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Healthcare Around the World

August 24, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Since we’ve been looking at elements of healthcare reform at a pretty micro level, arguing about single lines within a 1,000+ page bill that may or may not be voted on by Congress, this Fresh Air interview is good for getting us some healthy perspective on where we’re at and where we’re thinking about going:

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  • need_to_comment 08/25/2009 6:56am

    Donnyshaw, next are you going to provide us with some information against socialized medicine? Why does what the rest of the world in regards to health insurance have any bearing on us? Our country is unique, our constitution is unique and our way of life is unique. We are not under England’s control anymore!

  • sonni43 08/26/2009 7:24am

    It would be to our demise if we assume that no other country can teach us anything. We are the youngest nation on earth, and it is NOT as sign of weakness to admit that we are not doing the best job for our citizens in certain areas – particularly health care.

    I don’t understand why it’s “American” to deny people health care when they need it, or if they have a pre-existing condition. Why is this something we should be proud of? Is it really that much more important to make sure that someone is making a profit over caring for each other? I thought this was supposed to be a “Christian” nation?

    America cannot operate without interacting with other nations on this earth – we cannot be this self-sustaining system that most people perceive we can. If you don’t think that’s true – just let this country go without oil for one week and we will perish, and OPEC knows that!!!

  • need_to_comment 08/27/2009 5:50am

    Youngest nation on earth…are you kidding? How about Kosovo in 2008. Actually since 1990 33 nations have been created. Ever looked at that old globe you had in elementary school and you don’t recognize half of the countries in eastern Europe? With a little research you would find we are one of the oldest Republics. Older than Great Britain, remember…they were a Monarchy when we declared our independence?
    You really should read the U.S. Constitution and find where it is the Federal Government’s responsibility to provide heath insurance. Look really hard, because it’s not there. Therefore, it’s a state’s right. If you want to live in a state that has mandatory health insurance, move to Hawaii or Mass. And please don’t get me going on the oil thing. Drill Baby Drill!

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