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Comment Re:Are you smarter than a Trump supporter? (Score 3, Informative) 522

What I don't understand is why Clinton supporters always resort to insults.

It's all they have. They can't run on her record or her predecessor's record, they have to know their policy prescriptions stink on ice and would be about as popular with the public as pralines-and-dick ice cream...so out come the insults.

Comment Re:No sh!t they're trying to hide something (Score 1) 610

I'm tired of people blowing off Clinton's long train of scandals and crimes with the same old rationalizations: "you can't prove it" and "Bush/some other Republican did it too".

The importance of them using the second rationalization is that they are agreeing with you that Hillary did it and that it is indeed wrong. You could respond, "Thank you for confessing that I am right!"

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'.

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