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  •  It continues to baffle me (7+ / 0-)

    Why the USA doesn't have universal healthcare. Do we apparently not want to learn from other countries that do? Do we think that having a population with healthcare will be a bad thing? I think what most of these people come up with is "some people have died waiting for surgeries" which I call BS on. Are they saying it's better to die without the hope of life-saving surgery than it is to be waiting for it?

    But hey, it's okay, it's not like we waste a whole lot of money having to treat people once they already get sick instead of preventing it. Oh wait....

    •  Unpeeling the American healthcare system (3+ / 0-)

      I think it's related to Calvinism: if you're a good person, you don't get sick. If you do get sick, you're a bad person, and you deserve to face whatever difficulties God has chosen to bestow upon you. Providing universal healthcare just mucks up the system God has put in place to carry out justice.

      A word after a word after a word is power. -- Margaret Atwood

      by tmo on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 06:07:56 PM PST

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    •  mainly (1+ / 0-)
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      it's the system of campaign financing which allows corporations to buy influence according to their bankrolls and politicians to ignore the public interest.

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      by alizard on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 06:20:00 PM PST

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      •  Which is why the system is wrong (1+ / 0-)
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        The system of healthcare shouldn't be trying to gain an edge over someone else, or block other people from getting the same. By having a healthcare policy that makes it so insurance companies should deny claim holders because it's good for the shareholders. Healthcare shouldn't be something that people try to edge out other people on. It should be something everyone has.

        •  the most important reason may be (3+ / 0-)

          simple economic benefit to the nation.

          We pay about twice to badly insure a portion (about 1/2) of our citizens what the rest of the First World pays to insure EVERYBODY.

          The money we waste represents a massive lost opportunity cost, money that could be put into creating the next generation of green technology and many other areas where the national leaders in R&D will be the world economic leaders of the future. For our money, we get wealthier parasites.

          Even if America copied the most expensive known national health care system, that of Canada, if America spent 3% less a year in GDP as the Canadians do, this would break loose $500B a year.

          We boast of our vaunted "Yankee ingenuity". . . let's prove that we've still got it by making a national health care system that's a model for cost-effectiveness and superior patient services that the rest of the world can follow instead of the lus3rs at the back of the pack as we are now in the area of health care.

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          by alizard on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 08:40:01 PM PST

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