“The intrinsic efficiencies of single payer can't be matched by the private system, no matter how closely regulated.
If you compared two hospitals of approximately the same size, one in Canada, where we have single payer, and another in the states, you would find that in the Canadian hospital the billing department consists of a single office, generally with 2 or 3 employees, while in the US hospital, a separate building, accountants, lawyers and numerous other staff are needed, because of the numerous different insurance plans have different terms and conditions, though the billing department does nothing to contribute to health care.”
Martha Fair on Nov 22, 2013 at 13:20:15
“tell that to the majority of the simpletons who have been successfully mind-farmed using the socialist hysteria tactics put forth by the Republican party.”
Jay Whalley on Nov 22, 2013 at 13:18:29
“I'm a Canadian I can assure you that you don't know what the h---- your talking about.”
“I don't see any likely-hood of the Republicans making the necessary course corrections by 2014 or even 2016 to reverse the growing trend of alienation that younger people feel towards their party. I don't believe that can take place until the Republicans experience political reality, which they believe their gerrymandered districts continue to buffer them from.”
“I am beginning to suspect that these Tea-Baggers have this idea that if they crash the economy by going over the debt limit, it will rebound on Obama's presidency, and they will have ensured that it ended in failure, which is what they stated they wanted after Obama was first elected in 2008.”
TX3156 on Oct 16, 2013 at 00:46:19
“Actually some of them think it would portend the second coming of Christ.”
conscioushope on Oct 16, 2013 at 00:24:29
“That's the bottom line, Jack.
All along, only that.
And they have failed.
But our country is about to win its freedom back.”
marco60 on Oct 16, 2013 at 00:14:04
Goliadkin on Oct 16, 2013 at 00:13:56
“So what else is new? Doesn't everyone already know this? The only remaining question is whether the American people really are stupid enough to be fooled by this T-bagger ruse, or whether they will see through it and put the blame where it belongs.”
“You have to give these Republicans credit. They are sticking by their basic principle, their unyielding, unwavering hatred of Obama, even if it destroys their party, even if it destroys their country. They don't give a damn.
It's their plan to crash the economy in order to demonstrate to the American people what they already knew, that it would be a disastrous to elect a black man as president, and to prove it they are ready, willing and able to bring about the disaster so that they can show that they were right all along.”
Cindyrealestate on Oct 13, 2013 at 20:37:38
“Jack - your tag says you are a Canadian Observer - you must be wondering what all the fuss is about wanting to provide people with healthcare!”
tiredbutnotsick on Oct 13, 2013 at 17:19:57
“Any kind of "Zealot" is dangerous. The Teaparty GOP are just that. They will do anything to get their point across. Just think about the terrorist who flew planes into the Twin Towers. they were trying to make a point. That was the only way that they could make the American people pay attention. Plunge the country into chaos and another recession just so that Pres. Obama gets no credit for doing any thing good for the country. When I look at some of the Republican congressmen's faces I see hate. If Romney had brought the ACA to the country it would have had no problem.”
ken607 on Oct 13, 2013 at 09:53:56
“My thought is if they(gop) do destroy the govt/country. Who will be around to protect them from anything or one? They say they can do it themselves, great lets findout.”
“As this shutdown unfolds, I'm developing this terrible idea in my head that these Republicans are so obsessed with their intense hatred of Obama, that they will do whatever it takes to ensure that his presidency fails, including refusing to raise the debt ceiling, knowing how serious the consequences will be.
It seems to me that they are prepared to crash the US dollar in order to make Obama's presidency a failure. Their hatred for Obama far exceeds their love for their country.”
George Hanshaw on Oct 5, 2013 at 01:37:58
“"It seems to me that they are prepared to crash the US dollar in order to make Obama's presidency a failure. "
It appears President Obama's presidency will be less than any sort of resounding success no matter what, but yes, I think it's very likely they will crash the economy rather than accept Obamacare.
Never in the history of the country has any social program - particularly one affecting a seventh of the total economy - been rammed through on a totally partisan vote.
One can scarcely expect the republicans to support it.”
“Comparing the US to Russia is meaningless if basic human rights are not respected or protected in either country, and both are ruled by elites who are above the law, and elections are meaningless formalities.
“I'm afraid the US has already gone over the edge, morphing into a truly totalitarian state, complete with secret laws and secret courts.
When the laws become secrets, what defense does a citizen have when ignorance of the law is not acceptable as a mitigating circumstance.
It will not be long before US prisons are filled to capacity with political prisoners who will not even have the right to know which of the secret laws they have breached.”
IfIonlyknew on Aug 22, 2013 at 15:06:04
“You have a much better view of what is going on when you look from out side......You can see the whole picture.”
Left Hook on Aug 22, 2013 at 14:59:35
“Yeah, it's really, really getting bad here in the states...Tell ya what bunker bunny-boy
Move to Russia like Snowden did...I'm sure you'll find the warm, welcoming atmosphere there for personal and professional choices, liberties and freedom of self-expression that aren't dictated and monitored by the state like here in the US.”
“Island Fever1's remarks sound like pure psycho-babble. The fact is that there is a pattern in the US of various governments lying to the people in order to take the country into unnecessary wars. This happens with both Democratic leadership (LBJ) and Republicans (Nixon, Bush) and the reason it will not stop is that no one is ever held accountable despite the costs in lives and treasure.
Until government officials, elected and otherwise, are held accountable for their actions, this will not end, and the US will continue to find itself embroiled in long, bloody, costly and unnecessary wars.”
island fever1 on Aug 22, 2013 at 20:11:23
“Oh well. Since you seem to have all of the answers I guess you believe you're right.”
“If you want to talk about a reckless act, what about sending a country to war over WMD that didn't exist.”
Barbara Mangan on Aug 26, 2013 at 00:15:48
“Would you give your enemy 3 months to get his house in order. I can't believe we did this. Its like saying, I am going to war with you but I am waiting 3 months. How stupid our country is sometimes.”
Sev Ral on Aug 22, 2013 at 23:18:17
“That is a seperate issue that has no bearing on his actions, as far as I know Manning never suggested he did what he did because he felt the War(s) were unjust, only the prosecution of them in certain instances. To have sympathy for his actions based upon your own reasoning or feelings about a particular war or situation isn't reasonable and you know it. Your response is a Non Sequitur, it has absolutely nothing to do with what was stated.”
“I disagree. In Canada the decision of whether a pregnancy is carried to full term rests with the mother, and if the mother decides to have the child, both she and the child have the complete right to access of prenatal care.
She is fully covered by Medicare, whichever way she decides, and I believe that the vast majority of Canadians agree with me that this is the way it should be. The state has no business in bodies of the women of our nation.”
SteakFarmer on Jul 10, 2013 at 14:38:42
“"she and the child" so then you are saying the fetus IS a child.
And to have an abortion you are killing a CHILD.”
hdpsych on Jul 10, 2013 at 14:22:16
“I'll bet you Canadians also have reasonable restrictions on firearm sales. Knew there was some reason I enjoy visiting Canada.”