Well, yes, it is the Jewish homeland, but the Palestinian people have been there just as long.
No, Jews lived there before the Romans came ca 0 C.E. and occupied it continuously to the present. That's "occupied", not "ruled". Arabs didn't arrive until after the Western Empire fell, ca 500 C.E. Dates VERY approximate, but Jews were there centuries, if not millenia before Arabs. I'm not arguing for or against that making a difference. Just correcting the historical inaccuracy. After all, as a European-American, I don't propose giving the country back to the Native Americans, even if they deserve it.
Mackey misses the point that this is 2009, not 1787 and the world has changed. Except for Republicans and Libertarians. Maybe he should remind his customers that they have no Constitutional right to pure food and drugs. Maybe he should remind his employees that they have no Constitutional right to fair wages and a safe work environment. Maybe he should tell his Board of Directors that he is resigning.
I've heard good things about the German system, but I thought it was government run insurance like the public option, not a co-op for buying private insurance, as I've heard the House is down to in light of Republican demands.
Government health officials in England have decided that $22,750 (£14,000) is what six months' life is worth. Under their socialised system, if a medical treatment costs more, you're out of luck - Club for Growth
The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) decides whether new drugs represent value for money for the NHS in England and Wales. It replied: "This is a gross misrepresentation of how Nice applies health economics to try and address the central issue: how to allocate healthcare rationally within the context of limited healthcare resources. Nice assesses the cost of a treatment in terms of a cost-utility analysis which takes account of the quality adjusted life year - the amount and quality of extended life it is hoped the patient will gain. The current ceiling is £30,000 but exceptions are made."
So there is a ceiling and it's for a year, not six months. Score one for the right-wingers.
Why do the Health Care bills have to be so complicated? I was talking to a genuine winger yesterday at work. He was telling me how he was dead set against the public option. I told him, "You know, an idea some people are kicking around is to just let people under 65 sign up for Medicare and pay the cost as a premium. Strictly optional, you could still buy your Blue Cross if you wanted to." He considered that for a while and said,"Yes, I could go along with that." This is not the guy that tests power circuits with wet fingers, but another follower of Fox News and Bill O'Reilly.
Why the Hell do we have a thousand page bill that can be picked to pieces by Harry and Louise? The euthanasia services are fine, but do not belong in this bill. It is a peripheral item that should be in a separate bill, along with the Medicaid funding changes and Medicare Advantage (a real Orwellian name).