NeoThermic wrote:One drink (of your choice up to... 15 GBP) at the next release party says that Obama will make an impact upon the healthcare system that moves great strides towards a socialised healthcare. (As in a percentage of Americans, percentage agreed by us two, have access to free healthcare).
Okay. Let's iron out the details. According to the CDC
, 17% of adults under the age of 65 are without insurance, and 9% of children are without insurance. I would also like to find some numbers on the cost of insurance to those with private insurance (is it through work? how much do they pay in?) and the level of coverage (how much is covered? what kind of procedures?), but I don't have a lot of time right now to find those numbers. In order to feel that Obama had actually done something significant, I would want to see improvement in all categories -- more people with insurance, with better coverage, and at a price that is affordable to the poorest members of society. In terms of raw numbers, how about less than 10% of adults uninsured, and less than 5% of children uninsured?
And I will take single malt scotch. ;)
Feud wrote:[stereotypical conservative rant]
I'm sure you were joking, but think about something, for a moment. Right now, if you have health insurance, you are paying more than you would if everyone had some kind of coverage. Under the current system, people without insurance generally don't go to doctors for most things. Then, when small things get worse, they end up in the emergency room. This costs quite a bit of money -- much more than preventative care would have cost earlier. Because they cannot pay of the healthcare that they receive, and because hospitals have a moral and ethical obligation to treat first, and ask for insurance later, the cost of treating the poor is passed onto the rest of us in the form of higher insurance premiums, and more expensive healthcare. In the end, you pay less into the system if everyone is covered, because then everyone can get the preventative and maintenance care that they need.
One of the northeastern states (as I recall) recently set up a system where everyone was covered. In order to discourage abuse of the system (i.e. going into the doctor for frivolous reasons), minimal co-pays are a part of the system. People are less likely to take advantage of something that they have to pay for than something that is free. Thus, everyone has coverage, and for $20 (or whatever it was), they can see a doctor.
In a more general sense, there are certain things that are not really amenable to a free market. These are things that no single person can pay for, but which are necessary to the running of a modern society. Things like roads, utilities, schools, &c. As a society, it is to our benefit to make sure that we have a good education system, a functional transportation system (including mass transit), &c. These are things that a society should provide for itself for the common good, and that really need to be taken care of at a government level, because no private enterprise is going to be able to get the job done. I would argue that healthcare falls into the same category.
Feud wrote:*Fencing 101- Thought it might be fun.
*Sociology 102- Intro to Criminal Justice
*Sociology 205- Criminal Investigation
*Anthropology 101- Intro to Cultural Anthropology
*Spanish 101- Intro to Spanish
*General Studies 107- Computer Basics -> We must take an online course, this one covers such broad topics as (taken from the description) "How to delete files", "What is RAM", and "Identify the Keyboard". There are two tests, the combined scores of which must be 80%.
Have fun with the fencing. It is a great sport. Also, are you still in the Phoenix area? Are you at ASU? If so, you actually have a half-way decent fencing program down there. You should do alright.
As to the anthropology class, I would be interested to know who you are taking it from (assuming you are at ASU, and it is not being taught by a TA), and what texts you are using. And, if you need any help with it, let me know. While it should be pretty basic, easy stuff, I am always surprised by the stupid things that people say in ANTH 101 classes.