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Comment: I call bullshit (Score 1) 238

by rsilvergun (#48861667) Attached to: Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption
If you're talking about America Healthcare is cheaper in every other 1st world country and they have just as many unhealthy people (dear god, have you seen British food?). Heathcare is expensive in America because Regan gutted the education system 30 years ago and we've got a doctor shortage (esp primary care docs) and because we let a large, completely unnecessary industry skim money off the top.

And before anyone tries to blame malpractice insurance it accounts for about 10% of the cost of health care. I forget how pointed this out but: Would you sign a waiver on any mistakes the doctor might commit for a 10% discount on surgery?

Comment: You're looking at it from the wrong end (Score 1) 238

by rsilvergun (#48861635) Attached to: Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption
The disruption is not lower rates for drivers it's bigger profits for investors. 10% of 481 Billion is a nice chunk of change. Throw in some data analytics to get rid of high risk drivers (or charge them 3x what they pay today) and now you're really talkin'

Big Data and Expert Systems suck for everybody except the investor class :(.

Comment: What the heck are you talking about? (Score 1) 316

by rsilvergun (#48838929) Attached to: Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture
What did we get out of the last big housing crisis? There's a ever loving economic crash every 10 years like clockwork. The Republicans pull back the regulations, the economy crashes when rampant speculation runs out of control, the gov't bails out the rich and well connected and the Democrats get voted in to clean up the mess. It's been like this since the 70s, probably since before that.

Christ, the things that get modded up on /. these days...

Comment: Naw, it's functioning as designed (Score 3, Insightful) 316

by rsilvergun (#48837113) Attached to: Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture
The US Constitution was written by a bunch of wealthy land owners. Our representative gov't was specifically designed to ensure they'd keep that land and that the rabble wouldn't get too uppity. They weren't shy about it either. You can read plenty of documents from the time where they talk about it.

Comment: With few exceptions (Score 2) 316

by rsilvergun (#48837103) Attached to: Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture
Republicans are in favor of Civil Asset forfeiture laws. It fits in well with their tough anti-crime stance. So it's not much of stretch to see them opposing this. Even Rand Paul pretty quickly dropped his bill banning civil asset forfeiture (or at least quietly let it die, which is the same thing). This is the first real step taken towards ending the practice since it began.

The real question is: after 40 years of non-stop tax cuts (especially for top earners) how are we going to fill the gaping hole in local law enforcement budgets this'll leave?

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