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Comment Re: Who knew? (Score 1) 294

A tax break is not debt forgiveness. A tax break is a reduction in the tax you owe.

You get a tax break (I'm assuming you work for a living, which is probably a bad assumption considering your attitude that the government owns everyone and everything) all over the place, from AFDC, EIBT, Standard deductions, healthcare deductions, electric car credit, energy efficiency credit, etc. etc. Not to mention if you don't work, you can get housing credit, EBT food, etc. (except you don't if you're living in your parents basement while planning the Communist Revolution. So YOU are actually a public employee working for the Federal government.

Comment Re: Market failure (Score 1) 428

You're looking at it selfishly. Try looking more at what benefits a society as a whole, or in this case, what benefits the most people.

I pay less (in terms of how much I have to work to get the money) and get priority treatment.

What if, instead, you have twice as much money because you worked twice as hard. Would it be immoral to offer $40 because you have more in that case? Or would you compare each others' current funds and the person with the least amount of money should be the only one allowed to bid?

Comment Re:is she really a mito kid? (Score 3, Informative) 294

Can anyone provide any evidence that this girl actually has a mitochondrial disorder? I take care of a lot of very complex mito kiddos, and the really sick ones are attached to drips 24 hours a day.

Well... there's the evidence that while being treated for it she was doing okay (could walk, skate, talk, etc.), but when that treatment was removed and denied, she deteriorated to the point that she was in a wheelchair and had trouble talking, then when treatment for mito resumed, she improved significantly.

So, there's that.

Comment Re:Who knew? (Score 1) 294

The parents have found a single doctor who said it might be mitochondrial problems, but after all this time it has still not been established. The parents refuse to get a proper muscle biopsy done, something that could clarify if that is the actual cause.

The hospital had full custody of her and provided any treatment they saw fit for 16 months. Why didn't they do a "proper muscle biopsy"? Oh, right, because one of their "experts" diagnosed it as psychological, so there was no need to check for anything else. Even while her health was getting worse and worse the whole time.

Aside from that, a muscle biopsy (typically multiple are required, and they are painful) will not necessarily produce a definitive answer.

For some conditions it remains a real challenge to detect the mitochondrial abnormality. This might be because the biochemical change that we see is very subtle or alternatively because there are many, many hundreds of different genetic defects in patients with mitochondrial disease. The identification of these mutations can be like searching for a needle in a haystack.

Not sure why you want to vilify the parents and accuse them of lying after it is so clear the Children's Hospital is at fault, here. Wait... are you posting from Boston?

Comment Re:Who knew? (Score 1) 294

Private hospitals. Now part of the 'nanny state'.

Boston Children's Hospital may be "private" by your definition, but it's an entirely tax-exempt organization that receives millions of dollars in Federal funding every year. It's more like a public/private partnership.

So, yea, part of the 'nanny state'.

Comment Re:Who knew? (Score 1) 294

That said, I don't think that justifies attacking the hospital electronically or physically; just through legal channels. But the hospital and courts were complete and utter pieces of shit in this case.

So the courts were utter pieces of shit, but you still think there is some "legal channel" available to attack them through? There really wasn't, which is why this guy is a hero for bringing attention to the malfeasance. Legal channels had already failed the child and her family, and left her at the mercy of these psychopathic bureaucrats.

Comment Re: Market failure (Score 3, Insightful) 428

the market trumps basic morality

No, you're completely missing the point. The point is, the market was able to create a moral outcome (lowering the shortage of drivers) by using market incentives (pay drivers more so there will be more drivers).

Would it be more "moral" to leave the rates alone, allow the shortage of drivers as-is, and have more people standing on the sidewalk unable to get an Uber ride home?

Comment Re: Market failure (Score 1) 428

affecting the economy as a whole due to lack of options and an enormous entry barrier.

The most effective barriers to entry are the ones erected by government regulation (often at the behest of incumbent corporations). Companies are rarely able to erect those barriers themselves without compliant government bureaucrats. As an example, when Uber and Lyft left Austin, TX, 5 other ridesharing companies showed up to take up the slack (two of the dedicated to Austin).

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