It's also the underlying reason why the two conservative health care panaceas of tort reform and selling insurance across state lines won't do squat to bend the cost curve.
Tort reform doesn't address the underlying problem (and only results in a piddling amount of savings across the board while screwing a lot of people who are legitimately harmed).
Selling insurance across state lines makes the problem worse because it allows the insurers and the middle-men to set up shop in the states with the least consumer protections, enabling them to inflate their costs even more.
However you seem to be forgetting that DOMA was a REACTION to something. It didn't come out of the blue. I wonder what that was... Oh yeah... the over-reaching decisions of SCOTUS... Tell me that the SCOTUS isn't part of the fed with a straight face and that DOMA wasn't a reaction to this. You have an interesting "view" of history. Accuracy doesn't appear to play a role.
OK, for the sake of accuracy...
DOMA was passed by Congress in 1996 in reaction to the possibility that Hawaii would make same-sex marriages legal following a state supreme court ruling on the subject. Hawaii never did because the issue was rendered moot via a state constitutional amendment. Congress decided to guard against future attempts by other states to do the same thing Hawaii had come close to doing.
The SCOTUS? They had nothing to do with Congress reacting to this issue.
This is all history. You should read up on it before you post.
Brilliance in your programming does not equate to a job offer. After all, we already got the work we needed done out of you.
So go back to your friends and get some specific data points. How many of them had non-elective procedures done in the US, and of those how many were covered by Canadian health insurance?
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