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Obama to Name Nobel Physicist to DOE Head

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Re: Obama to Name Nobel Physicist to DOE Head

Postby ruotwocone » Sat Dec 13, 2008 8:30 pm

The problem with the American healthcare system isn't the insurance companies, it's the drug companies. Drug companies charge sometimes as much as 10-20 times more for the same drug in the US as they do in other countries. Most of that cost is associated with maintaining their TV ad campaigns (because let's face it, ad campaigns are freakin' expensive). It's a bit of a catch 22 really for them though because if they didn't advertise, they wouldn't sell as many drugs.

The underlying problem is that the high cost of medication drives up the cost of health insurance. Because of that, americans have the fewest number of doctor visits per capita per annum of the developed world... meaning that drug companies need to advertise to get the word out about their drugs (they can't just rely on doctors) which drives the cost of health care up even more because they have to advertise now.
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Re: Obama to Name Nobel Physicist to DOE Head

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Re: Obama to Name Nobel Physicist to DOE Head

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Re: Obama to Name Nobel Physicist to DOE Head

Postby AHMETxRock » Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:13 am

Well, it gets down to what people want, and what things are right.

Marriage was recently defined as a heterosexual relationship only recently in some states. The weddings that took place were null and void.

Those that want gay and lesiab marriages to be accepted could go for state legislation, but this issue has gone back and forth. In the long run, making gay marriage either accepted or denied in federal court can stop this constand back and forth legislation. BAsically, in these states, the people firmly believe against gay marriage. They don't want to let gays marry, regardless of whether or not they should be able to. If banning gay marriage is unconstitutional, then regardless of what people feel, it needs to be enforced that it can be allowed.

Essentially, it gets down to opinions. Do we fear big government imposing rules on us that we don't want or need? Or do we fear the possiblility of local governments being swayed by a majority that is in the wrong?

I won't tell you which side is right, but I feel this is an important thing for people to understand when considering their politics.
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Re: Obama to Name Nobel Physicist to DOE Head

Postby mountainmage » Sun Dec 14, 2008 1:07 am

I agree, poor people suck. Get rid of 'em all, I say!
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Re: Obama to Name Nobel Physicist to DOE Head

Postby AHMETxRock » Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:13 am

This is a suprise, coming from a man who draws Lenin in his spare time.
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Re: Obama to Name Nobel Physicist to DOE Head

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Re: Obama to Name Nobel Physicist to DOE Head

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Re: Obama to Name Nobel Physicist to DOE Head

Postby Asherian » Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:02 am

*nod* Switzerland is some sort of crazy mecca of all tax and provided by the goverment. I'm more a loonie in the heinlein sense, but seeing as that will never rationally come to exist I'll take what I can get.

Yeah I know murder isn't a federal crime, I was just using it as something I think is universal enough to be considered at the federal level. We all agree murder is bad, just can't agree on what to do about it. (I'm pro death, abortion/execution/suicide.) Yes a lot of it is the judiciary branch that I have an issue with, but congress has very drastically overstepped its limits as well. The best example I can think of are school lunchs. School lunchs k-12 are regulated at a Federal level, what you eat in CA is the same crap you eat in Kentucky. Down to how many slices of pepperoni can be on a pizza(3). Justification? The lunchs Sometimes(not always) travel across state lines falling into the perview of congress. Or some such like that, its been a while since I looked into the specfics of it. Details of a miniscle level being regulated nationally because the power exist to abuse and cause it to happen. Does it really matter if kids in new york eat the exact same thing as elsewhere? Apparently its critical!
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Re: Obama to Name Nobel Physicist to DOE Head

Postby mountainmage » Sun Dec 21, 2008 4:43 am

That's why I always brought lunch. It wasn't hot, but it was a small price to pay for decent food. Now that I'm in college, I have a Quizno's, Wendy's, a Chinese place, and an Italian place all on campus. It's a dream come true!
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Re: Obama to Name Nobel Physicist to DOE Head

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Re: Obama to Name Nobel Physicist to DOE Head

Postby mountainmage » Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:19 am

Well maybe your culinary dreams, but I despise sea food. But I'm a very picky eater and I hate a lot of foods and their accoutrements. You name it, I probably hate it.
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