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Comment Re:This is the sort of testing the Feds should do. (Score 1, Insightful) 316

> Medicare for everybody. Universal Healthcare.

You just contradicted yourself there. You seem only capable of repeating campaign slogans and know NOTHING of what you're actually talking about.

We already have a mini-NHS. It's called the VA and it's a disgrace. Medicare isn't that hot either. Medicaid is just horrible. If you've got something really interesting going on, you're SOL under Medicaid.

Your communist nonsense doesn't alter the fact that the US develops most of the new techniques, technologies, and drugs. When people want the best, the come to America. They don't go to some socialist utopia.

My _city_ (and probably yours) has more and better medical treatment facilities than the majority of socialist countries (big or small).

I really would rather that "good intentioned" morons like you destroy what we have and the world class treatment centers that are in your city and mine.

Some of us need more from the medical establishment than treatment for the occasional hang nail.

Comment Re:This is the sort of testing the Feds should do. (Score 1) 316

At least Medicare and Medicaid are proper forms of wealth distribution. They aren't something that look like corporate welfare where the government is telling us that we must (under threat of punishment) buy a particular type of product from a small set of corporations.

Wealth distribution funnelled through corporations is the ultimate form of corruption. It's truly sad that more people don't see this.

At least a new "Obamacare tax" would not have been blatantly unconstitutional.

Comment Re:This is the sort of testing the Feds should do. (Score 2) 316

Pre-existing conditions were already a solved problem. It was called high risk pools and it worked very well in various states. It caught people who fell through the cracks and didn't completely break the private insurance market.

That was only the worst case. States with good regulators never let people who developed a chronic condition get dropped from insurance to begin with. People who contributed their entire lives weren't left out in the cold.

Now the entire private market is effectively just the high risk pool from before with prices to match.

Comment Re:This is the sort of testing the Feds should do. (Score 2) 316

Depending on the drug, that extra 5% is relevant. For non-trivial prescription drugs even the brand matters. Different brands have different potencies that have very relevant effects on the patient. A good pharmacy will even be diligent about giving you the same brand of a generic you're already taking.

I see this being less useful for the more expensive drugs versus the cheap OTC stuff.

At a certain point, the cost from wasting an "expired product" becomes so trivial that there is no point in taking even the slightest risk over it.

Comment Re:This is the sort of testing the Feds should do. (Score 0) 316

So you want to completely remove any accountability from corporations just so we can save a few bucks on drugs. That's pretty retarded.

Much of this whining about wasted money is assinine. You don't directly pay for any of this. While it's a potentially huge social cost, it's really just an externality to you.

You don't pay $1800 for the bottle of expensive pills. You only pay $60.

I wouldn't mind sharing my extras, but that opens up a different can of worms, a different regulatory problem, and another potentially DEADLY liability issue.

As someone that pops a lot of these pills, I am not really interested in lowering standards.

Comment Re:Fat people can't help it? (Score 2) 371

> This is a lot of horse shit. There is very little you can do to alter your BMR.

Not at all. Otherwise the Russians wouldn't have survived Stalingrad. Not everyone can do it. That's why a lot of people died. But quite a few people can down clock to only needing 500 calories a day and not quickly die.

If you try to starve yourself and not exercise, your metabolism WILL slow and sabotage your starvation dieting. Doesn't matter if granny was at Stalingrad.

Comment Re:Atkin's is simpler than that (Score 1) 371

You can be a vegetarian and still end up eating mostly junk food.

However, in general a weirdo diet will be helpful because it forces you to really think about what you eat (or at least it should).

The Atkins diet is also a starvation diet because it's hard to restrict carbs that much even if you eliminate carb heavy foods. Plus you end up eating too much fat and WAY too much protein.

Comment Re:Fat people can't help it? (Score 1) 371

Tried by who exactly? The failures don't ever try the basic stuff. At best they try fads and quickly tire of them. The entire concept of dieting is bogus. People think they can do something strange for a short time and their underlying issues will suddenly go away.

Long term fitness requires permanent lifestyle changes and a willingness to completely give up some of your bad habits.

Plus, the worse off you are the more work it's going to be to get back into something resembling human shape.

It's all counter-instinctive thus very hard. Knowing what you have to do is the easy part.

Comment Re:GREAT... (Score 1) 371

> Probably some factories produce brown sugar that way, but that would be pretty retarded.

It actually sounds like a pretty easy way to generate a consistent product, thus a method most likely to be used. You aren't really stupid enough to trust corporations that much are you? The only reasonable assumption is that "it's people" unless there's a specific disclaimer on the product.

Otherwise, it is certain to be the cheapest piece of crap possible possibly flaunting what few real food regulations we actually have.

Comment Re:GREAT... (Score 1) 371

It's funny you should mention OJ since I stay away from the stuff that's been ripped apart and put back together. I also tend to avoid non whole milk products for the same reason. I don't trust the average executive any farther than I could throw him.

If it's for a recipe, I will make my own juice myself. Generates a far superior result.

Comment Re:no extra calories? (Score 1) 371

Forget "citations". Get a blood sugar meter and test yourself.

Those things are cheap and easy to use. No need to trust anyone else's word on the subject. You can even eliminate your own biological variation as a factor.

Artificial sweeteners are also thought to be hard on your liver regardless of what it does to your blood sugar.

I might have to try this myself just for the lulz sometime. Although I have been trying to be real nice to my liver these days.

Comment Re: no extra calories? (Score 1) 371

Don't eat all the time. Eat 3 sensible meals. Cut out the sweets, snacks, and liquid sugar. My next door neighbor lost a lot of weight by doing nothing more than just giving up soda.

A product targeted at people with poor eating habits is associated with poor outcomes? Imagine that.

It's like people dying during a cancer drug trial.

Comment Re:Lenders Hate This One Weird Trick! (Score 5, Informative) 399

It's not bullshit. Any creditor has to be able to prove that you owe them money. it doesn't require a "special kit". It just requires standing up for yourself.

Don't trust a bill just because someone sent it to you. It could be a billing error or blatant fraud. Scam artists send out small medical bills betting on the mark being diligent enough to pay their bills but not anal enough to track everything they do.

Hospitals screw up bills more often than not.

A whole batch of mortgages were nullified in Texas because the proper paperwork was never filed with the relevant government body. The Yankee corporation in question thought they didn't have to bother. Didn't go over will with the Texas judge in question.

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