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  •  to sequence genomes? (0+ / 0-)

    Yeh, but my wife just had a root canal and crown that cost $800 WITH insurance and my friend who lost her job and was diagnosed with Lupus can't afford Cobra, and I've got this suspicious little pain in my back that I'm curious about, but I'm not sure I'm covered for a consultation...............but I sure am glad that Harvard  scientists obtained a huge federal grant to sequence genomes that might extend my life to 100 or create a customized cancer cure when I'm the meantime

    Can some of those braniac scientists return some of that computer money and hit the streets with their high IQs making inroads into any of the policies, programs that are effecting tens of millions of us today in small, practical ways?

    I know it's not as glamorous or well paid or cutting edge, but it just might have greater practical effect.

    •  Scientists well-paid? (0+ / 0-)

      On what planet?

      Here is the funny thing: it's not the inventors of things like dental drills that set the price of medical care, is it?

      Or are these "brainiacs" responsible for everything that is wrong?

      I tend to think whoever invented the torture named root canals was trying to solve the problem of rotten teeth.

      And you might consider that some people less than 80 might want their cancer cured for less than $500,000 and the miserable process of chemo presently used.

      But then, until you need any of these things, they are definitely impractical.

       I've got another idea: save money by cutting the pay of people who get paid not to change these policies. Or fire then if you like.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 10:49:44 AM PDT

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