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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 04:11 PM
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29. oddly, most other industrial nations disagree with that assessment...
Edited on Mon Jul-11-11 04:11 PM by mike_c
...and they manage to do it rather well, despite assurances from our leaders that "we must cut cut cut."

My daughter and SIL are in Europe (presently in London, shoutout to our Brit friends!). She had a relatively minor but painful health crisis recently, and went to the hospital with considerable trepidation. They have no insurance, you see. They cannot afford it. Of course, she received excellent, immediate, and FREE medical care in London, and would have enjoyed similar care, with minor variation in the arrangements, just about anywhere else in Europe.

Coincidentally, none of those European nations that can somehow afford to provide civilized medical care for their citizens (and visitors!) spends more than half their national budget on their military and its misadventures, like the U.S. does. None of them let their wealthiest citizens and corporations exploit the social order for personal profit without helping to support that selfsame order. Might be just a coincidence, of course, but I suspect there's a connection in there somewhere....
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