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  1. I agree with you I'd like to see cuts in military adventurism, and therefore cuts to military budgets. Where we differ is I would not sink the funds into other wasteful government projects. I'd not take it away from citizens...leaving more in people's hands to spend, invest, invent, and produce. That would allow societies to continue to improve life for all, as well as allowing societies to continue to grow.
  2. I was hoping to wind this down, but really quickly.... For the first part, again, I was speaking in context of 1 person needing medical care. If there is medicine in Cuba, but it is given somewhere else, then to that poor person with no connections, no foreign currency, there is no medicine. Sorry, come back later, maybe then there'll be some for you. The "to a person" part of the quote you brought up isn't just filler. As to the second part, did you say that Cuba rations due to the embargo? I think that's what you meant by this, but just making sure: "they ration due to economic reasons, du
  3. I was speaking in economic terms, not assigning morality. A public good, in economics, is defined as being non rivalrous and having non exclusivity. It's simply the basic mechanics of the two items.
  4. You're misquoting me a bit. I did not say those things (medicine, specialists, etc.) don't exist in Cuba at all. I asked in the context of one person. What good does it do to one person if we say "everything is covered", but that person can't get in to see someone? If they don't have the connections/foreign currency/gifts to give in order to get priority medicine/care? What good does it do that person if he/she has to go to a hospital for locals, where conditions are no better than 3rd world (where people from the us or Canada would be reluctant to go to the bathroom, let alone receive medical
  5. Perhaps I can be of help on this part of your post (ignoring the other parts, as that's a whole political philosophy discussion.) Anyway, the reason people distinguish socialized healthcare vs a military is because the military is a public good, while healthcare is not. In economic terms, a public good is one where you cannot exclude others from use, and use of it does not reduce the use by others. This is not true of healthcare. If I don't pay for national security, I still am protected by it. And my protection does not reduce the protection of my neighbor. Neither of these is true for hea
  6. You're only telling part of the story. You make it seem like traffic is flowing one way, from the US to Canada, for healthcare. As usual, the truth is more complicated. Many Canadians come to the US for healthcare, to the point where US border hospitals have made arrangements with the Canadian ministry of health. http://www.freep.com/article/20090820/BUSINESS06/908200420/Canadians-visit-U-S-get-health-care One quote: "Dany Mercado, a leukemia patient from Kitchener, Ontario, is cancer-free after getting a bone marrow transplant at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit. Told
  7. And the bottom line is that the US, as a society, doesn't deny life saving care to poor people. Do they get equal resources to someone who has insurance/resources? No. But the poor of Cuba do not get equal treatment either. I think some people have the tendency to view socialism with the attitude of "isn't it great, everyone is treated equally?" These same people don't bother looking at actual facts on the ground, they're content with the socialism label and everything else doesn't matter. For instance, it doesn't matter that Cuba keeps separate health care facilities, personnel, and equipmen
  8. The woman's name appears to be Anna Brown. If that's not the one, forgive me and please point me to the correct story (I think it's the correct one though, the date and state match). Anyway, if it is the correct one, you misrepresented her story a little bit. It appears she was given care, refused to leave, and appears to have been mistreated by the police (the police claimed she was on drugs, and left her alone over night on the jail floor, and died from blood clots). I think the story here has more to do with her treatment by the police (who automatically assumed she was on drugs and procee
  9. It's illegal in the US for practically any emergency room to refuse treatment based on an inability to pay (EMTALA). Maybe some people broke the law in your example (you'd have to provide a cite), but the "society" in the US does not deny access to treatment for a lack of ability to pay. And when you factor in quality of care (have you seen the facilities that poor Cubans are required to use, vs the ones they are barred from that exist for foreign nationals and connected friends of government officials), it's not even close. If someone claims they'd rather be a poor person in Cuba than the US,
  10. If you're going to be in Newark, New York City is extremely close. Might go into the city if you feel like. If you have your heart set on NJ, I can let you know of a few places (very good Portuguese food in Newark).

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