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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

pnewhook Re:People do what you incite them to do (626 comments)

Canadian health care costs are also rising unsustainably, just like the US ones.

Rising because of increasing and aging population, not because insurance companies are mandated to increase their profits by their shareholders every year. That's why health care in Canada is cheaper.

Going to a Canadian-style system is not a solution. Even if it could achieve cost containment, it wouldn't be acceptable for the US.

Why? Wouldn't the US population go for less of their tax dollars as a whole being spent of health care. Or not having to worry about having to declare bankruptcy if you or your family member got really sick? Or saving the lives of the estimated 100k people that die in the US every year because they cannot afford proper treatment?

In reality most western civilized countries have fully or partially funded health care. It is the US that is the exception.

Ah, I see, your mind is unmoved by facts. Learn something about the world beyond your borders for a change.

Its true. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publicly_funded_health_care:Most developed countries, with the exception of the United States, have partially or fully publicly funded health systems. Most western industrial countries have a system of social insurance based on the principle of social solidarity covers eligible people from bearing the direct burden of most health care expenditure, funded by taxation during their working life.

The only difference that Canada has is only a few things can be two tiered (private). I would like to have the option of private heath care if you choose to pay for it, but also keep the public system. This is how most western countries work. If you think differently please provide examples.

about 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

pnewhook Re:People do what you incite them to do (626 comments)

Running arms to both sides of a conflict escalating that war and directly resulting in the heaths of tens of thousands of people can not be helped?? Get a grip.

about 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

pnewhook Re:People do what you incite them to do (626 comments)

So, in different words, your father didn't have to think about whether he actually needed the pacemaker or whether a cheaper treatment would have also worked. Maybe he actually needed it, but that kind of approach is the reason costs are rising much faster than inflation.

Ive already stated the Canadian costs are about half of that in the US. It seems the US is the ones with the unnecessary medical procedures.

Portable private insurance with an individual insurance mandate would be a reasonable system for the US, and most civilized countries have that, not the bizarre system that exists in Canada and the UK.

In reality most western civilized countries have fully or partially funded health care. It is the US that is the exception.

about 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

pnewhook Re:People do what you incite them to do (626 comments)

So you have no problem with your country selling weapons and training foreign military on both sides of a conflict (Iran / Iraq), or doing the same to get a foreign military to overthrow their democratically elected government and replace with a puppet dictatorship (US backed dirty wars in central america among others)? Really?

about 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

pnewhook Re:People do what you incite them to do (626 comments)

If the US really had better treatments and outcomes, then you would think their life expectancy would be higher than Canada, but it is not: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy

Also for the majority of afflictions you are far better off in Canadda than the US: http://www.openmedicine.ca/article/view/8/1

So, for comparable or less outcome, for this the US spends twice the amount per capita and per GDP than we do in Canada.

Personally my child was born 10 weeks premature. He required a top teir hospital and round the clock monitoring for about 8 weeks before being discharged. He also requires a number of medical tests up until he is 2 for monitoring of side effects to check his development. There was no waiting ever for anything that he needed. I've read online of people in the US that went through the same thing and their bill ended up being close to half a million dollars or more. The majority of which would have been covered but still. All I had to pay for was parking.

My father also went to the hospital complaining of weakness. They checked him out and immediately prepped him for surgery for a pacemaker. He received what they said was a $50k pacemaker, top of the line. No wait, no bills.

No the Canadian system is not perfect. Yes there are wait times for non life threatening conditions, so yet it definitely needs improving. But given my experiences with the Canadian and American systems (my sister is American - when she went into labour they would not send an ambulance until she gave them a visa number), makes me firmly believe our system is the correct way to go and I would never trade it for a private system like the US. Obama is on the right track - he just has to ignore the uninformed idiots and keep pushing.

about 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

pnewhook Re:People do what you incite them to do (626 comments)

You're talking about peace through repression and you missed my point. The US foreign policy *created* the current conflicts we see.

about 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

pnewhook Re:People do what you incite them to do (626 comments)

I can also see any doctor I want anytime. I dont even have to be in the same province. Anywhere in Canada.

Please cite statistics that you get better health care on average than Canadians, because statistics also show that over 16% of US citizens have zero health care at all.

about 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

pnewhook Re:People do what you incite them to do (626 comments)

You may not like the present state of world affairs, but it could be far worse without a stabilizing force like the United States.

So you do realize that the current Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan wars were all created by the US foreign policy of selling arms to either or both sides in the 70's thru 90's in an attempt to destabilize the region? Read you own history first and then come back and comment please.

about 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

pnewhook Re:People do what you incite them to do (626 comments)

Why would I want a Canadian-style health care and retirement plan when I already have a better private plan in the US?

I have insight into both health care systems. Unless you are rich and are paying for everything yourself, you definitely do not have better health coverage than we have in Canada.

about 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

pnewhook Re:People do what you incite them to do (626 comments)

The truth is, part of that 2 billion a day you lament the US military is spending goes in part towards providing military security to countries like Canada that don't spend enough on their own defense.

The actual truth is the US is spending $2billion to fix their own mess they created with their moronic foreign policy.

about 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

pnewhook Re:People do what you incite them to do (626 comments)

And as for their "free" health care don't forget the doctor shortages and waiting lists. I live right near the Canadian border and a significant portion of the hospital staff are Canadian. It's also not uncommon for Canadians to come over here to have procedures done because there's no one who will do it or the waiting list is so long they'll be dead by the time their "free" health care is able to treat them

That's just nonsense spread by Republican based spin trying to discredit any government sponsored heath care. If you are in critical need the procedure or service you will get it right away. No one has ever died waiting for a procedure. Pure nonsense.

but in spite of what you've heard about Canada, their system is not as perfect as you think

No its definitely not perfect but its a hell of a lot better than the US system that will drive you bankrupt if you get sick.

about 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

pnewhook Re:People do what you incite them to do (626 comments)

Canada has 15% corporate tax rate (http://www.canadabusinesstax.com/corporate-income-tax-rates/), 52 week combined maternity/parental leave, free health care, and federal pension plan.

There is no reason the US cannot provide the same level of benefits except for political bickering and the close to 2 billion *per day* the US spends on its military.

about 2 years ago
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A Day In the Life of a "Booth Babe"

pnewhook Re:There was a talk show with models (687 comments)

A model is no more a sex object than a store mannequin is a sex toy. They are selling products, they are not hookers. Get some perspective.

about 2 years ago
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Beneath Africa, Survey Finds 'Huge' Water Reserves

pnewhook Re:Oh no (292 comments)

Sure I can buy a chainsaw, but do I really need 50 different chainsaws??? give me a break!!

about 2 years ago
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Beneath Africa, Survey Finds 'Huge' Water Reserves

pnewhook Re:Oh no (292 comments)

Do you believe in creationism? And why have a gun anyway? - arguing that its a constitutional right is a fallacy.

about 2 years ago
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Beneath Africa, Survey Finds 'Huge' Water Reserves

pnewhook Re:Oh no (292 comments)

You mean like what was done with most of the railroads in North America at the turn of the century - being build on the backs of Chinese laborers?

about 2 years ago
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Beneath Africa, Survey Finds 'Huge' Water Reserves

pnewhook Re:Oh no (292 comments)

Indeed. As long as the people there do not understand what their problems are, they will not get out of their current situation. Education is the only way to achieve that. "Gifts" from the west only result in laziness, which is one primary enemy of education. Most people are only willing to learn if there is no alternative. Sad but true.

Agreed. Which is why the ten poorest US states should lose all of their federal support money until every last citizen of appropriate age gets a high school diploma, and in science not religious dogma creationism. Too many rednecks running around in pickup trucks with guns breeding then getting welfare handouts.

about 2 years ago
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Canadian Mint To Create Digital Currency

pnewhook Re:I'm a little hesitant to like this (298 comments)

I dont care what you felt, I read how they are made. They are entirely polymer with no paper/linen at all.

about 2 years ago
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Canadian Mint To Create Digital Currency

pnewhook Re:A better name (298 comments)

east coaster now living in central canada

about 2 years ago

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Dextre Rises

pnewhook pnewhook writes  |  more than 3 years ago

pnewhook (788591) writes "Canada’s Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, or Dextre, has been declared fit for duty aboard the International Space Station, following a lengthy apprenticeship that came to an end with a pre-Christmas demonstration of the muscular robot’s fine sense of touch.
The Dec. 23-24 exercise, carried out by U.S. and Canadian experts from NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston, certified Dextre for the removal of external cargo from Japan’s second unmanned H-II Transfer Vehicle. The transport capsule, Kounotori, is scheduled to begin a seven-day journey to the station with a Jan. 20 launching from the Tanegashima Space Center."

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