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Comment: Re:Obamacare exists because... (Score 1) 285

by jonwil (#46804157) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

I live in Australia and most medical practioners dont care how you pay. I bought glasses recently and the optometrist charged me no different because I was claiming on my health insurance (why would they, they get the same amount no matter how I pay)

It should be like that in the US,

Comment: Re:Obamacare exists because... (Score 1) 285

by jonwil (#46803419) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

Anyone who chooses to pay for cable TV, internet access or cellphone service instead of paying for necessary medical care is an idiot IMO (the exceptions being if not paying for the service will cost more in termination charges than paying for it would or if having the service is essential for the job that person is in or for finding a job for that person)

Comment: Re:Obamacare exists because... (Score 1) 285

by jonwil (#46803403) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

What is needed is a law or regulation that requires medical care (anything from a visit to a doctor to a prosthetic hand to an MRI to major surgery to a pair of prescription sunglasses) to cost exactly the same amount no matter how it is paid for.

Shouldn't matter whether its being paid for by a government program, by an insurance company, by a corporate health plan or by an individual with cash, it should cost the same amount for the same service.

Comment: The only real winner from corn ethanol... (Score 1) 158

by jonwil (#46803395) Attached to: Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

The only real winner from corn ethanol is giant agribusiness companies who produce the GM corn seeds, sell the massive amount of chemicals the corn requires and makes ethanol from the result. It does nothing to reduce green house gas emissions. It does nothing to reduce the dependance on foreign oil (especially given all the oil-derived products required to grown that corn including the diesel for the tractors and harvesters). And it probably doesn't put all that much extra money in the pockets of small corn farmers.

Ethanol from hemp or switch grass or any number of other plants is much better for the environment, doesn't require anywhere near as many inputs, can be grown on land that other stuff wont grow on, can genuinely reduce dependance on oil (foreign or otherwise) AND can reduce green house gas emissions. But there is no "Switch grass lobby" to fight the corn lobby so everything is pushed to corn ethanol and the planet is worse because of it.

Comment: Re:Cars are a luxury (Score 1) 389

by jonwil (#46796535) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

If you live in an area where the only way to get from where you live to where you study is private transport (be that a car you own or something else like a taxi) you may not think a car is a luxury.

But if you are doing that, you are also stupid for not living somewhere close to campus (or to public transport links to campus)

Comment: Re:Your local newspaper (Score 1) 285

by jonwil (#46774043) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Here in Australia, my experience is that the genuinely local newspapers (limited to specific suburbs or council areas and usually available for free every week) are great as a way of finding out whats going on in the local area. The normal daily newspapers are full of crap and not worth reading.

Comment: Australia isn't bad (Score 1) 386

by jonwil (#46761329) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Here in Oz we dont have state income taxes or state returns to worry about and if you don't want to use an accountant or tax agent to do the return (because you have a simple return), you can just file it electronically with the free government-supplied etax app. (or as a paper form if you really want to)

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