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Old Jun 11th 2012, 6:17 pm
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All things being equal, I'd rather have the NHS myself.
With the NHS, you have the Death Panels to contend with. Whereas in America you never know when you'll come across them..
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Old Jun 11th 2012, 6:21 pm
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Default Re: What's your LEAST favorite thing about the US?

Least favorite thing ? - well probably the healthcare mess but that follows on from the weird politics. Case in point, I was at a party last weekend out in the woods. Some of my father in law's family were there - not well off guys & undoubtedly on government help (one of them looked about as healthy as Shane Macgowan and had even less teeth). Sure enough all of them are conservatives, hate Obama and want to vote in the GOP who want to screw people like them with the Ryan plan. I think in a poll I saw recently about 2 thirds of Americans want Obamacare struck down. Problem lies in the founding ethos of American political culture which is a profound distrust of government.
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Old Jun 11th 2012, 6:26 pm
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I think in a poll I saw recently about 2 thirds of Americans want Obamacare struck down. Problem lies in the founding ethos of American political culture which is a profound distrust of government.
I'm currently working at a medical facility where a size-able group of staff hold weekly prayer meetings hoping to end "Obamacare". Talking to these people, who are all degree-ed and supposably intelligent, they are all terrified of any government involvement in health care. A little ironic when just over 240 of the 270 or so cases they handled last week were Medicare.
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Old Jun 11th 2012, 6:29 pm
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I'm currently working at a medical facility where a size-able group of staff hold weekly prayer meetings hoping to end "Obamacare". Talking to these people, who are all degree-ed and supposably intelligent, they are all terrified of any government involvement in health care. A little ironic when just over 240 of the 270 or so cases they handled last week were Medicare.
How much effort does it take to not piss yourself laughing at them?
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I'm currently working at a medical facility where a size-able group of staff hold weekly prayer meetings hoping to end "Obamacare". Talking to these people, who are all degree-ed and supposably intelligent, they are all terrified of any government involvement in health care. A little ironic when just over 240 of the 270 or so cases they handled last week were Medicare.
Oh jeeze.
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Old Jun 11th 2012, 6:31 pm
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I'm currently working at a medical facility where a size-able group of staff hold weekly prayer meetings hoping to end "Obamacare". Talking to these people, who are all degree-ed and supposably intelligent, they are all terrified of any government involvement in health care. A little ironic when just over 240 of the 270 or so cases they handled last week were Medicare.
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Old Jun 11th 2012, 6:32 pm
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I'm currently working at a medical facility where a size-able group of staff hold weekly prayer meetings hoping to end "Obamacare". Talking to these people, who are all degree-ed and supposably intelligent, they are all terrified of any government involvement in health care. A little ironic when just over 240 of the 270 or so cases they handled last week were Medicare.
and that's in Oregon. Imagine it in the more nutty states.
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Old Jun 11th 2012, 6:51 pm
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Default Re: What's your LEAST favorite thing about the US?

Yes the wide hatred of 'socialized' healthcare is frustrating - not because it's a difference of opinion, but because a large part comes from ignorance (and more so being fed distortions).

I remember a conservative op-ed which suggested that due to his condition, Stephen Hawking would be dead if he was British. A day or so later, Mr Hawking pointed out the obvious.
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Old Jun 11th 2012, 7:03 pm
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Default Re: What's your LEAST favorite thing about the US?

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Yes the wide hatred of 'socialized' healthcare is frustrating - not because it's a difference of opinion, but because a large part comes from ignorance (and more so being fed distortions).

I remember a conservative op-ed which suggested that due to his condition, Stephen Hawking would be dead if he was British. A day or so later, Mr Hawking pointed out the obvious.
I just had to look this up, sadly the "Investor's Business Daily" has 'errors', no kidding.

"I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the NHS" was Hawkins rebuttal.

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Old Jun 11th 2012, 7:04 pm
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Just one? That's going to be tough...

Over all though, it's okay here, despite pretty much what everyone else has said
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Old Jun 11th 2012, 7:08 pm
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I wish the sun didn't shine every day, and that it would be grey and gloomy more often. Grey brightens my mood.

I wish that petrol was more expensive, so that I would have to ride the bus more often. I then would be able to stand outside in the cold, wind and rain, getting splashed while waiting for an overdue bus.

I wish I couldn't turn right on red - it would give me more time to be in my own little bubble.

I wish surgery wouldn't be scheduled quite as quickly. I would rather put off an operation for about 18 months - to give me time to get worse, then I could stay in hospital longer.

I wish the police were slower in reaction time. If I'm going to loot a shop, I enjoy knowing that I have time to pick and choose.

I wish they wouldn't wrap bread and baked goods in cellophane. If they leave them unwrapped on the counter. you can pick it up and smell it, squeeze it, and put it back down again if you don't want it.

I wish windows didn't have screens on them. I have a big fly swatter, and I would enjoy chasing flies and wasps around the house.

I wish there wasn't ample parking outside places of business, doctor's, dentist, etc. I would prefer to park in a car park at a high fee for a few hours.

I wish the beaches were more crowded. It's boring when someone's else's kids aren't screaming in your ear, and throwing sand on you.

I wish there was more dog poo around. I could do with the exercise from jumping over it.

I wish people wouldn't smile so much, and be so friendly. It confuses me. They should complain more.

I wish there more threads on BE about what is wrong with the US, and how the UK is better in every aspect. I could buy myself a one-way ticket to the UK to savour utopia. Then I could kick myself for not buying a return ticket!
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Hershey's chocolate.
So true. my otherwise sensible friends glom it down and keep offering it to me and are shocked and appalled when i point out it takes like regurgitated margarine and i'd rather not partake in that "chocolate'
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How much effort does it take to not piss yourself laughing at them?
A lot. It is a never ending source of merriment though.
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and that's in Oregon. Imagine it in the more nutty states.
I have a friend who was born and raised in rural Louisiana. He says this is the most conservative, red-neck place he has ever lived in. It's a very different Oregon when you cross the Cascades.
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I'm currently working at a medical facility where a size-able group of staff hold weekly prayer meetings hoping to end "Obamacare". Talking to these people, who are all degree-ed and supposably intelligent, they are all terrified of any government involvement in health care. A little ironic when just over 240 of the 270 or so cases they handled last week were Medicare.
How much effort does it take to not piss yourself laughing at them?
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