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  •  Yeah, like the Janis Joplin song (8+ / 0-)

    "Mercedes Benz"..

    Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz, my friends all have Porches, I must make amends. I worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends, Oh, Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz..

    Great song, but not a great health plan. Heh.

    What happens when Bush takes Viagra? he gets taller. Robin Williams

    by Demfem on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 07:59:27 AM PDT

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    •  Oh lord, won't u buy me, some kind of health plan (2+ / 0-)
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      Ice Blue, fayeforcure

      heh. you are funny.....   :)

      now i'll be singing Janis all day......

      ..... too bad, as you say, it's not a viable health plan............


      To be, rather than to seem.--NC State Motto

      by make a difference on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 08:37:48 AM PDT

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    •  Janis was singing about luxuries. (2+ / 0-)
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      splashy, Snakes on a White House

      She was anti-conspicuous consumption.

      Remember, she died in, I think, 1970 when all but the most expensive health care costs were manageable for the middle class.

      For instance, when I was born in 1964, the hospital kept my mother for two weeks.  Yet when she checked out, my father was able to pay her bill in cash.  And he was only a factory foreman at the time.

      Medicine has come a long way since 1970.  Most of these expensive tests and treatments simply didn't exist back then.  You've got to be incredibly backward to think today's for-profit health care system is still hunky-dory.    

      Quinctilius Varus, give me back my legions.

      by Ice Blue on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 12:48:58 PM PDT

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      •  I don't think it is at all adequate, it's (1+ / 0-)
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        a crying shame is what it is!! I was replying to the power of prayer snark further up the thread.  I was born in 1951, and was treated by some of the first penicillin to become available to the public. And I grew up overseas, and saw first hand the sort of medical care available to the majority of the people on the planet, including third world countries. You think health care is bad here, try India..the US will look like paradise by comparison, not only in the availability but the quality of the care. I don't think health care should be something that people have to pay for out of pocket, I think the governments of the world should get together and pool resources, technology, etc. and provide good free health care to everyone on the planet. But I am an idealist..left over hippie and all that..and I am willing to settle for decent health care for everyone here in the US. It's a compromise, but also a start in the right direction.

        What happens when Bush takes Viagra? he gets taller. Robin Williams

        by Demfem on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 02:24:40 PM PDT

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