[ExI] Was medical marijuana. On Insurance

Colin D colin.dodson at gmail.com
Tue Jul 20 13:05:07 UTC 2010

>Grrrr.  That just ended the entire art of "insurance" and will eventually
end private insurance leaving only government players.  >Which was likely
the idea.

>How did the land of freedom fall so far that we allow government to tell us
what to do and to tell insurers who to insure and at what >rates?
May I be so egalitarian as to suggest that perhaps the so-called 'free
market' isn't the best solution for all problems, and that just maybe
everyone who wants it deserves suitable and appropriate health-care,
regardless of their material wealth? With the idea in mind that human lives
are priceless, the notion of health insurance in the first place is a
ridiculous and inhumane proposition. In a time when such resources were
truly scarce, it made sense, but in today's world, very few real resources
are anywhere near scarcity-it is simply an invented problem.  To be
perfectly honest, your attitude as an extropian (but apparently not
transhumanist? ((as transhumanism is rooted in humanism)) ) deeply disturbs
me.  How are we to advance as a species or community or civilization or
whatever you'd like to call it if we are not willing to collectively take on
the cost of all of our most basic physical well-being?

>I am also very concerned what will likely happen to medical R&D and
advanced treatments in this country.
I suppose it is recent research that more money doesn't always lead to the
greatest productivity or progress. As it turns out, paying someone more than
a certain amount to do a job will not make them do it any better at all.
What works better is to pay them enough that money is no longer an issue
(may I be so bold as to suggest that a great many more problems would be
eased or solved by making money a non-issue...) and provide them with
autonomy and choice in their work.

  Yours etc.,
    Colin D

On Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 7:29 AM, Stefano Vaj <stefano.vaj at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2010/7/12 Gregory Jones <spike66 at att.net>
> > Ja agreed, but smoking a plant may be the cheapest way to administer any
> drug.
> Really? What about ingestion?
> Chewing tobacco would seem to me simpler and cheaper than smoking it.
> Not to mention all one has to do before getting smokable freebase cocaine.
> --
> Stefano Vaj
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