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Comment Re:Even supporters should want to kill this thing (Score 1) 398

Sure that's great if they want to splurge for $8 at subway twice a day, but that's quite a bit of money. Those cheap pre-packaged meals (cheaper thanks to corn subsidies) are more likely to be in a good price range at a couple dollars per meal. Even eating a reasonable amount of heavily processed (and cheap) food will take it's toll on the health of most people.

Comment Re:Even supporters should want to kill this thing (Score 1) 398

NASA certainly has thousands of pages of documents for going to space. Are you saying we should make a national health agency and just give it money?

For the vast majority, being poor isn't a "mistake". It's not always possible to live the healthiest lifestyle without money. But go ahead and live with your "poor people should die" theory. As long as you don't have to get close to them, you should be ok.

Comment Re:Even supporters should want to kill this thing (Score 1) 398

There's no easy solution to health care that's going to be doable with a 3-page bill. Health care is a very complicated system so it will require a complicated bill.

Just to be clear on your position: You believe that it's better for us to keep funding (expensive) emergency care rather than (cheap) preventative care, poor people that can't afford that should just die (because they're just lazy for being poor), and anyone who has any medical condition has it because of something they did to themself.

Wouldn't it be nicer if people weren't tied to an employer for health insurance (and not at their mercy)? How about the poor person that gets injured in a hit and run? They should die because they weren't responsible enough to spend their minimum wage job on health insurance instead of food?

The crazy libertarian view may seem nice if everyone is able to provide for themselves, but in our reality, corporations are always trying to screw people out of their money so not everyone can afford to pay the high costs of hospital care.

Comment Re:Even supporters should want to kill this thing (Score 1) 398

So your statement "The Democrats couldn't get a majority of their party" is true because 67% is not a majority? Who taught you math?

Malpractice reform: Malpractice accounts for ~30 billion. Assuming we can cut that down to 0 we've saved almost 2%, but a 2% that will shrink over time as other costs rise. While helpful, it's not a long term solution.

Cross-state insurance: A logistical nightmare for insurance companies - it's not like people are going to travel from New York to North Dakota to visit their doctor so the insurance company has to expand their network to the entire country. It might increase competition (if enough companies went for it), similar to how the new health care exchanges have been working.

"Cost control" is great as long as it's not just "we're going to lower coverage as rates go up". That's sort of the opposite of helping people.

You know what things people love and are very popular? Covering pre-existing conditions, students stay on their parents insurance, no life time caps. Problem is you can't just include those things if people can just get insurance as soon as they get sick - hence the insurance mandate.

Going back to lowering costs - when we cover comprehensive, then people can stay healthy and get care when it's cheap. Catastrophic health care is much more expensive. I'd much rather my health insurance gave grandma $20 for a flu shot than $20,000 for a hospital stay. It's a more long term solution to lowering costs that is needed.

It's weird how some people don't think we should provide health care to our citizens now in the modern world. Pretty much all the other first world countries do and they have much cheaper health care costs with much healthier citizens.

Comment Re:Even supporters should want to kill this thing (Score 1) 398

The Democrats couldn't even get a majority of their own party on board to support a public option

What you mean is actually "The Democrats couldn't even get a majority on board to support a public option". If the senate was all Democrats, they could have passed it easily, but the Republicans wouldn't even come to the table. The whole health care concept even came out of a Republican think tank.

What ideas did the Republicans want again?

Comment Re:Logic and "Affirming the Consequent" (Score 2) 314

You could read what the article is saying. They monitored and acknowledged that there was piracy, but there was a large increase the last week that correlated with the lack of a legal alternative for TW customers. That's pretty good evidence showing that sprinklers are making the sidewalk more wet. No one's saying that it doesn't rain - everyone knows it rains, that's a given, but this sprinkler theory is often debated by the big media so this provides a good example.

Comment Re:Even supporters should want to kill this thing (Score 1) 398

Obamacare is unfixable. It needs to be put down like a rabid dog and THEN we can evaluate what our options are after that.

The problem is people like you that are entirely inflexible. There are definitely flaws in ObamaCare - it's a huge bill - but most bills that size would have been updated and fixed a few times by congress. Unfortunately, there are some in congress that would rather not fix it, but just go back and start again.

It's been a few years now since ObamaCare's been passed, where are the better ideas? The only thing we've seen are minor things (e.g. malpractice reform) from Republicans that would do little to bring down costs and not insure more people.

Going back would likely cause insurance companies to raise rates again as they could use the excuse plus they wouldn't be restricted by how much money has to go towards health care any more.

Comment Re:Dumbing down is out of hand (Score 1) 365

But you're smart enough to go to the about:config page whereas Joe User isn't smart enough to find it in the normal preferences.

It may not be your problem, but it is Mozilla's problem if their users are having problems with the Internet being broken on their computers.

Realistically how often do you turn off JS that way anyways? I'm willing to bet Mozilla has stats showing it's about never. The people that would turn off JS use NoScript instead. It's not a bad move to remove features that no one uses from the main interface.

Comment Re:A question worth asking, other half of Google i (Score 1) 382

Probably the other searches weren't even taken into account. It seems more like the police asked about pressure cookers so the dad said "oh yeah I was searching for those the other day" and then mom remembers "oh I was searching for backpacks" then they put those together with the recent news about the NSA and hit the media with it.

Comment Re:Seriously? I mean seriously? (Score 1) 411

You seem to be confusing things that sometimes happen in the US with things that always happen in the US.

1. I've seen a dui roadblock once in the US (another one in Canada). The officer asked a couple questions ("had I been drinking?" "no") then let me on my way. It's not like the Iraqi style checkpoints where the whole vehicle gets searched over.
2. That's a generalization. Some airports just have metal detectors. If you're flying on a private plane you won't see any of that. Pretty much the same in other countries.
3. That may be true for some police officers (the ones you see on youtube), but you're not going to read about the millions of friendly interactions that happen. I bet you could find similar bad apple officers in other countries.
4. There are very few cases of this. The Swartz case was terrible, there are others like it that shouldn't have happened either, but lots of countries prosecute computer crimes.

We do have problems with our drug laws and sentencing, but that doesn't make us a Police state like Syria.

As for an American freedom most countries don't have - out first amendment rights are a great example. Now I know you're going to say "OMG but Bush's freedom of speech zones and that time a police officer silenced someone!" but the reality is we have much more protection to say what we want than other countries in the world. Just look at the KKK and Nazi parades that are allowed.

You seem to think that there are all these perfect countries outside of the US, but failed to list a single one of them (aside from the ones with friendly police - Cuba, Laos, Columbia, and Malaysia). Is that because they're all imaginary or because you wouldn't want people to find similar counter examples for those countries?

Comment Re:Apropos lowest retail cost (Score 1) 322

The second is a shower head which they price at $437.22. Again, you don't buy a shower head every year, the $400+ ones will have a 10-year warranty and are going to be of significantly better quality than what comes out of a 3-D printer.

I've bought a shower head in the past. It cost $25. Looking on amazon, there are even some in the $5 range! There are a few in the expensive range that cost hundreds of dollars, but those also include quite a bit of plumbing, polished chrome/brass, knobs, and are made of metal. Even those are over priced. It seems the "researchers" just want to amazon and clicked "sort price high to low" then picked the first results.

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