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A Republican Vision for Health Reform

tgwWhale Wrote: Apr 12, 2014 2:04 AM
By the way, if you don't think these reforms would reduce costs severely, take you dog or cat in for some serious surgery and see how much cheaper it is. In December my cat had her spleen removed. The entire cost -- including all tests and medications -- was about $1K. It would have been many times that if she had been a person instead of a cat. Part of the reason pet healthcare is cheaper than human healthcare is that we most properly use more safeguards when dealing with people. But far more important is the fact that most people do not sue over a cat.
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A Republican Vision for Health Reform

tgwWhale Wrote: Apr 12, 2014 1:58 AM
Goodman's plan is as uninspiring as any that the Repubs have come up with. I read through it and I can't remember even one detail. A real reform has to have two items: (1) SEVERE tort reform. Until you cut "Scheister and Shylock" out of the loop, health care is going to cost far too much, no matter what else you do. (2) A change in what I call "the bias in the law" away from the current law, which basically says that you need a Dr.'s prescription for any medical procedure, device, or drug that does anything, to the opposite. The way to improve health care (and reduce its cost severely) is to allow people to, as much as possible, TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. Prescription should only be required for those medical procedures, devices, and drugs that cannot be taken care of by a normally intelligent person. For example, you do need a Dr. to do heart surgery, but you don't need a Dr. to prescribe a CPAP machine. You need a Dr.'s control over those heart drugs that have to be carefully regulated, or else you die. You don't need a Dr. to prescribe standard blood-pressure medicine. Without those two reforms, health care will continue to cost far too much, no matter what else you do. And even if Oblahmacare gets repealed, the progs will be back with something worse the day after tomorrow, because no one will be able to afford health care.
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A Republican Vision for Health Reform

tgwWhale Wrote: Apr 12, 2014 1:44 AM
Graf -- is that the German word for "Sybil?" Flagged, for off-topic cut-and-paste trolling. The trolls have to know that TH troll hunters are off on weekends.
What is needed are "cookie-cutter" nuke plants where the design is already accepted, and they can simply be installed and turned on. This would get away from the need to spend 10 years to qualify every new design. The "mini" nuke-plants they are now talking about would work this way. They would be primarily built at a factory and assembled on-site. They have passive cooling -- which means that even if all power (and cooling pumps) fail, they still wouldn't melt down. I read that we have something like 30,000 years of reserves of nuclear fuel. If we use that, we won't have to worry about supply. If we would reprocess the fuel like other countries do, we wouldn't have to worry about storage of waste. But the lefties would scream about it anyway.
The Palestinians (and everyone else) made a fool of Jean-Francois Kerree because as a committed lib he believes that the "little guy" is always the "good guy." Because the Palestinians are poor, they qualify as the "little guy" and so they are the "good guys" by definition. (This is why leftists everywhere blame Israel for the problem: they are far richer than the Palestinians, so they qualify as the "big guy" and thus the bad guy.) That is what I call "cartoon morality," the "morality" of children's cartoons, where the little guy is always the good guy, and the big guy is always the bad guy. Kerree and the lefties begin with this idiot belief, and it blinds them to what is really going on in the world. So they never do anything in foreign policy except mess things up.
I do remember that the Hildebeast was proclaimed "the smartest woman in the world," very much like the way that Oblahma is the most intelligent president ever. By now all but liberal Kool-Aid drinkers recognize that Oblahma isn't very bright at all. He was good at looking smart to lefty fools who wanted to see him that way, but he isn't very intelligent. So if Putin and the like play him for the fool, it's largely because he is one. I'm beginning to think that the same is true about Shrillary -- she isn't very bright. She doesn't have the brains to accomplish things herself, and she doesn't have the personality to get other people to work with her (thus, the "Hildebeast"). So of course she has no accomplishments to mention. This will not keep her from being the next president, because she is, at least vaguely, a woman; because the Dims will cheat like Hades to get her in; and because the Repubs will run a weak candidate.
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How to Assist Evil

tgwWhale Wrote: Apr 09, 2014 10:45 AM
Te Dims have not yet eclipsed China. I think the number of forced abortions under the Chicoms' one-child policy is now estimated at over 400M.
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Let American Oil Be Free

tgwWhale Wrote: Apr 07, 2014 10:45 AM
I have for ears said that the primary foreign-policy goal for the U.S. should be to bust OPEC. We could do this if the gov't got its idiotic regulations out of the way. "Drill, baby, drill" is only a small part of that. To fully bust OPEC, we should be producing energy along every path that is economically viable: oil, gas, coal (arch-enemy of Oblah-blah-blah-ma), nuclear, and every new thing that comes along. ALL of these are severely limited by useless and destructive government regulations (nuclear most of all).
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A Faculty Revolution Against Free Speech

tgwWhale Wrote: Apr 07, 2014 1:30 AM
Anybody who supports the memory of the vicious killer Che Guevara as anything good is as deluded and morally bankrupt as someone who supports the memory of Hitler as good. That Lugo guy Adams writes about would not be allowed on the faculty if he were a Hitler apologist. Yet he supports something even worse. The Nazis murdered about 10M innocent human beings; the Commies about 600M, or 60X as many (at least 100M already-born people, and about 500M forced abortions by the Chicoms). So when I say a Commie supporter is worse than a Nazi supporter, I have the numbers very much on my side.
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A Faculty Revolution Against Free Speech

tgwWhale Wrote: Apr 07, 2014 1:22 AM
I am 61 years old and have watched the leftist movement transform from a bunch of hippies who wanted no rules or control over anything -- total libertines -- to a bunch of totalitarians who want to control everyone and everything except sexual and chemical license. i do not think this happened accidentally. I believe that the totalitarians pretty much hijacked the leftist movement from within it. This is pretty consistently what the Communists always have done, which is why Adams' quote of Che Guevara is so fitting. But the moronic left, which is still primarily composed of libertines rather than totalitarians, is too stupid to see this, and they go right on supporting the totalitarians. Of course, if they had any brains, they wouldn't be lefties.
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College Isn't For Everyone

tgwWhale Wrote: Apr 06, 2014 6:48 PM
A huge "problem" is that businesses have figured out that not-professional degrees do not help people much on the job. So they don't go out of their way to hire people with degrees in the liberal arts and many of the social "sciences" -- much less in the political-bs fields of ethnic studies, women's studies, gay studies, etc., etc., etc, ad nauseam. If you get a 4-year degree in engineering, nursing, accounting, or some such field. -- and thus get a professional degree, that magical piece of paper -- you will likely (not surely) land a good job. If you get a 4-year degree in something like Musical Performance, you will likely not find a job in your field, and they will not hire you as a software engineer. Does this mean that it is stupid to major in Musical Performance? Not if you can afford to get it,and the field fascinates you. But what is stupid is to think that a degree in Musical Performance (or gay studies or some such) will get you a job more advanced than Checkout Clerk or Burger Fryer. It isn't meant to, and should never be sold as such.
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