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  •  Bravo. (15+ / 0-)

    Working in several countries around the world I am amazed just how much Americans are in denial about the rot in our society.

    Just today I saw a posting by an insane right wing piece of trash who complained that we need to remove regulations that are standing on the neck of businesses and let them free.  He didn't bother to let us know what businesses would do when they were free, but the less said about that the better.

    Were I graduating now with the education that I had, I would not even think of remaining in the USA.  Our nation is becoming a dystopia out of an Atwood novel.

    •  Rot (14+ / 0-)

      I am in total agreement with your comment "...denial about the rot in our society."   It's hard not know know how the game is rigged against us until it stares us in the face.

      When living in Japan in 1999, I got a serious infection and spent an entire week in the hospital with no insurance.  The whole week no one asked me how I would go about paying for it -- because the total uninsured fee was about $900.  That's right, nine hundo in total for all services rendered.  I signed a few papers, went to the ATM and got the cash, went back and paid.

      Fast forward to Texas in 2014... Just had an MRI that lasted five to ten minutes.  Charges?  $12,500 MSRP.  Prices are not posted and different for everyone.  Totally legal price gouging.  Scandalous.

      •  I spent time in an Israeli ER (7+ / 0-)

        terrified the entire time of the bill to come, though I was insured and there on business. 5 hours later I paid a bill amounting to about $225 and that was after a wide battery of cardiac tests.

        I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

        by pajoly on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 06:30:09 PM PST

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      •  The price differentiation (2+ / 0-)
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        is worse than is what's to be expected as things have stood.

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        It will never happen for the first time until it does.

        by catilinus on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 09:52:47 PM PST

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      •  My spouse was in a bus rollover in Thailand. (3+ / 0-)
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        Severe lacerations to an arm and elbow.  She was taken to a hospital immediately, the wounds debrided, sutured, medicated with a follow up the next day.  Total cost $25, which, though, would have been a bit for many of the residents.  However, the professionalism and simple care is more than we can expect nowadays in the USA where primary care groans under the weight of specialists who offer interventive medicine without health.

        Y'know, I guess that the death panel bean counters of the health insurers just do not realize that having a long-standing relationship with one's physician is better for our overall health.  But then, that would mean increasing more primary care physicians through biases against specialty medicine.

        America has become a "can't do" nation where feeling good about "morning in America" takes the place of actually accomplishing anything as a society.  That in itself - the prospects of living in a sharecropper nation - is enough to drive any sane young person to emigrate.

      •  yep (2+ / 0-)
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        The costs of healthcare in the US that are incurred have no reasonable basis in reality.  I earn what is considered an eviable salary but a dentist spends an hour and half doing work that takes me over 50 hours of hard work to pay for.

        "History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance." -James Madison

        by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 09:18:01 AM PST

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    •  the rot (1+ / 0-)
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      is overwhelming.  Right wingers who claim that that are too many regulations (same as 'libertarians') refuse to acknowledge that there may be too many regulations for small businesses that are domestically located but there are no regulations for mega corporations or loopholes are 'crafted' into legislation by the mega corporations that effectively makes an 11,00 page legislative atrocity totally useless garbage but overwhelming for small businesses.  However I don't see the democrats doing anything to fix any of it or only doing window dressing around the perimeter of regulatory nightmare.   The 'legislators' in my state is planning to tax the vape shops and basically shutting them down... this is a 'democratic' state ... not really with this crap... they are protecting big pharma and tobacco companies who are losing a lot of business to the vape shops.

      "History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance." -James Madison

      by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 09:14:05 AM PST

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      •  You would not believe the regulation in pharma. (0+ / 0-)

        Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations stems from the FD&C Act.  I only worked within one portion of this, mainly Parts 211 and 820.  However, that said, quality assurance ends up being a direct cost to the company.  And something where bean counters seek to cut corners.  Easily done during the presidency of son of bushlips.  

        Luckily Obama has increased the severity with which quality systems are inspected, even with an agency that lacks adequate funding.  That has led to many warning letters to big pharma and quite a few consent decrees.  And, in pharma, if a company signs the consent decree, which they must in order to stay in business, there is a penalty called "disgorgement of profit."  It means exactly that, the profits from a product line that is found to be adulterated must be returned to the FDA as a penalty.

        How many corporations work in that manner?

      •  How the heck is "big pharma" (0+ / 0-)

        in competition with vape shops? Vapor doesn't cure anything, it's just a (probably) nonhazardous way to consume nicotine. I don't think "big pharma" is making a fortune off nicotine products--and people who vape are are probably not the ones who would try to quit smoking by using prescription pills. The enemies of the vape shops are liberal puritans who assume that if it's enjoyable, it must be hazardous to your health.

        "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

        by Alice in Florida on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 08:29:51 PM PST

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