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Friday, August 14. 2009
There is little likelihood of the Democrats losing control of
San Diego Union-Tribune editor Chris Reed fills in the blanks.
Reed also provides some experience from a leading doctor in our northern neighbor. For example: “… the vast majority of provinces now rely on American health care to provide radiation therapy. Provinces do this because the clinically recommended waiting time for treatment is often badly exceeded.”
Both the Democrat and Republican line-ups for 2010’s governor election are still fluid.
Look for, hopefully, this question to be prominently asked of the potential candidates. Of course, don’t look for it to come from most of our major newspapers or TV “news” stations. It will take a
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As a Federalist I have no problem with the states trying different policies. I'm sure it will be an even worse failure than MA's program - thereby serving as a warning to other states.
Isn't amazing that none of the supporters are willing to learn anything from Massachusetts, Hawaii, Medicaid, Medicare, or Indian Health Service? There seems to be this blind faith that the next experiment will be superior, all experience to the contrary.
But I'm with you. Let 'em have at it. Individual states have that right. (That's one of the big advantages of our migration to Texas.)
If at some point we get a British-style NHS, I would expect a boom in Mexican clinics and hospitals designed to attract Americans. Maybe American expat doctors in Mexico? There is already a bit of this and we can expect much more. If Mexico can build Ford trucks for the US market, why not provide hip replacements for millions of US seniors? I would imagine that the Mexicans have already begun the planning. There could come a day when a Mexican hospital is thought of as automatically better than an American one - kind of like a Toyota being thought better than a Chevrolet.
Pharma could see a similar exodus. There is a good article in the current City Journal about how many US firms now have their computer chips designed in Israel. You just need brainpower, stability and a favorable business climate. Could Israel duplicate their success by becoming a global powerhouse in pharma? I can see Singapore giving it a try also - lots of nearby talent. I'm guessing here, but both Israel and Singapore probably have or could quickly develop legal and regulatory structures such that the world would feel confident in the safety of their products, something that continues to elude the Chinese.
It may be just the progressive hollowing out of US industrial capability - first the small appliance manufacture goes away, followed by the electronics and the cars, followed by the health care.
Letting their health service send Canadians to the US for specialized treatment is not, in itself, a bad idea or a demerit for the Canadian system.
Most Canadians live close to major US cities. Why duplicate very expensive facilities on both sides of the border?
Single payer and/or mandatory insurance is not appealing to me. I favor small, continuous improvements rather than Utopian Leaps.
The step beyond mandatory insurance is single provider. That would be worse. The US government doesn't have the money to nationalize US health care; it would have to simply seize the facilities outright, or by ruse, and impress the medical staffs.
Yea, let them do it. It would be the thing I'd need to run screaming from here, and hopefully bring my parents with me. (I justify staying because of them and the very excellent homeschooling laws. Not to mention, Silicon Valley is very free-markety, even if most of the people ironically don't believe in it.)
I guess it would be back to Texas. Or very very maybe Virginia.
Quig ... If you're going to ask for California's climate, you'll have to accept her earthquakes. Now if you would come to Texas, you would have no state income tax, a state that is also beautiful and varied, although we do have hurricanes if you live close to the Gulf, a Legislature which meets only every other year [keeps the political chicanery under better control] and a state which believes that owning and using guns responsibly is the right of every citizen. "An armed society is a more civil society," as the axiom goes. Best of all, Texas is not in bankruptcy and sliding headlong into socialism.
Hi, Bruce. This is Dr. Mercury, fellow guest-blogger.
While the cat's away, the mice will play.
From Bird Dog's last email to me this morning before taking off for two weeks:
Me: Should I judge it on a daily basis and if suddenly nothing's been posted for five or six hours, I should throw something up there?
BD: Sure. what the heck! Kesler will do that too.
BD has queued up a number of posts for the next few weeks, but it'll be up to you and me to fill in the gaps. If you want to try your hand with the morning links until Junkie returns, have at it. I'm simply not politically-motivated enough these days to even try.
In related news, I thought I'd toss a few tips on handling the goofy editor your way. It's always been a little funky, but that "upgrade" they did a while back really pooched the poor thing. Have you noticed it has a real penchant for putting an extra blank line in between paragraphs, like in your post up above? That's part of the problem.
First off, not that you'd probably ever use them, but Tables are history. The editor now puts this huge block of blank space both before and after the table. Did you notice the long list of 'Points of Confusion' I listed out in my Saturday post? Normally, those would have been in a Table, in two nice, neat columns, but no more.
Second, bullets are also a nightmare. It wants to put an extra blank line between the final line and the first bullet -- or no blank line at all -- and it also likes putting the bulleted line on the next line down below the bullet. Very funky.
The biggest problem is with importing text. That might be where your own extra-blank-line problem stems from. If you'll look at the top of the tool bar in the editor, there's a little drop-down menu in the middle. I've found that when I import text via Cut & Paste, it likes to revert to "Heading 5", and that's when the double-spacing problems begin.
There are two workarounds:
1. First, with the cursor in the box, hit Ctrl-A to highlight everything, then select "normal" on the drop-down menu. Sometimes that'll get rid of the "Heading 5" paragraphs, but not always.
2. If you click inside various paragraphs and the menu still reverts to "Heading 5" after doing the above, do this:
- Click on the "Toggle HTML Source" button in the tool bar.
Note: In the following, I'm going to use a left-hand parentheses mark instead of a left angled bracket because this editor views the angled brackets as actual page code and doesn't display them. Use all angled brackets in your operations.
- Hit Ctrl-F to open the browser's 'Find' box and do a search for "(h5>". (both angled brackets, remember) Delete any you see, then do a search for "(/h5>" and delete those, too. Click the "HTML" button again to go back to the WYSIWYG editor and that should do it.
If there are a bunch of them, it'd be quicker to do this:
- Go to HTML mode. Hit Ctrl-A to highlight everything, Ctrl-C to copy the text to memory.
- Open Notepad, punch in the text with Ctrl-V. Hit Ctrl-H to open Notepad's "Search & Replace" function. Type in "(h5>", leave the second box blank and click "Replace All". Then do the same for "(/h5".
- Hit Ctrl-A to highlight everything, Ctrl-C to copy it to memory, then go back to Maggie's editor, delete everything and punch in the fixed text with Ctrl-V. Click the HTML button again to go back to regular mode and that should do it.
The "normal" trick might also work if you're having problems with bullets.
Pics should be no wider than about 700 pixels. I noticed that the big pic in your "Woodstock Generation" post made the slider appear at the bottom of the browser because it pushed the page too wide. You can re-size a pic by grabbing a corner with the mouse and squeezing it down. A little box will pop up while doing so, conveniently showing you the new size.
Links should open in a new browser window. When you're punching the link into the little link box, select "New Window" in the drop-down "Target" menu.
And please do your part to help prevent global warming. I notice in a few of your posts that there's a large blank area at the bottom. This blatant waste of perfectly good pixels does nothing but increase our nation's energy demand and thus cause the atmosphere to warm up even more than it already has. Scientists expect the earth to reach the point of spontaneous combustion within 5 years, so please do your part to forestall this inevitable calamity.
By the way, if the editor seems real sluggish with Internet Explorer, try Firefox. There's still a big lag after you hit the 'Save' button, but Firefox seems to work better in general.
Any specific questions about the editor, just drop a line in one of my threads. You also have my email address in the notification about this post.
Best regards, and thanks for the fun contributions,