[ExI] anti-capitalist propaganda, was: retrainability of plebeians

Emlyn emlynoregan at gmail.com
Mon May 4 14:33:08 UTC 2009

2009/5/4 Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com>:
> 2009/5/4 MB <mbb386 at main.nc.us>:
>>> Centralized spending on health is a really, really good idea. I don't
>>> know how US citizens don't freak out every day, dealing with the
>>> health system you've got. No wonder there's so much focus on getting
>>> rich; you have to, just in case you get sick.
>> I simply do not see it this way.
>> I've been very pleased with my health care. I've been able to choose my doctors,
>> I've been able to get appointments when I needed them, service was speedy.  And yes,
>> there have been medical problems, illness which was hard to diagnose, frustrating to
>> treat.
>> My best friend dealt with the Veteran's Administration (gov't run) hospital service.
>>  Often I was his chauffeur and any appointment took the entire day - wait wait wait.
>> Meds were delayed hours, and there were big waiting rooms just for the pharmacy.
>> Each visit to the VA reinforced my joy and relief at dealing with the private
>> sector.
> An interesting compromise is publicly funded, privately provided
> health care, like in Australia. The government acts as a big health
> insurer, ensuring that everyone is covered and that less money is
> wasted through (I guess) inefficient competing private health funds.
> The per capita absolute spending on health care in Australia is about
> half that in the US, for about equal health outcomes. The main
> disadvantage is that if you are rich you pay a higher proportion of
> your income through the compulsory levy than you would if you only
> paid for private insurance.
> --
> Stathis Papaioannou

You don't have to pay the levy if you have health insurance though,
no? Or do you still pay the basic levy?


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