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  •  Great idea, but... (0+ / 0-)

    ... in this country, all of those Y2K preps were made by bidnesses paying good money for some work that they needed to keep their bidnesses making moolah. When it comes to health care, especially public health care (read: health care for everyone, rich and poor alike), rebuilding will be a bigger problem - because so many folks don't want to fund it at all. Why bother? The rich in this country are sure that they can always go to their doctors and buy their medicines and go home and get well. For the poor - let 'em eat chicken soup (assuming that any chickens survive).

    BTW - Are you aware that 70% of smokers who die are nagged to death?

    by SciMathGuy on Sun Jul 13, 2008 at 12:20:30 PM PDT

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    •  That's why (1+ / 0-)
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      I make the point about victim demographics. Who gets excited about poor Chinese farmers dying because they live with their flocks right outside the door? But, if Wall Street bankers suddenly started getting H5N1 over their expense account lunches it would be a very different story.

      The top people in the administration and Congress get really great health care; at some level they don't feel health threats the way the rest of us do - but they DO worry about being accused of spending too much money at election time. If we treated H5N1 as seriously as the administration has hyped terrorism, it'd be a different story altogether. The fact that more people may die from flu than 911 or the Iraq war raises no more concern among them than the warning "Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S." did.

      Hell, last time I looked, CDC had a lot of overseas disease surveillance positions unfilled because the administration was insisting on screening the ideological purity of the potential candidates.

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Sun Jul 13, 2008 at 02:27:23 PM PDT

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