TOM THE DANCING BUG: School Time Rock - "I'm Just a Law"

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH a plucky little Bill becomes a Law, but explains the NEXT steps he has to take to survive the American legislative process. Join the INNER HIVE for early access to @RubenBolling's Tom the Dancing Bug comics and more fun stuff.

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  1. For some reason I'm now picturing Ted Cruz singing

    *I'm just a shill
    Yes, I'm only a shill
    And I'm shutting down Capitol Hill
    Well, it's a long, long journey
    To the capital city
    It's a dark, dark day
    When I'm steering a committee
    But I know I'll kill that law someday
    At least I hope and pray that I will
    But today I am still just a shill*

  2. That's a Tea Party cannibal. He's totally okay with cutting his own head off.

  3. Because a universally insured populace beats the alternative where those with insurance pay for the ER visits of those without.

    And for the record I look at the people in the 60's and think "look at those pot-smoking hippies that will become everything they currently despise."

  4. As a rule with insurance if you're not actively utilizing it you're always paying for someone else. That is, in fact, what the word "insurance" means.

    1. The new system, by including younger and healthier (but poor) folks increases the risk pool. Over time, this saves the system money.
    2. Under the old system, said younger and healthier (but poor) folks would not get basic preventive maintenance and when they ceased to be younger and healthier would be driven to the ER with some catastrophic problem that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix. Under the new system, those folks are getting basic preventive medicine that will help to prevent so many catastrophic health emergencies.
    3. Often, younger and healthier (but poor) people can't afford basic health care for their children. Strangely enough those children can't afford to pay for their own health care either. (I know, I know, child labor laws are the worst.) With the new system there will be fewer uninsured children and therefore fewer children growing up with preventable or treatable health problems.
    4. Some of us have this crazy idea that, overall, the world is a better place when fewer people suffer unnecessarily. If folks can afford basic health care through subsidized insurance then they suffer less and some of us think it's worth paying the full premiums (because, ya know, we can already afford it). If you fancy yourself a sort of John Galt then you might also reflect on how this indirectly benefits you. Fewer unhealthy people means fewer diseases spreading around that you can catch. Fewer people bankrupted by medical bills means more spending on consumer goods helps to grow the economy. Fewer people with horrible financial and health problems constantly looming over their heads means less disaffection, alienation, and rage translating into happier, more generous people who will maybe not cut you off in traffic so often. Finally, fewer desperate people quite likely leads to a decrease in crime. ("But I shouldn't have to bribe those people not commit crimes!" But if you didn't you'd just have to "bribe" a policeman into protecting you so it's a bit of a wash, right? Why not just pay that little extra to make the world you live in a better place?)

    Also, WTF are the Illuminati/new world order/ancient aliens going to do with this dastardly knowledge about where you buy your insurance? It's never struck me as something I really needed to hide from the IRS.

  5. But you're paying for hosts of services you don't necessarily use. The fire department. The police department. The military. Utilities. Roadways. Schools. Churches.

    At the same time, others are paying for parts of your services that you do use that they do not. It's part of society and civilization. I would rather that we all work together to pull everyone up instead of just telling them "I got mine, sorry."

    Civilization requires that we treat each other fairly. Spreading out the costs of healthcare to everyone ends up actually costing individuals less.

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