Jt: You are more than welcome to spend your hard-earned money on needless medical services at exorbitant costs with often unsanitary conditions. Me, I'd rather pay for what a medical procedure is really worth. My suggestion to you is since you are so adverse to considering another country's medical system is to take a particular procedure and compare the costs, the waste associated with treatment, and the unnecessary amenities we do not need here that are add-ons, then you can tell me how off base I am on my example. As to Medicare and Social Security, I will be 65 in May. I look forward to participating in both. I earned them. The fact that you still likely pay in doesn't bother me at all. I appreciate your support. Now if we had a single pay system for healthcare, maybe you'd be off the hook; but you keep fighting for the medical system that drains you money faster than blood. As for SS, I paid in. I can't help it if costs of material goods and inflation have skyrocketed since I first began paying. People want to make astronomical profits while wages and salaries stagnate. SS was never meant for people to retire on. That's certainly true now. As to the insurance companies, being what I believe you to be, a free-market sort, if one of the biggest industries in this country and an odd bedfellow in all of this thinks the ACA is a good deal, you should be singing the ACA's praises.
Yes, the founding fathers believed in Natural Law. The question arises in interpretation. One may prefer the Greek understanding. To assume that the founding fathers accepted only the Christian understanding is presumptuous at best. I give the founding fathers more credit in their scholarly knowledge. What I do believe is that if America were to place "God's law" over the Constitution, chaos would ensue because "God's law" can be interpreted many ways by many people. The Constitution is blessed to have a Judicial branch to interpret its laws that can maintain some semblance of consensus. If the Christian version of Natural Law were to dominate, our multi-religious country would be in continuous civil war as are those of the Middle East and other nations. I believe are founding fathers had the foresight to understand avoid the Christian interpretation. And by the way, gravity and evolution both fall under my Natural Law concept.
Here's where our current health care system fails miserably. A hip replacement in Belgium using hip joints manufactured in the U.S. costs approximately $14,000. In the U.S. that same surgery costs approximately $130,000. Surgeons there are equally qualified as have been attested to by U.S. patients going to Belgium. There are no frills to do what needs to be done.
A single-payer system here would be fine. Those on this comment section probably seldom travel to other countries for any reason and usually have no experience or knowledge other than what they read from or hear from conservative pundits. Some are often blinded by the naïve "exceptionalism" that pervades conservative thinking. Truth is we rank about 37th in the world in our quality of health care. The problems: too much reliance on expensive bells-and-whistles technology and too many middle people involved in medical practice process. A single-payer system would probably not fly here because of our persistent flag-waving. The ACA provides relief for those who cannot now or ever afford adequate health care under our current system. And, if the ACA were to be dismantled, which it won't, Republicans in Congress have no valid alternative except to cater to their present benefactors. As to 60-70% of the people not wanting the ACA, that's completely false. "Businesses don't want it...;" just ask the insurance industry that sees the possibility of 30-million new policyholders. You don't see any big ad campaigns from them against the ACA, do you?
We're looking at the definition of insanity-Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. We are dealing with countries and a region that looks at life completely differently than we in the U.S. Killing in the Middle East using religious extremism as an excuse is a way of life there. We have never and still do not understand the culture that often provokes the violence. Several countries in the Middle East--Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qutar, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel etc.--need to take the lead on the Syrian war. U.S.citizens do not now have the appetite nor do we have the financial wherewithal to enter into another war. "Surgical strike?" Once we start, we are in it. Once again, the U.S. will fan the flames of hatred in the Middle East against us. "We have a moral obligation?" We have moral obligations to many issues within our nation. Do we approach those obligations with the same fervor we seem to be mustering for Syria? No. The atrocities that occurred and continue to occur in Syria are despicable, but as we have learned before in Iraq an Afghanistan, our intervention changes nothing.
Clay Bennett: Number 1 cartoon in my book. Thanks for taking the bigots and "teabillies" out of the punch bowl and putting back them where they belong. Even better would have been a two-part cartoon showing the guy flushing the toilet sending them to the depths of their intelligence.
This is only the second time this new year that I have read this comment site. Seems nothing much has changed. Here's my suggestion to those who wish to argue with or think they can change the minds or opinions of the conservative extremists--and I use the term "conservative" to be extemely kind--stop commenting!! If they have no one to fight with, they can argue among themselves with the dubious hope they will eventually get a life. And if you buy the TFP paper, your paying it enough already.
Ms. Smith, as usual, misses the point. We do not have a debt or spending crisis. We have a crisis of confidence in our Congress, particularly with Republicans. Any bill that avoids cuts in the massively bloated defense budget proves how Republicans legislators are controlled by defense contractors. Ms.Smith with her blind loyalty to the tea party is lucky she lives in a vivid red state where her opinions are held sacred. She would be hardly read at all in the rest of the country where most people see reality quite differently.
Right. Let's demand our teachers add to their list of being teachers, psuedo-parents, psychologists, sociologists, baby-sitters, doctors, disciplinarians, food providers and crisis managers the dangerous job of being an armed security guard. Of course we won't pay them any more than they currently make and we can continually harp upon how bad of teachers they are. If I were a teacher, and the poor excuses we call "state legislators" force teachers to be armed, I'd strike the school systems for years. Let all the kids be home-schooled since the public school system is so bad.
This needs a three-prong approach: Eliminating the sale of assualt guns and large clip magazines coupled with background checks prior to gun show and private sales. Secondly, a re-institution of mental health facilities since more than 400 facilities around the nation have been closed due to budget cuts. And third, the film, television, and computer game industries need to take a hard look at their programming that desensitizes violence and killing. Count the number of films, TV shows, and games that focus on someone shooting another person--real or animated--with guns and how commonplace it is.
JR: No guts, no glory. Knew you couldn't do it. All show and no go. You answer my questions!