing to debate the issue with rational folks. I'm not in favor of a single payer system, but again 'm open to the idea and willing to listen. I'm not in favor of nationalizing the entire health care system. I don't think a Public Option to Health Insurance logically leads to death panels or eugenics programs. Those are illogical, hyperbolic exaggerations so far afield from the issue at hand they can only be characterized as pernicious lies, designed to mislead and misinform.

          • Anonymous says:

            Not true. Even if you just look at white Americans, we don't do that well.

          • Stephen R says:

            Umm…. not so fast. You're still completely overlooking those troublesome infant mortality stats. If it's born and moving, we count it. Not so in other countries. I stand by my statement. It *is* true.

          • Russ Rogers says:

            OK, Stephen. I will accept your premise that other countries count their infant mortality numbers differently. That ours are skewed. I will accept as a premise for argument that our Infant Mortality Rates are even better than the rest of the world. There are certainly areas of Healthcare that are better in the USA. We have some of the finest Universities and Medical Research Labs anywhere in the world. But what about the numbers of people who go bankrupt each year because of Medical Bills in the USA? It's in the Millions. In 2005, it was the single biggest reason for declaring bankruptcy. Most of those people were middle class, college educated and HAD Medical Insurance at the time of their initial medical crisis. How does this compare to the rest of the world?Do we have to sacrifice millions of people into bankruptcy to maintain our low infant mortality rates? Do we have to see 16% or more of our population go uninsured (and not get preventative medical attention or prenatal care) to keep wait times short at the Doctor's Office?Must we make a growing portion of our Country use the Emergency Room as their Primary Physician?Is there a way to FIX what is obviously broken in our healthcare system without breaking what currently works?I don't think it works to claim that, "The Problem is for such a small number of Americans, it's not really a problem." We can't say, "As long as I've got mine, we're fine," any longer. Rising Healthcare costs are a drain on everyone's budgets and a bigger and bigger sinkhole for rising National Deficits. We need to find a way to manage costs while still improving care.

          • Stephen R says:

            So you accept my argument that we have a better (that is, more successful) health care system than in other countries, but you want to change our system to make it more like that of those other countries? I'm confused.There's an old saying: "The perfect is the enemy of the good." People love to look at something they want to change and say "It's Not Perfect! Therefore…." But nothing is perfect. Anywhere. Ever.The 40 million uninsured" (your 16%) is an inflated number on several counts: It includes young people who think themselves invincible and **choose** not to spend the money on health insurance. It includes people who are well off enough that they feel they don't need it. It includes illegal immigrants (Obama himself promises up and down that his plan will NOT cover illegals). Frankly it probably includes a whole lot of people who "can't afford" insurance but somehow *can* afford $100 cable TV plans and widescreen TVs to watch them on (those those are a bit harder to count….)The remainder is about 6 million genuinely uninsured Americans (citizens who would get it if they could, but can't), which is about 2% of the population.I don't claim "the Problem is for such a small number of Americans, it's not really a problem." But when the system is working well for 294 million Americans, you don't screw up the 294M in your efforts to help the 6M. A government run plan would do that, just as it did to the private school loan industry. What's that you say? "What private school loan industry?" Exactly. If government "competes", the private health insurance industry will cease to exist.