Barack Obama, our next President

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ... Read more
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#870577 Mar 8, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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Where does the US rank on the VAT tax?
Is that what you advocate?
Jimmy

Newington, CT

#870578 Mar 8, 2013
carol wrote:
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Apparently, quite a few other liberals were upset their fellow liberals didn't join this fight.
But the Democratic Party is no longer about principle. It's about power at any cost, ideology over rationality and demonizing before applying any measure of common sense.
"I didn't leave the Democratic Party. It left me."
Ronald Reagan
Hopefully, at least moderate democrats are starting to think the same thing.
I cound't agree more with you Carol. It's ironic you use this as an example. I left the Democrat Party too when Bill Clinto was president! I did it for the very same reason. There is nothing left in that party appealing. Just a bunch of lying, crazy, frustrated and angry anti-American misfits.
Jane Says

New York, NY

#870579 Mar 8, 2013
SINGLE PAYER MYTH NO. 3: A single-payer system would save money on administrative costs.

Single-payer advocates often claim that the U.S. private sector health care system is wasteful, spending far more on administrative costs than do government-run single-payer systems. According to single-payer advocates David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler, "Streamlining administrative overhead to Canadian levels would save approximately $286.0 billion in 2003,$6,940 for each of the 41.2 million Americans who were uninsured as of 2001."

Yet comparisons of private sector administrative costs with those of government are misleading. Many government administrative expenses are EXCLUDED in such comparisons, such as what it costs employers and government to collect the taxes needed to fund the single-payer system, and the salaries of politicians and their staff members who set government health-care policy (the salary costs of executives and boards of directors who set company policy are included in private sector administrative costs).

But even if the U.S. would save money on administrative costs by switching to a single-payer system, the savings would prove temporary.

The main cause of rising health care costs is not administrative costs, but OVER-USE of health care. A single-payer system would not solve that problem. Indeed, it would make it worse.
Jimmy

Newington, CT

#870580 Mar 8, 2013
Nuculur option wrote:
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Carol's been stuck on that piece of stupidity for several years now.
She oscillates between calling blacks stupid for not voting Republiclown to these stupid claims that blacks have been fooled by the Democrats.
Yet she doesn't see the ugly racism and bigotry in her words!!
She's that stupid!!
Lie much?
THE POPE

Zagreb, Croatia

#870581 Mar 8, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Indian telemarketers often speak better English than telemarketers based in the US.
NO KIDDING? THEN YOU TALK TO THEM THEN.
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#870582 Mar 8, 2013
Charles Krauthammer:

...Awlaki was no ordinary enemy. He was a U.S. citizen. By what right does the president order the killing by drone of an American? Where’s the due process?

Answer: Once you take up arms against the United States, you become an enemy combatant, thereby forfeiting the privileges of citizenship and the protections of the Constitution, including due process. You retain only the protection of the laws of war — no more and no less than those of your foreign comrades-in-arms.

Lincoln steadfastly refused to recognize the Confederacy as a separate nation. The soldiers that his Union Army confronted at Antietam were American citizens in rebellion — killed without due process. Nor did the Americans storming German bunkers at Normandy inquire before firing if there were any German-Americans among them — to be excused for gentler treatment while the other Germans were mowed down.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130217/CO...
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#870583 Mar 8, 2013
Nuculur option wrote:
Again, you lie.
Obnama just asked Boehner to close loopholes, and Boehner refused, saying Obama got all the tax increases he will get.
So where you getting this bullshit from?
The House refuses to close loopholes that most Americans support closing. Especially perks for the wealthy and Corporations.
But your Republiclown heroes want to cut YOUR benefits, just when your failing health needs them most, eh smokey??
Never seen someons as dumb as yourself, willing to cut her own throat so you can support multi millionaires!!
No cure for your kind of dumb.
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Galt supports eliminating ALL loopholes, deductions, and tax credits in favor of lower rates.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#870584 Mar 8, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Cost would be in the range of 15% to 20% of all personal income.
That's what current employee benefits are worth.
Try to eat that tax bill!
You want an easy way to fix this damn tax problem? It won't cost one cent! Get rid of withholding. Make every taxpayer write the three or four checks every payday. Make them feel the pain! Ask somebody how much they make. The first words out of their mouth will be 'I bring home'. Most people can't even tell you what their gross pay is without looking.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#870585 Mar 8, 2013
TSM wrote:
Isn’t this Typical of Liberals “Do as I say, Not as I Do” White House Taking No Actions Yet to Cut Back Its Budget!!
Why do you even bother? You're way to dumb to comprehend anything.
Go out and have fun; ignorance is bliss.
Jane Says

New York, NY

#870586 Mar 8, 2013
SINGLE PAYER MYTH No. 4: Single-payer will provide fair and quality care for everyone.

Leftist Dave Zweifel claims that the U.S. "could make the system so much more fair by enacting a national single-payer health plan." Jonathan Cohn, when asked why he had faith that the government could run the health care system for all when it didn't do it very well for the poor, responded, "My answer is that they do it, and do it well, abroad."

Well, no they don't. According to Canada's Fraser Institute:

... a profusion of research reveals that cardiovascular surgery queues are routinely jumped by the famous and politically-connected, that suburban and rural residents confront barriers to access not encountered by their urban counterparts, and that low-income Canadians have less access to specialists, particularly cardiovascular ones, are less likely to utilize diagnostic imaging, and have lower cardiovascular and cancer survival rates than their higher-income neighbours.

It isn't much better in Great Britain. Take a look at the Saga 'Good Hospital Guide' for British hospitals. Compare the ones in Inner London, which tend to be in wealthier areas, to the ones in Outer London, which tend to be in poorer areas.

You'll notice that in general, the ones in Inner London have more doctors and nurses per bed, shorter wait times for MRIs and hip replacements, and lower mortality ratios.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#870587 Mar 8, 2013
Jimmy wrote:
<quoted text>
I cound't agree more with you Carol. It's ironic you use this as an example. I left the Democrat Party too when Bill Clinto was president! I did it for the very same reason. There is nothing left in that party appealing. Just a bunch of lying, crazy, frustrated and angry anti-American misfits.
Gunner; it's the Republican party that is anti American. Not only anti American worker, but also anti women, gay, veteran, elderly, student, immigrant, education, children, civil rights, medicare, medicaide, social security, epa, hell, what in hell are you for anyway?
THE POPE

Zagreb, Croatia

#870588 Mar 8, 2013
Jane Says wrote:
SINGLE PAYER MYTH NO. 1: Everyone has access to health care a single-payer system.
Everyone in a single-payer system has health insurance, not necessarily health CARE.
While the government in a single-payer system will pay for everyone's health care, it limits the access to health care. In a single-payer system, citizens often believe that "the government" is paying for their health care. When people perceive that someone else is paying for something, they tend to over-use it. In a single-payer health care system, people over-use health care. This puts strain on government health care budgets, and to contain costs governments must ration care.
Governments in a single-payer system ration care using waiting lists for surgery and diagnostic procedures and by canceling surgeries. As the Canadian Supreme Court said upon ruling unconstitutional a Quebec law that banned private health care, "ACCESS TO A WAITING LIST IS NOT ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE."
SIGH. NO, NO THEY DON'T. IN OTHER COUNTRIES THEY RECOGNIZE THE VALUE OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THEY HAVE AND TREAT IT WITH RESPECT. PEOPLE WHO HAVE LEGITIMATE COMPLAINTS, MALPRACTICE, MISDIAGNOSIS, LONG WAITS FOR SERVICE, DECLINE TO DO SO BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO BE A BURDEN ON THE REST OF THE NATION. HOW COOL IS THAT? IT'S JUST THAT YOU, IN PARTICULAR, ARE TOO SCARED, TOO GREEDY, TOO SELF-CENTERED TO EVEN REMEMBER THERE'S ANYONE IN THIS COUNTRY BUT YOU. NOW GET OUT THERE AND POUND THE PAVEMENT, WHORE, TIME'S A WASTIN' AND TIME IS MONEY...
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#870589 Mar 8, 2013
In Defense of Obama’s Drone War

The case for the use of drones is clear, but the DOJ didn’t make it.

By Charles Krauthammer

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/340747...

they couldn't make the case but he does.

Pulitzer!

Since: May 11

Loysville, PA

#870590 Mar 8, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Dream on Alice! If you believe that then I got a goose that lays golden eggs for sell!
So you remain ignorant by choice.

Just as i figured.
Jane Says

New York, NY

#870591 Mar 8, 2013
SINGLE PAYER MYTH NO. 5: A single-payer system will leave medical decisions to a patients and his or her doctor.

According to Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a group pushing for a single-payer system in the U.S.:

There is a myth that, with national health insurance, the government will be making the medical decisions. But in a publicly-financed, universal health care system medical decisions are left to the patient and doctor, as they should be. This is true even in the countries like the UK and Spain that have socialized medicine.

Yet PNHP seems to be talking out of both sides of its mouth. Here is how PNHP addresses the question of how to keep doctors from doing too many procedures in a single-payer system:

[Doing too many procedures] is a problem in systems that reimburse physicians on a fee-for-service basis. In today's health system, another problem is physicians doing too little for patients. So the real question is, "how do we discourage both overcare and undercare"? One approach is to compare physicians' use of tests and procedures to their peers with similar patients.

A physician who is "off the curve" will stand out.

Another way is to set spending targets for each specialty. This encourages doctors to be prudent stewards and to make sure their colleagues are as well, because any doctor doing unnecessary procedures will be taking money away from other physicians in the same specialty.

In practice what this will mean is medical decisions will be left up to you and your doctor as long as your doctor isn't doing too many (or too few) procedures and is within a spending target.

The truth is that single-payer systems often interfere with treatment decisions. For example, most single-payer systems have bureaucracies that delay the approval of new drugs, preventing patients from using them. Alice Mahon, a former member of the British parliament, needed the drug Lucentis to slow her macular degeneration. Because of delays due to the National Health Service not yet having approved Lucentis at the time of her diagnosis, Mahon lost much of the sight in her left eye.

In 1999, Canadian patient Daniel Smith, a cystic fibrosis sufferer, and his doctors agreed that he needed a lung transplant. But his surgery was cancelled by administrators because an open hospital bed could not be found.

So much for medical decisions being left to patients and their doctors.

“It's always darkest 'fore dawn”

Since: Jul 08

When's dawn?

#870592 Mar 8, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
How much is your eyesight worth?
Galt is more interested in the quality of medical care than in the cost. If the most expensive eye surgeon is the best, that is where Galt goes.
On my tax dollars? BTW, I'm not sure how good a surgeon Rand Paul is--he invented his own board and certified himself, but that's probably just something libertarians do as rugged individualists...

Since: May 11

Loysville, PA

#870593 Mar 8, 2013
Jane Says wrote:
SINGLE PAYER MYTH No. 4: Single-payer will provide fair and quality care for everyone.
Leftist Dave Zweifel claims that the U.S. "could make the system so much more fair by enacting a national single-payer health plan." Jonathan Cohn, when asked why he had faith that the government could run the health care system for all when it didn't do it very well for the poor, responded, "My answer is that they do it, and do it well, abroad."
Well, no they don't. According to Canada's Fraser Institute:
... a profusion of research reveals that cardiovascular surgery queues are routinely jumped by the famous and politically-connected, that suburban and rural residents confront barriers to access not encountered by their urban counterparts, and that low-income Canadians have less access to specialists, particularly cardiovascular ones, are less likely to utilize diagnostic imaging, and have lower cardiovascular and cancer survival rates than their higher-income neighbours.
It isn't much better in Great Britain. Take a look at the Saga 'Good Hospital Guide' for British hospitals. Compare the ones in Inner London, which tend to be in wealthier areas, to the ones in Outer London, which tend to be in poorer areas.
You'll notice that in general, the ones in Inner London have more doctors and nurses per bed, shorter wait times for MRIs and hip replacements, and lower mortality ratios.
Myth. Our current system provides equal access.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#870594 Mar 8, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
Charles Krauthammer:
...Awlaki was no ordinary enemy. He was a U.S. citizen. By what right does the president order the killing by drone of an American? Where’s the due process?
Answer: Once you take up arms against the United States, you become an enemy combatant, thereby forfeiting the privileges of citizenship and the protections of the Constitution, including due process. You retain only the protection of the laws of war — no more and no less than those of your foreign comrades-in-arms.
Lincoln steadfastly refused to recognize the Confederacy as a separate nation. The soldiers that his Union Army confronted at Antietam were American citizens in rebellion — killed without due process. Nor did the Americans storming German bunkers at Normandy inquire before firing if there were any German-Americans among them — to be excused for gentler treatment while the other Germans were mowed down.
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130217/CO...
That's it in a nutshell; the teaparty anti government white supremacists are afraid of being droned as they hide in their bunkers clutching their guns and refusing to pay their taxes.
That is absolutely it. Thanks sourkraut.

Since: May 11

Loysville, PA

#870595 Mar 8, 2013
Jane Says wrote:
SINGLE PAYER MYTH NO. 3: A single-payer system would save money on administrative costs.
Single-payer advocates often claim that the U.S. private sector health care system is wasteful, spending far more on administrative costs than do government-run single-payer systems. According to single-payer advocates David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler, "Streamlining administrative overhead to Canadian levels would save approximately $286.0 billion in 2003,$6,940 for each of the 41.2 million Americans who were uninsured as of 2001."
Yet comparisons of private sector administrative costs with those of government are misleading. Many government administrative expenses are EXCLUDED in such comparisons, such as what it costs employers and government to collect the taxes needed to fund the single-payer system, and the salaries of politicians and their staff members who set government health-care policy (the salary costs of executives and boards of directors who set company policy are included in private sector administrative costs).
But even if the U.S. would save money on administrative costs by switching to a single-payer system, the savings would prove temporary.
The main cause of rising health care costs is not administrative costs, but OVER-USE of health care. A single-payer system would not solve that problem. Indeed, it would make it worse.
Fact: The administration of Medicare is far more efficient than that of insurance companies.
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#870596 Mar 8, 2013
KRAUTHAMMER: No I think there are principles at stake. I respect the opposition on this issue, but I don't see any alternative to having unity of command in the conduct of the war. And the principle here even if you attack an American as we did al-Awlaki, if you take up arms against the United States, even if you are a U.S. citizen.

O'REILLY: That's treason.

KRAUTHAMMER: You forfeit the privileges of citizenship including the protections of the Constitution and the Fifth Amendment due process. And once you do that by being an enemy combatant we can drone you the way that we do an Afghan or a Saudi or a Yemeni. There is no difference.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/oreilly/2013/02...

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