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Comment Re:You've got to be shitting me. (Score 2, Insightful) 422

I could be wrong, but I thing the GGP's "anything better to do" was sarcastic, pointing at the fact that the police have lots of better things to be doing, so why are we hiring them out to police private parties? I don't necessarily agree with him, just pointing out the alternative interpretation.

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Doctor Slams Hospital's "Please" Policy 572

Administrators at England's Worthing Hospital are insisting that doctors say the magic word when writing orders for blood tests on weekends. If a doctor refuses to write "please" on the order, the test will be refused. From the article: "However, a doctor at the hospital said on condition of anonymity that he sees the policy as a money-saving measure that could prove dangerous for patients. 'I was shocked to come in on Sunday and find none of my bloods had been done from the night before because I'd not written "please,"' the doctor said. 'I had no results to guide treatment of patients. Myself and a senior nurse had to take the bloods ourselves, which added hours to our 12-hour shifts. This system puts patients' lives at risk. Doctors are wasting time doing the job of the technicians.'"
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OpenTTD 1.0.0 Released 107

Gmer writes "Eming.com reports that OpenTTD, the open source clone of the Microprose game Transport Tycoon Deluxe, has reached a milestone. OpenTTD 1.0.0 has been released 6 years after work started on the first version, with the help of hundreds of contributors and thousands of testers/players. Over 30 language translations are considered complete, and OpenTTD is available for *BSD, Linux, Solaris and Windows. OpenTTD is a business simulation game in which the player is in control of a transport company and can compete against rival companies to make as much profit as possible by transporting passengers and various goods by road, rail, sea or air."

Comment Re:It is bad, wrong way to go about it (Score 1) 2044

It costs money to get people health insurance. That doesn't mean that the government's going to be providing that insurance.

Where do you get a trillion dollars from? The CBO has this to say:

CBO and JCT estimate that enacting both pieces of legislation—H.R. 3590 and the
reconciliation proposal— would produce a net reduction in federal deficits of $138
billion over the 2010–2019 period as result of changes in direct spending and revenue
(see the top panel of Table 1 and subtitle A of title II on Table 5).

Comment Re:It is bad, wrong way to go about it (Score 1) 2044

All regulation of any kind is "running" the thing that is being regulated.

OK, so the person who writes the RFC on SMTP, saying what SMTP servers can and can't do, is then running all of the world's SMTP servers? You don't think you might be approaching this from a somewhat.. hardline perspective?

Comment Re:It is bad, wrong way to go about it (Score 1) 2044

Go to the actual proposal on whitehouse.gov [whitehouse.gov] and read it for yourself.

I don't see anything about an expansion of Medicare there - it proposes closing the donut hole and other tightening. You're right that it expands Medicaid - but more in the nature of a tweak than anything significant.

You may prefer to look at the current text of the bill.

Comment Re:It is bad, wrong way to go about it (Score 1) 2044

Page 116:

        TITLE II—EDUCATION AND
        2 HEALTH
        3 Subtitle A—Education
        4 SEC. 2001. SHORT TITLE; REFERENCES.
        5 (a) SHORT TITLE.—This subtitle may be cited as the
        6 ‘‘SAFRA Act’’.

Perhaps you ought to read through a newer version of the bill.

Comment Re:It is bad, wrong way to go about it (Score 1) 2044

Medicare and medicaid ... will be expanded to cover something like 15-20 million additional Americans

Do you have a source for that?

Everyone else gets mandated employer insurance

There's an individual mandate, but nobody has said that it has to be via your employer.

Comment Re:News For Nerds (Score 1) 2044

"After controlling for enabling and need characteristics in logistic regression models, Veterans Administration (VA)-only users were 2 to 8 times more satisfied with their outpatient care than were VA nonusers on 5 out of 10 satisfaction measures.". Oh, and I have a source. You appear to have a mysterious "Someone in Congress".

Also, the proposed health care bill doesn't set up anything even slightly like the VA. VA -> single provider of health care, like the NHS in Britain. The proposed public option would have been a step toward having a single payer, but still with multiple independent providers. The proposed bill doesn't introduce either.

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