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    That depends on your position.
    The CNN poll.
    41 percent think the bill is just right.
    13 percent don't think it is liberal enough .
    The remainder think it's too liberal

    Do I think it is all it could be? No
    Single payer would have been a smarter way to go. Reducing prices for the average health care consumers. However some people think that packages can only be sent via UPS while the US Postal service does the same thing for less.

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    but was it better then what obama initially tried to get passed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerbick View Post
    It's better than what we have, just more expensive in the long-run. Folks are really upset in some cases over 10% increases if they're hit.
    It will be cheaper in the end:

    1. emergency rooms will not be used by uninsured, which will reduce overall hospital costs.

    2. former uninsured will now go to get checked regularly and advanced diseases will to some extent be prevented.

    If the public option would have been got through it would really have become cheaper. In the end the Republicans tried to kill this bill because they want to destroy Obama. This was and is not about Healthcare any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlashLackey View Post
    Medicare funding is being reduced to pay for Obama's plan.
    If what's reduced is funding spent on waste and fraud then I can accept that, just as my wife would gladly accept a reduction in my McDonald's funding to help pay for more vegetables.

    Quote Originally Posted by FlashLackey View Post
    There are always people on both sides of a national debate that do or say indefensible things. Do we really need to degrade this debate by pointing out the stupidest behavior involved (liberal stupidity is available in abundance too)?
    Your attempt to gloss-over the current situation is beneath you.
    This is not an isolated incident by a single nutjob and the "liberals" in this country have not behaved in any manner like what's going on now on a national level.

    Republican leaders, not some isolated loon, are knowingly inciting and promoting violence, rage and terrorist acts from their followers.
    Republicans leaders are standing in Washington, waving their followers signs, shouting out "babykiller!" and "you lie!" during official business, telling followers waving signs of gun threats that it's up to THEM to stop the dems, and posting maps online showing democratic politicians home addresses with rifle crosshairs over them.
    Republican leaders are knowingly emboldening the actions of the extremists by their examples of incivility and demonizing the opposition.

    The results of this are unprecedented in our lifetime and to try and sweep it under the rug is as despicable as the acts themselves.

    Quote Originally Posted by FlashLackey View Post
    There were better plans proposed to cover everyone and reduce prices.
    No, there weren't.
    While there were alternative plans spoken of, none were proven to cover everyone (or even as many as this one) or reduce prices.

    Besides, you should blame Bob Dole.
    This is almost exactly the same plan he and the repubs proposed in response to Clinton's heathcare plan.

    Quote Originally Posted by FlashLackey View Post
    Hopefully not. Then our quality of care will go down as indicated by relative cancer survival rates in countries with single-payer systems.
    ...or you could just as easily argue that our quality of care will go up as indicated by every other form of disease, health issue, life expectancy, and infant mortality as is shown in countries with single-payer systems.

    Quote Originally Posted by FlashLackey View Post
    If you adjust for non health-care related deaths (car accidents, murders, etc.) our life expectancy is amongst the best in the world. We certainly have problems to sort out. However, the evidence indicates that quality of health care is not one of them.
    Please post a link to the evidence that shows this.

    The only thing I could find was an opinion by two authors who wrote a paper under a grant by the SSA titled "Low Life Expectancy in the United States: Is the Health Care System at Fault? by Samuel H. Preston and Jessica Y. Ho".
    I have read that paper and while their personal opinion agrees with you, even the heavily cherry-picked stats in the paper doesn't, so I'm guessing there must be another source for your assertion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlashLackey View Post
    If you adjust for non health-care related deaths (car accidents, murders, etc.) our life expectancy is amongst the best in the world.
    There are lies, damned lies ....and then there are statistics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerbick View Post
    And the so-called "options" offered by people was truly non-existent. They said they existed, but those Loch Ness type of offers really were empty and not fully thought out. Stalling techniques of the long-winded.
    Alternatives were widely discussed. The idea that the Republicans didn't have alternative ideas about this was simply a false Democrat talking point.

    Alternative ideas included variations of:

    Tort reform
    Allowing interstate purchase of healthcare
    Removing tax breaks for companies buying plans
    Vouchers
    Health Savings Accounts

    Quote Originally Posted by Frets View Post
    That depends on your position.
    The CNN poll.
    41 percent think the bill is just right.
    13 percent don't think it is liberal enough .
    The remainder think it's too liberal
    CNN also shows a negative job approval rating for Obama: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epo...oval-1044.html

    Also, a majority think that the country is on the wrong track and that the health care bill should be repealed. It appears that the GOP will make large gains in the coming election: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epo...enate_map.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue View Post
    If what's reduced is funding spent on waste and fraud then I can accept that, just as my wife would gladly accept a reduction in my McDonald's funding to help pay for more vegetables.
    If there was waste and fraud occurring in Medicare that could be "reduced", a bill wasn't needed to do so.

    What is really occurring is that the new bill cuts the popular Medicare Advantage plan.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue View Post
    This is not an isolated incident by a single nutjob and the "liberals" in this country have not behaved in any manner like what's going on now on a national level.
    Yes they have. Do I really need to dig up the link showing the multitudes of death threats, Bush pictures with Hitler moustaches, etc.? You yourself have contributed to religiously bigoted sentiments on this site. Statements that could constitute violations of civil rights in some contexts such as a work-place. One impressionable young liberal I worked with told me (comfortably in front of several co-workers at a job) that he would "shoot Bush in the head" if he had the chance.

    Democratic leaders have slandered troops, police, corporations, religions, demographics of poor and rich people alike, etc. All groups that have experienced prejudice, threats, vandalism, violence etc. that could be attributed to Democrats according to the same logic you're using.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue View Post
    The results of this are unprecedented in our lifetime and to try and sweep it under the rug is as despicable as the acts themselves.
    Associating wrongful acts performed by some with other people or groups who had no control or involvement whatsoever is despicable because it risks inciting violence. That looks like it could be the case in the unfolding story about the gunshot that hit Republican Eric Cantor's office this week.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue View Post
    No, there weren't.
    While there were alternative plans spoken of, none were proven to cover everyone (or even as many as this one) or reduce prices.
    Double-standard fallacy. Obama's plan has never been "proven" to cover everyone or reduce prices either. It has never been a requirement to prove what will happen. That simply isn't possible.

    The difference is that the alternative ideas being discussed do have a proven track record of the results we want in other applications. Obama's plan has a proven track record of not achieving the results he claims it will based on other failed applications of the same concepts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue View Post
    ...or you could just as easily argue that our quality of care will go up as indicated by every other form of disease, health issue, life expectancy, and infant mortality as is shown in countries with single-payer systems.
    That would be true if any of those things actually were better in countries with single-payer. However, they are not.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue View Post
    Please post a link to the evidence that shows this.
    I already have. Why should I bother re-substantiating a point to a person who has already seen the evidence but chooses to deny it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlashLackey View Post
    Why should I bother re-substantiating a point to a person who has already seen the evidence but chooses to deny it?
    The problem with your statement is that you can't "re-substantiate" something that you've never substantiated in the first place.
    Unless your definition of "substantiating" means to repeat a falsehood often enough until people start believing it's true.
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    I did already substantiate that point, on this site, in a conversation with you.

    That's one of the larger ironies of liberal politics. They are constantly advertising themselves as being supported by evidence and science. Yet, nothing could be further from the truth. From the environment, economics, gun law, charity, health care, when life begins, you name it. They are on the wrong side of the evidence on nearly every major issue.

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    thats for sure.
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    So what you're saying is that you don't have a link that hasn't been debunked before.
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    No. The link that I last provided to actual evidence remains substantial. That's the funny thing about facts. They tend to remain what they are.

    If you want to continue having faith that deaths from auto accidents and murders are indicative of health care quality, that's your deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlashLackey View Post
    No. The link that I last provided to actual evidence remains substantial. That's the funny thing about facts. They tend to remain what they are.
    The link you provided was to a rightwing political blog that had a link to a single paper that did statistical backflips, cherry-picked figures, ignored basic facts and methodology that any credible economist would use, in order to arrive at a preconceived political talking point that no other expert or legitimate economist agrees with.
    Didn't you ever even consider why your "actual evidence" never made it past being a political blogpost and contradicts every official statistic by recognized experts in the realworld?

    Even if we were to suspend all disbelief and join you in neoconservative fantasyland where facts don't matter, people who get get into automobile accidents never go to a hospital, people who are injured by another never make it into the healthcare system, and insurance coverage isn't a factor in treatment for either group, you are still only arguing the point that we are on equal life expectancy with single-payer countries that spend half as much on healthcare as we do.
    That may be something you think is worth crowing about, but I don't.

    If you and I ate at a restaurant together, both ordered the exact same meal, but they handed me a bill for $50 and handed you a bill for $100, I doubt you would be so happy.

    Quote Originally Posted by FlashLackey View Post
    If you want to continue having faith that deaths from auto accidents and murders are indicative of health care quality, that's your deal.
    LOL
    If you want to continuing getting your "facts" from political blogs that use deeply flawed, dishonest methodologies and unsubstantiated conclusions instead of the actual numbers and methodologies used in the realworld by the experts then that's your deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue View Post
    The link you provided was to a rightwing political blog that had a link to a single paper that did statistical backflips, cherry-picked figures, ignored basic facts and methodology that any credible economist would use, in order to arrive at a preconceived political talking point that no other expert or legitimate economist agrees with.
    This comment is a personal assertion with no basis.

    You are not an economist, let alone a credible one. You have shown no flaw in anyones methodology or even demonstrated that you are aware of any basic facts or methodologies yourself.

    Stomping your feet is not making an argument.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue View Post
    Didn't you ever even consider why your "actual evidence" never made it past being a political blogpost and contradicts every official statistic by recognized experts in the realworld?
    I didn't wonder that because "Life Expectancy" and "Life Expectancy adjusted for accidents and other non health care related fatalities" are two different qualities.

    The bottom line is that evaluating health care quality based on pure "Life Expectancy" is flawed because it doesn't account for factors that are not related to health care quality. Accidents and murders are only the tip of the ice-berg. An intelligent analysis should also be adjusting for involvement in wars, rates of lifestyle choices such as over-eating and smoking, etc. It doesn't take a "recognized expert" (whoever these unspecified phantoms are that you have in mind) to understand this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue View Post
    Even if we were to suspend all disbelief and join you in neoconservative fantasyland where facts don't matter, people who get get into automobile accidents never go to a hospital, people who are injured by another never make it into the healthcare system, and insurance coverage isn't a factor in treatment for either group, you are still only arguing the point that we are on equal life expectancy with single-payer countries that spend half as much on healthcare as we do.
    That may be something you think is worth crowing about, but I don't.
    If health care quality factored in equally regarding treatment after auto accidents and violence, removing them from all countries statistics should yield the same results.

    And I don't contest that we pay too much for health care. The system does need reform to control cost. However, it's false that we have lower quality of health care than countries with single-payer systems. Cost and quality are two different things.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue View Post
    If you and I ate at a restaurant together, both ordered the exact same meal, but they handed me a bill for $50 and handed you a bill for $100, I doubt you would be so happy.
    I'm not happy about the difference in price we paid for the meal. But, I am happy that I had the bone-in fillet instead of the chicken you had (no matter how much you insist that it was the same meal).

    Quote Originally Posted by david petley View Post
    ....and he calls me Samuel Rowbotham. LOL
    Indeed. Your reaction in this case further demonstrates the comparison. "See! LR said so! LOL"

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    It is almost painful to watch you twist and contort so while trying to maintain face even though you know you're as wrong as I do.

    Quote Originally Posted by FlashLackey View Post
    This comment is a personal assertion with no basis.
    No basis, eh?

    Here is your original link to the rightwing blogspot blog:
    http://politicalcalculations.blogspo...in-united.html

    Here is the link to The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (a conservative think tank founded in 1943) that your rightwing blogger references which is the entire foundation of your claim:
    http://www.aei.org/docLib/20061017_O...esentation.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlashLackey View Post
    You have shown no flaw in anyones methodology or even demonstrated that you are aware of any basic facts or methodologies yourself.
    Actually, I have whether you choose to admit it or not.
    David understood immediately the flaw I spelled out in the methodology your study used.
    Victims of violent crime and auto accidents do go to our hospitals and are part of our healthcare statistics.
    Their insurance (or lack of), treatment and care does determine whether some of them live or die so for your study to say that all deaths from violence and accidents are "non-healthcare related" is obviously false.

    Did their methodology take that into account?
    Did they only count victims of crime and accidents that died without receiving any medical care?
    Did they account for the cases of uninsured victims that died in a 15 mile ambulance ride to the county hospital because the private hospital that was 1 mile away refused to take them?
    According to their footnotes, the answer is no.

    Quote Originally Posted by FlashLackey View Post
    Stomping your feet is not making an argument.
    I couldn't agree more, so maybe you should stop doing it and start applying a little critical thinking to your source material.
    I know you're capable of it considering how much you use it on any "liberal" source I may post.
    You would never let me get away with using such an obviously flawed, biased, and uncorroborated source without tearing it to shreds.

    Quote Originally Posted by FlashLackey View Post
    The bottom line is that evaluating health care quality based on pure "Life Expectancy" is flawed because it doesn't account for factors that are not related to health care quality. Accidents and murders are only the tip of the ice-berg. An intelligent analysis should also be adjusting for involvement in wars, rates of lifestyle choices such as over-eating and smoking, etc. It doesn't take a "recognized expert" (whoever these unspecified phantoms are that you have in mind) to understand this.
    So now after all that, you decide that none of this matters.
    lol
    Yes, I agree that in a perfect world we would be able to decipher all the metrics and factors to be able to determine exactly how our system ranks against others... but that's impossible so we use common metrics that have been agreed upon by the leading economists and experts in the field to best represent a fair comparison.

    ...and by "recognized experts" I mean those that have been recognized by the official bodies that compile and govern these statistics as being the most qualified to do so. (not no-name bloggers and authors for political thinktanks)
    I think we can probably agree that the people who have been placed in charge of compiling the official statistics for the CIA Book of World Facts as well as official stats from other government institutions around the world could be considered "recognized experts", right?
    Quote Originally Posted by FlashLackey View Post
    However, it's false that we have lower quality of health care than countries with single-payer systems. Cost and quality are two different things.
    Just as quality and accessibility are two different things.
    I don't dispute that we have some of the best healthcare money can buy in the USA.
    Unfortunately, the vast majority cannot afford it and therefor do not receive it.
    Quote Originally Posted by FlashLackey View Post
    Indeed. Your reaction in this case further demonstrates the comparison. "See! LR said so! LOL"
    Hahaha
    I seriously doubt that David's words were because of who typed them, but rather because, much like a "flat-earther", you choose to ignore the 99.9% of actual peer-reviewed data and official statistics in favor of the 0.1% of whatever unfounded political paper you can find that agrees with your preconceived notion.
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    I'm sort of P.O.'d at the idea that I'd have to buy health insurance. Even though I do buy health insurance.

    Hanratty makes a point that his company is going to report his health plan as taxable income, which is a good one. I'm wondering what it will do to a freelancer like me, on an independent plan. From the talking points, it looks like it could be a decent safety net; like if I have a bad year, I might qualify for a tax break / subsidy / whatever, and I could buy my insurance on their exchange. Does anyone know how that actually is supposed to work? Like, say I have a private Blue Cross plan and I have a down year where I make less than 80k. Will I get some kind of tax refund?

    Actually, as I'm typing this, I'm kind of answering my own question. "Yeah right"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue View Post
    It is almost painful to watch you twist and contort so while trying to maintain face even though you know you're as wrong as I do.
    I can assure you that there is no twisting going on over here. Although, I can understand how desirable the thought may be for you in this case.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue View Post
    No basis, eh?

    Here is your original link to the rightwing blogspot blog:
    http://politicalcalculations.blogspo...in-united.html

    Here is the link to The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (a conservative think tank founded in 1943) that your rightwing blogger references which is the entire foundation of your claim:
    http://www.aei.org/docLib/20061017_O...esentation.pdf

    I will let those with eyes to see, and minds to reason, decide for themselves.
    Where in those links does it show that you were correct in asserting that the authors "did statistical backflips, cherry-picked figures, ignored basic facts and methodology that any credible economist would use, in order to arrive at a preconceived political talking point that no other expert or legitimate economist agrees with"?

    That's right. Nowhere.

    Which leaves us with the simple observation that they are conservatives. Your implied argument has become, "It can't be true because it came from conservatives." Which is about as unscientific and logically flawed a view as it gets. I believe that this type of argument has lead to more than one book burning in the world's history.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue View Post
    Actually, I have whether you choose to admit it or not.
    David understood immediately the flaw I spelled out in the methodology your study used.
    Victims of violent crime and auto accidents do go to our hospitals and are part of our healthcare statistics.
    Their insurance (or lack of), treatment and care does determine whether some of them live or die so for your study to say that all deaths from violence and accidents are "non-healthcare related" is obviously false.
    No. That argument is obviously wrong.

    First, hospitals, by law, are required to treat individuals in an emergency, regardless of coverage. So, someone brought in due to violence or accident would be treated. That said, many people that die in car accidents or homicides do so before they get to the hospital.

    Second, there are many ways that people die that have nothing to do with the quality of their health care. Therefore, including them in a statistic for the purpose of evaluating quality of health care greatly diminishes the accuracy of the evaluation (as demonstrated by the authors you linked to above). When comparing nations for this purpose, it is even more dubious since the rates that people die in these non health-care related deaths is quite different between countries. To not account for these differences is to make the provably false assumption that all citizens in every country die of the same things at the exact same rates.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue View Post
    Did their methodology take that into account?
    Did they only count victims of crime and accidents that died without receiving any medical care?
    Did they account for the cases of uninsured victims that died in a 15 mile ambulance ride to the county hospital because the private hospital that was 1 mile away refused to take them?
    According to their footnotes, the answer is no.
    I have to chuckle at your bravado regarding critical thinking when you make statements like this.

    Their methodology was to start with the data used for the WHO rankings that some people use to claim that Life Expectancy means the US has poor quality of health care. In other words, you are criticizing the very argument that you apparently have faith in. Of course the WHO didn't use data that takes any of that into account. It's one more reason why using unadjusted life expectancy to evaluate quality of health care is junk science.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue View Post
    So now after all that, you decide that none of this matters.
    lol
    Yes, I agree that in a perfect world we would be able to decipher all the metrics and factors to be able to determine exactly how our system ranks against others... but that's impossible so we use common metrics that have been agreed upon by the leading economists and experts in the field to best represent a fair comparison.
    Well, since you're not a recognized expert, we can all assume that your thoughts and analysis on this subject are definitely false!

    Your ad hominem argument aside, the point of the study linked to above is to show that life expectancy does not accurately reflect quality of health care. They demonstrate that if we adjust only for commonly known rates of auto accident and homicides, it drastically changes the outcomes. Let alone all of the other factors that create other disparities between nations.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue View Post
    I think we can probably agree that the people who have been placed in charge of compiling the official statistics for the CIA Book of World Facts as well as official stats from other government institutions around the world could be considered "recognized experts", right?
    Hopefully, you can agree that there are many uses for the Life Expectancy statistic other than attempting to evaluate the quality of health care. You seem to have cornered yourself into the bizarre angle of implying that I am against calculating a statistic simply because there are obvious reasons why it can't accurately be applied to a specific subject.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loyal Rogue View Post
    Just as quality and accessibility are two different things.
    I don't dispute that we have some of the best healthcare money can buy in the USA.
    Unfortunately, the vast majority cannot afford it and therefor do not receive it.
    At least we're getting somewhere. However, the vast majority of Americans can and do afford healthcare and receive it all the time. Cancer survival rates for the entire population, including the uninsured, average better than single-payer countries. So, it would seem that quite a few of us are benefitting from "the best healthcare money can buy."
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