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    Socialized Health Care: good or bad

    1. The STARK laws prevent doctors from profiteering from this. Thus when I order a head cat scan to rule out brain tumor, I don't get any kickback from the hospital imaging center for these referalls. If I own a cat scan machine facility, I cannot send any of my patients there for diagnostic...
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    Socialized Health Care: good or bad

    Regarding tort reform, as one poster commented , the direct measure of cost in this country's health care dollars is miniscule but it's indirect costs comes about in two ways: 1) With such a culture of fear of lawsuits, it becomes very hard for practioners and institutions to be transparent...
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    A Libertarian Position Against Abortion

    Agree I have never understood why both prolifers and prochoicers argue pro abortion or anti abortion based on the ethics of defining when the embyro is considered "alive and human". Unfortunately, even within the field of embryology, there is no black and white defintion of when life begins (...
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    Mcain plan will dessimate employer based health coverage

    Not true. The key thing is if they stay healthy they continue their sweet deal with the individual plan. As soon as you become sick and start over utilizing the insurance plan my patient's with individual insurance plans see their premiums doubling or tripling or they get dropped altogether...
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    Mcain plan will dessimate employer based health coverage

    To quote the article you quoted... Regarding Mcain's plan whom they weren't so keen about either. In other words his plan does nothing to increase the insurance coverage for Americans but has shifted the onus on individuals who will pay the same price or more for less coverage. They agree...
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    Mcain plan will dessimate employer based health coverage

    Solidus, regarding the "free market individual health market" Since i deal with health insurance on a very intinmate level as both a provider, insurance biller, buyer and employer. 1. Administrative expenses are twice as high in nongroup markets as in group markets. The costs are higher...
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    Mcain plan will dessimate employer based health coverage

    Honestly cant believe why there is not much furor over this. As an employer I lose my tax benefit by providing employee insurance,. For the public this essentially amounts to a hell of a huge income tax hike ( for the republicans here on the forum). This also means my healthy employees will...
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    Mcain plan will dessimate employer based health coverage

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/opinion/16herbert.html?hp I ama small business owner and provide insurance for my 25 plus employees. Does anyone else think this is a bad idea?
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    Tibet: anti-Chinese rule protests spread to other areas

    This is my take on Tibet China needs to defend its frontiers efficiently and maintian contol over the country, preventing regionalism and factionalism. ( In fact it is it's talent at doing so is why I believe it is the oldest surviving great empire capable of controlling its 56 ethnic...
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    Opposing political views and marriage

    My husband is a libertarian/republican, I am liberal. He is southern baptist and I am a Diest with Buddist philosophies. We have been happily married with children for over ten years. Great sex life, great conversations, we respect each others views.
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    Congress Raising Fed. Cig Tax to $1 from $0.39 for CHIP

    I'm sorry I did not clarify with the cocaine analogy. ( I use cocaine because both nicotine and cocaine are highly addictive drugs). An individual's real life experience with a drug varies from person to person, so my friend who has snorted cocaine for ten years without any adverse effect...
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    Congress Raising Fed. Cig Tax to $1 from $0.39 for CHIP

    So between my experience WITH 15,000 patients and scores of clinical data showing smokers have more complications , if that doesn't convince you, so be it. Since all the searches I do will only provide empirical( not testimonial proof) that smokers have more hospital complications, then go...
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    Congress Raising Fed. Cig Tax to $1 from $0.39 for CHIP

    There are always exceptions to the rule but I see at least 30-50 hospitalized patients a week and the consensus is there. . There is unbiased, non testimonial research to back up my experience. Smoking causes so much problems in terms of wound healing, postoperative pneumonias cardiac events...
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    Congress Raising Fed. Cig Tax to $1 from $0.39 for CHIP

    The way I see it , it is no different from any other luxury tax. Like jewelry, candy and furs, a person does not need cigarettes to go on living. I think it is commendable that the most powerful and richest nation in the world is doing something to protect the most innocent and vulnerable...
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    Congress Raising Fed. Cig Tax to $1 from $0.39 for CHIP

    Regarding the tangential topic of the cost of smoking, There is a good article on the cost of smoking to society vs non smokers: Cost of Smoking ACS :: Smoking Costs US $157 Billion Each Year For the record, the majority of long hospital stays ( post surgical complications etc.) belong to my...
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