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Re: a dumb query? pls humor me

Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 06, 2007 at 08:55:56PM -0800, Paul Johnson wrote:
>> Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
>> > Iraq also does not have a functioning economy.  Now, you might argue
>> > that providing National healthcare is simply getting them addicted to
>> > it.  Which I think is true.  However, I think that in this case it is
>> > the right thing to do.
>> Probably because, you know, nearly everyone in a society needs healthcare
>> and pays taxes, so national healthcare is the simplest strategy to cover
>> the maximum number of people, no?
> Yes, because the government is a model of efficiency.  Come on.  The
> simplest stratedy is to not tax people so much and let them figure it
> out for themselves.

Fail.  That leaves about 7% of the population, almost 47 million people,
without health coverage of any kind whatsoever.

>> > It would be nice if there were a better way, but I doubt there is.
>> So since we're in agreement that collectively paying for healthcare is
>> the way to go, why not introduce it here?
> We are not in agreement.  Collective, governmnet-run healthcare is a
> necessity in Iraq because they currently lack a functioning market
> economy.  We have one of those.

Barely.  Since Bush came into office, Oregon has seen unemployed &
discouraged rates approaching 25%.

> In fact, we have arguably one of the best in the world.  It would be a 
> colossal screw up to introduce socialized medicine here. 

That would be why Luxembourg and Norway have higher GDPs, right?

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