[ExI] What Makes People Vote Republican

Damien Sullivan phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu
Sat Sep 20 01:33:02 UTC 2008

On Sat, Sep 20, 2008 at 11:50:26AM +1030, Emlyn wrote:

> back to insurance (and that becomes an eternal pain point, to be
> sure). Secondly, public  health care isn't a five-star hotel kind of
> experience; it's batch mode. It's not fun to be in hospital like that,
> but then maybe that's a useful disincentive to abusing the system.

I never got this "abuse" fear.  Health care isn't like energy, where you
can use unbounded amounts of it.  No one wants another MRI or
colonoscopy.  If you got a flu vaccine, you don't need another shot that
year of the same batch.  If you're not wounded, you don't need
antiseptic or a bandaid; if you are, you only need so much.  If you're
healthy, you're healthy.  It's possible for demand to exceed supply,
especially at the end of life, but it's also at least conceivable for
supply to exceed demand, which isn't true of energy.

-xx- Damien X-) 

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