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The problem is not that there aren't enough people buying health insurance, it is that it is too expensive to afford.
To fix that we need to fix the way we practice medicine and the way health insurance companies operate.
Quite frankly, I have no beef with Medicare. I'm not old enough to participate, so i have no first hand experience, but it sounds like there is less red tape, corruption, and profiteering than most health insurance companies.
I would love to see a single-payer system set up that actually worked. I'd even be willing to settle for a public health insurance option, so long as it is not tied to employment.
However, I agree that none of the options on the table currently are very appealing and the thought of government mandating people purchase health insurance coverage is ridiculous and does not solve the true problem.
That is how they will force everyone (who works) to pay into it.
They won't force you to USE medicare. You can always choose to go to a private hospital (as you can in Canada).
Well I'm sure Lord Adonis has no problem showing off his perfect greco-roman body, but what about the rest of us?
Aren't all religious holidays in the US "stolen-by-commercialism."
Valentine's day: You must buy things to please your significant other, or they will leave you.
Easter: You must by candy for your kids, or they will hate you.
Christmas: You must buy things for everyone you love, know, or are acquainted with in any way, or they will think you are cheap or poor.
The only holidays that aren't commercialized are various memorial days (but even then, there are sales to be had at the local mall).
Avogadro's number isn't some fundamental constant. It is just like a dozen. It just so happens that we chose a dozen to be 12 (or 13 or 11 depending on where you live).
It is 6.022E23 g-mol^-1 and 2.73E26 lb-mol^-1
Send it to me, I'll do it for cheaper.