5. Change American culture. We eat nothing but fatty foods, drive everywhere, don’t exercise, and sit on our ass watching TV all day. Then and only then do you save money.
Don't forget about all of the sugar we ingest, eating processed food with additives and preservatives and sitting on our asses playing video games and posting in ATOT and ATPN.
This is actually a great point, I’ve read half our lifetime medical expenses occur in the last 6-12 month of us being alive.Ok then
6. Stop spending $100k a month to keep grandma alive (albeit in bed hooked up to tubes and barely lucid). Americans need to com to grips with death and focus on enjoying life rather than simply prolonging it
He's not entirely wrong though. Heck, you're both right, it's just a different approach to solving a problem. Dietary choices have a way of compounding health issues, especially as one ages. The worse the average diet, the more health issues a society experiences. Individual cases may differ, but super easy to see with data.That might help a bit, but it won't fix the problem. Eventually, no matter how healthy they live, everyone gets sick and dies. And that's where the true health costs lie.
Plus guy, it's not fatty foods, it's sugary foods. Obesity is never a good thing, all else being equal, but being obese AND diabetic is the big problem.
I'm struggling how we'd be able to fit that into that "FYGM" approach to things down here...Jim Carrey was on Real Time with Bill Maher last week.
At one point he said: (paraphrased)
"Americans are always so amazed Canadians are so nice. Yeah. You know why we're so friendly? Because we have healthcare.
Critics will say there's long lines and no one gets treatment. That's bullshit. I never waited in a line. It's great. More importantly, it's about taking care of other people. Nobody gets denied."
lol, return of the death panels!
Ive read the Bahamas, France, and Curaçao are popular destinations.They'll pack up and leave to where?
Communist China which just put Fan Bing Bing in prison for evading taxes?
Europe with a 55-70% tax?
For the last 40 years the top 1% has gotten away with increasing their wealth a 1000% while the rest of us have been living with low wages.
Higher Education for all so we don't hand out H1B's and Medicare for all make sense.. a lot more sense than some infrastructure bill.
Not worth replying to hyperbole bolstered by simplistic theories, but still worth ponting out they yave better outcomes.Based on my research, I'm not aware of any country (Canada being an example) that doesn't have a massive "2nd Coverage" market - because the bare coverage is comparitaively dog shit with insane wait times.
Feel free to correct me if wrong there - i can't speak behalf on a country I haven't lived in. The basic message was that if you're in the middle to upper class (basically anyone on AT), just about everyone had 2nd coverage.
So to the point of budget replacing other coverages, how do you defend that against everyone needing 2nd coverage?
Uglygoatboy is now a socialist liberal? How far to the right are you?
This could be a good area for a Republican President to lead.
Point is do what you hate to do for best results.
This mentality will cause problems. If people decided to just die instead of try to fight cancer, it will hamper developing cancer treatment for everyone, including kids and younger adults. There are reasons you do things that won't make fiscal sense in medicine, because they can have benefits that won't show up on a balance sheet any time soon.lol, return of the death panels!
If someone wishes to spend millions of dollars on prolonging their life for a few extra, painful days, weeks, or months that's their business. I see no reason why other people should pay for it though as it's not helpful.
Personally I think anything that is run by government (Federal, State, and Local) should be audited on a consistent basis.Point is do what you hate to do for best results.
For example Republicans need to figure out what taxes to raise and what areas of defense spending is wasted to get a good result.
Democrats need to figure out what aspects of social services need to be cut because they are not performing. Republicans need to be onboard about how taxation should work to pay for the programs.
Is your argument that these incentives spur investment in research? If so, I would argue we could just invest in research instead and skip the middle man.This mentality will cause problems. If people decided to just die instead of try to fight cancer, it will hamper developing cancer treatment for everyone, including kids and younger adults. There are reasons you do things that won't make fiscal sense in medicine, because they can have benefits that won't show up on a balance sheet any time soon.
I'm also a fan of legal assisted suicide but I think establishing something like the UK's NICE is what we need here.Also, unless I'm mistaken, people absolutely do have the right to choose to just die instead of fight, so your best hope of getting that thinking through is to push for legalized assisted suicide.
I'm paying for it in a 'free market' sense if my private plan covers such things, yes. We are all paying for it for people on Medicare though, I agree. My argument is that we should stop because that money can be better spent.And FYI, you're paying for it either which way, be it fully socialized health care or via "free market" capitalism, with some few exceptions (very wealthy people that pay for special treatment out of pocket - although I have a hunch this number is quite low and that even the very wealthy use insurance).