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Mike is correct in Canada you have to wait for specialized procedures due to the lack of Specialist MD's caused by their migration to the US to make more money. That also explains why health coverage is much more expensive in the US. 30% of health care costs here go to Administrative expenses(Executive pay and bonuses) not actual health care as compared to Medicare which has a 3% Administrative cost. Each Country handles its health care in different ways. Switzerland is about the beat and Canada not as good. What you have to decide what is better, no health coverage or basic health coverage. Using Texas as an example almost 30% of Texans have no health coverage which enables employers to make greater profits. This is why immigrant workers have no problem finding work in Texas. As the old saying goes you get what you pay for. If you work for a big Corporation you'll have great coverage. If you work for a small company you'll be lucky to have any health coverage.
The main problem with Health Care in the US is that it is determined by your employment unless you are over the age of 65. The rest of the Western World has Universal Health Care for all their citizens. If you work for a large Corporation you tend to have great Health coverage. If you work for a small local company you more than likely have minimal coverage or none at all. McDonald's had $8 Billion in profits last year thanks to the US taxpayer because they pay minimum wage in most cases and counsel their employees how to get gov't benefits like Medicaid and Food Stamps. Others like Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas ops out of Federal Health Insurance because Goldman Sachs pays $20,000+ a year for his families health insurance.
When you have a procedure at any Hospital there are 2 rates. One for insured and one for uninsured. The uninsured rate will be at least 3 times more than the insured rate. Years ago I had a procedure while insured that cost $900. Unfortunately for me my company went out of business before the claim was paid. When I went to the hospital to pay the $900 I was informed I was now considered uninsured and I had to pay that rate which was $2500. I went to the Attorney General of the State and they basically told me that was too bad and I had to pay the $2500.
Health Care is a mess in this country just like Immigration and the ACA did not solve it because our Politicians work for the Corporations and the super rich who finance their Campaigns(Citizens United) not the people.
Four years ago Republican Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas cut business taxes and taxes on upper income tax payers to near zero saying it would be a great job creator and Kansas would prosper. The opposite happened because the wealthy just pocketed the money and the state's deficit went out of control. Just today the state's controller said the situation is a lot worse than previously reported just before the election. The state is in a mess and he still was re-elected.
First I know of no one that likes paying taxes. The problem is what the taxes are used for. You are correct that the last war we won was in 1945. The Vietnam War which I served in and the Iraq War which you served in were total blunders caused by arrogance and the influence of the Defense Industry especially in Texas where both Presidents were from. . There is a bunch of money to be made in war by a small few. The long term cost of Iraq will be close to $6 Trillion and it is not really over. In an interview yesterday Pres. Bush said he had no regrets in his Invasion and the outcome except for ISIS. The problem he is not the man or women with no arms or legs. The Corporations and Super Rich control this country which is evident with the $6.5 Billion they spent on the mid-term elections. They expect a big return on their investment. We will be at war in Iran, Syria,, Iraq etc. as soon as the new regime takes control and who will pay the price? Our men and women in uniform will take the brunt of it with multiple tours just like they did in Afghanistan and Iraq while others laugh all the way to the bank. War is great as long as someone else does the fighting and dying and the Super Rich get a tax cut.. I'd bet on it.
Eric when you drive from your primary home to your secondary home here in Steamboat who maintains the roads you drive on? The DOT who gets its financing from your tax dollars. If your house catches fire do you run out with a hose to put it out or do you call the Fire Dept.? The Fire Dept. is funded by your tax dollars. That and many other things that the gov't and only the gov't can provide like disaster relief, National Defense, air traffic control etc. is receiving money that is stolen from you. If this bothers you so much why do you live in this country?
It must be tough taking care of 2 homes in 2 different states. On this Day I think more about our men and women who spent numerous tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many who came home with no legs or no arms or both and did not complain one bit like you do.
How many of the experts here have ever been to Saudi Arabia or the Middle East for that matter? Based what I'm reading I would say none.
To blame the insanity of a few on a whole religion you don't like or understand is no where near reality.. Tim McVeigh and Hitler were both Catholic but you would not blame all Catholics for their insanity.
The Middle East is a mess because the Western powers after WW 1 made it that way when they divided it up without taking into account sectarian differences, creating Israel without making Jerusalem an international city, invading Iraq based on lies etc. This is why the West has no credibility in the Arab World and it doesn't matter who is President it will remain that way . If it wasn't for oil no one would ever pay attention anyway.
Having managed a Circle K store in Durango in the early 70's I know what that is all about. As for Robots they have already taken over 70% of the car manufacturing business in the last 50 years. Corporations will when they can replace a human with a machine because it is cost effective but there are exceptions. I won't fly on an airplane with just a Robot up front.
The poverty level for a family of 4 is $23600 in 2014 so if they are making a generous $15 an hour(effective in 2017) that gives them $21600 without benefits. For some reason I don't see that as a rich lifestyle. Would you work for that Dan? Hmmmm Would you rather see them on Gov't assistance like McDonald's tells their employees to do across the country to help maintain their $8 Billion profit a year? In reality the taxpayer is subsidizing McDonald's profits.
The US is probably the greatest Nation on earth and Capitalism help put us there. There have been many great people in our history and even great people make mistakes. What makes them great people is that when they make a mistake they are man or woman enough to admit it and if necessary apologize for it. The same goes for our great nation. When it has screwed up it needs to admit it and make amends. Mr. D'Souza is the Michael Moore of the extreme right and he made this movie like Moore for like minded people. They will love his interpretation of history where slavery was good, the Native Americans where going to die anyway from disease and Capitalism was always right. This is a real stretch of the truth. When Japanese-Americans, yes US citizens homes, businesses and possessions where taken from them without due process and they were sent to the camps was not just a mistake but criminal. They were owed an apology and much more. The bailout of Wall St. by the taxpayers to the tune of $780 Billion of which $30 Billion went for bonuses to the people that tanked our economy is just one example of Capitalism gone crazy at our expense. They truly believed "Greed is Good." The invasions of Vietnam and Iraq were big mistakes that took the lives of many thousands. When we all came home from Vietnam we were treated like crap. I'm still waiting for that apology. Yes we are the greatest nation on earth but we are not perfect and when we do screw up we need to admit it, make amends and move on hopefully not making the same mistake in the future. That is what makes us a great nation.
Those votes by the House were to repeal Obamacare, I believe a total of 50. The discussion is something important like Immigration not BS. I happen to be educated about the facts not what FOX or Sarah Palin puts out..
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