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  •  pragmatically it sounds reasonable enough... (0+ / 0-)

    ... but we have to be sure about hospitals.

    In an emergency there's no market, there's only saving lives.  So hospitals, in exchange for the various permits and considerations needed to operate, and the enormously lucrative private markets to which they can serve various forms of voluntary care, have to be precluded from any form of cherry picking.  

    And while we're at it, vaccinations need to be covered under the public system and under all private systems, no exceptions.  It would be one thing if unvaccinated people were only at risk themselves, but by decrementing "herd immunity" they put everyone else at risk, as the recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough have shown.

    I would also eliminate "religious exemptions" from vaccination, except for individuals who lived in communities that were entirely self-quarantined from the general public.  As with the Amish, who don't generally do business directly with non-Amish except via the intermediary services of Mennonites, this could work out satisfactorily for all parties concerned, without putting the general public at risk for dangerous disease outbreaks.  

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Wed Apr 25, 2012 at 07:48:00 PM PDT

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