Why can't the healthcare industry expand? Because the barriers to entry are too high. The industry can't (or, I suspect, doesn't want to) train and certify doctors fast enough to keep up with the growth in demand.
If we didn't have a government-supported cartel of medical professionals deciding who can practice medicine in the US, I'm reasonably certain foreign-trained doctors would flood the country because they could make more here than they could at home, even while offering much lower prices than Americans are used to. This would be terrible for the incumbent medical profession, because they'd have to lower their prices to compete. It wouldn't be great for banks either, because doctors who took out exorbitant loans to pay for medical school would have a hard time paying off their loans.
Given what I just wrote, you might think I'm a free-market fundamentalist who thinks the solution is to just deregulate everything, but you'd be wrong. I think government needs to be part of the solution to America's healthcare woes. I do, however, think coming up with a realistic solution will have to involve coming to terms with the way existing regulations have created such a dysfunctional market., and they way the medical industry has a vested interest in preventing reform.
I'm not saying there aren't people who get screwed specifically by high drug prices — I know there are — but IMHO it's different from the problem of general healthcare being unaffordable.
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I'm happy with my skin. I never wanted to be a boy, I just wanted to do all the things people tried to tell me were boy things to do. Climbing trees in a dress is..humiliating, so I learned early to wear clothing that suited the things I wanted to do.
When I was 2 1/2, my aunt tried to take me dress shopping for my uncle's wedding. I flatly refused. She laughs to this day impersonating my foot stomp and blunt I don't want to wear a dress, I want overalls!
I've never changed. I'm relatively androgynous in appearance at first glance, and get frequently called Sir at first contact with service industry folks. I've learned to let the unmeant insult slide right off a duck's back. But I get a lot of looks in women's bathrooms. I always try to catch the woman with my eyes so she can see me. It's the people I can't get to see me as me that I worry about.
I wish I could find some of the harassers and kick them in the teeth. Nobody deserves to be harassed, but it's especially galling to me when it happens to someone as accomplished as Frazelle.
(BTW, the headline paints Docker in a much better light than the article itself. Frazelle isn't exactly backing up their claim that they did everything they could to help her.)
baaahahah this is not a joke - the philanderer is looking to be acting POTUS, again - almost as if he didn't trust Hillary to make decisions...
I think I saw this play before, in Dick Cheney
As president, Clinton turned a blind eye to big banks when he repealed FDR’s Glass-Steagall Act, which separated commercial and investment banking. This allowed big banks to merge, becoming “too big to fail.” Clinton also signed the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which prevented derivatives from being regulated, opening the door for risky business on the part of banks. Finally, he passed policies that made it easier for banks to practice predatory lending and give risky mortgages to low-income homebuyers. All of these policies eventually wrecked havoc on the global economy in the form of the 2007-08 financial crisis.
Vote for #Clinton if you want to see just how deep the Clinton hole goes...
El Chapo, though, arguably knows a good bit about security and how to make places effectively secure. Tommy Chong certainly knows a lot more about which drugs are actually dangerous than some prior DEA heads. Nugent doesn't know much about anything, but apparently alcohol and guns are two rare exceptions.
Can we expunge the word "privilege" from our conversations? Really. It is the n word for white people.
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