Do you keep full insurance on a 20-year-old Buick? Especially insurance that covers every mechanical and electrical system in the car?
If a 20 year old Buick were dying on you, would you take it to the closest mechanic you could find as soon as humanly possible and not ask the price of fixing it or even if there was a realistic chance of fixing it? No, but that's because a 20 year old Buick going kaput isn't the end of the world. A 40 year old body going kaput very much is the end of someone's world.
No, that's the whole idea behind Obamacare. The idea behind insurance is that it is a personal choice to have it or not. Now it's just a tax that unfairly impacts young healthy people.
Young people get sick. Young people get injured. Young people do not have enough assets to pay for any kind of hospital bills. It can easily cost thousands of dollars just to get diagnosed with something, even if it ends up being a relatively minor thing. Do you know a lot of 20 somethings that can absorb that kind of hospital bill?
Then again, I'd much prefer single payer, because I'm not fucking insane.
Stuff that isn't science that is sure it "knows" is prejudice. By pretending to be science such "stuff" gets to deprive you of you liberty in a court based on prejudice because you're a bit socially eccentric and someone else doesn't like that for "moral" reasons or whatever and wants to "straighten you out" whatever that means to them. Do you dress funny? Have sex? The wrong skin colour? These kinds of things...
To my knowledge, the only way to be forced into any kind of treatment at all (at least in America) is to threaten the life of yourself or of others or if you use insanity as a defense in a crime. The latter one is pretty obviously following due process. The former one is often a pretty high bar to meet and emergency psychiatric beds are in short supply so they tend to be reserved for people who are a real danger. No one in America is getting sent to a padded room for dressing funny, sleeping around too much, or being the wrong skin color (though if you match those criteria, you can get a spot on the Maury to find out who's your baby daddy).
Psychoanalysis has not been checked carefully by experiment
Basically no one does psychoanalysis anymore. Drawing conclusions about the field of psychology based on an outdated model would be like drawing conclusions about physics based on the theory of luminiferous aether or the phlogiston theory.
I could point out that some research on both sides are utterly crap. funding the study of beetles migration habits? yeah I dont think we need to waste money on that one
Unless you care about how it could affect agricultural production. The boll weevil alone does $300 million in damage to cotton crops. The bark beetle and elm leaf beetle carry Dutch elm disease, which has devastated elm trees in both Europe and North America. Another beetle damages potato crops in Idaho. On the other hand, there are beetles that eat pests and the dung beetle saves the cattle industry $380 million every year in dung disposal costs.
It's interesting to hear people talk about "productivity of the economy going up while employees who grow the productivity aren't ripping the reward, instead the owners do". Well excuse me, the owners created the productivity, not the employees. Employees are not adding to productivity, it is the owners, the investors, the capitalists that are improving their productivity. In case of the noodle restaurants the productivity of the owner (investors) of the restaurant is going up, he can serve more noodles with fewer labourers doing manual work, but it costs him the original investment into the labour saving device - the robot.
Except that the labor saving measures tend to require better trained and educated employees. Take an adult from 100 years ago, put them in front of a computer, and you'll get all of nothing.
Now, I know what you're thinking: "Surely that's just a matter of training. The person from 100 years ago had different skill that were probably quite useful." And I'll say "Sure did, and capital had expensive equipment that became obsolete too."