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    Re: Obama's FY 2012 Budget

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    sales of previously owned homes fell 9.6%, february over january, lowest level in 9 years

    median value declined 5.2%, february of 11 over february of 10

    foreclosures and short sales comprise 39% of all transactions

    a record 33% of sales were all cash as credit continues to crunch

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    manchin:

    Dem senator breaks with his party and Obama, again – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs

    you folks are gonna have a lotta trouble with this fella, he already voted AGAINST dream and dadt, he famously planted that bullet in cap and trade

    he must want to keep his job

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    Re: Obama's FY 2012 Budget

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    No it isn't opinion is it? Here try this one....


    The Trouble with Canadian Healthcare —


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    Actually it is an opinion piece.

    Brett J. Skinner is director of bio-pharma, health, and insurance policy at the Fraser Institute. He is the principal author of “The Hidden Costs of Single-Payer Health Insurance: A Comparison of the United States and Canada” (available here).

    Let's look at a poll or two:

    One-fourth of American respondents are either "very" or "somewhat" satisfied with "the availability of affordable healthcare in the nation," (6% very satisfied and 19% somewhat satisfied). This level of satisfaction is significantly lower than in Canada, where 57% are satisfied with the availability of affordable healthcare, including 16% who are very satisfied. Roughly 4 in 10 Britons are satisfied (43%), but only 7% say they are very satisfied (similar to the percentage very satisfied in the United States).

    Healthcare System Ratings: U.S., Great Britain, Canada

    According to a Harris Poll of all industrial nations, Americans are the least satisfied with their health care.

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    According the Harris Poll of all industrial nations, Canadians are the most satisfied with their health care.

    Single Payer Health Care System

    This speaks to author's OPINION that Canadians are becoming disatitified with their system.

    In other discussions I've listed wait times, which are comparable. But remember, if you don't have access, the wait time is signifcantly longer, as in almost never.
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    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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    Less than two weeks after he denounced President Barack Obama’s “failure to lead” on cutting deficit spending, freshman Sen. Joe Manchin is taking his argument home to his West Virginia constituents. Warning that “we cannot ignore the fiscal Titanic of our national debt and deficit,” the Democrat stressed his unwillingness to simply rubber-stamp his party’s positions in a Monday morning speech at the University of Charleston. “There are some in Washington who believe we can simply ignore the fiscal peril we face as a nation,” he said. “They are wrong.”

    Facing a tough battle for a full term in the Senate, Manchin is making clear efforts to distance himself from what he sees as dithering on the national debt, coming from Democrats and from Washington as a whole. The former West Virginia governor asked earlier this month: “Why are we doing all this when the most powerful person in these negotiations — our president — has failed to lead this debate or offer a serious proposal for spending and cuts that he would be willing to fight for?” Last week, 64 senators signed a letter to Obama asking him to play a larger role in solving the debt crisis.

    Manchin has also “gone rogue” in his efforts to get reelected, meeting with Senate Republican leaders and hinting that he might not vote for Obama next year.

    In his early March floor speech, Manchin blasted the president for largely staying out of budget negotiations and for proposing too few cuts, and on Monday he will repeat many of those tropes.

    Manchin said that he plans to stand firm in his fiscal conservatism. “We must get our fiscal house in order. We must be honest about what we value and what we need to spend your taxpayer dollars on — not what just sounds good,” he said. “In the coming weeks, we will face many difficult budget decisions. I know it will not be easy. I know that it will take compromise. I know it will be partisan and difficult. I know that everyone will have to give up something and no one will want to relinquish anything. But we cannot ignore the fiscal Titanic of our national debt and deficit.”
    Joe Manchin keeps hitting Dems over budget - Jennifer Epstein - POLITICO.com

    "there are some in washington who feel we can simply ignore the fiscal peril we face as a nation"

    to whom could the rump senator from west virginia be referring?

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    The 2009 WTA Report Card measured the total wait
    facing patients across a range of services and procedures that
    go beyond the narrow focus of the 5 priority areas and found
    long waits in both the referral-to-specialist-consultation stage
    and specialist-consultation-to-treatment stage. Furthermore,
    5 million Canadians do not have a regular family
    physician/GP and may have to wait longer at the beginning
    of their health care journey.

    Despite being hailed as signs of progress, recent wait-time
    reports show how far we still have to go. When it comes to
    wait times, Canadians are selling themselves short. Canadians
    deserve timely access to health care and accurate information
    on how long they can expect to wait for a consultation,
    test or procedure. Unfortunately, Canada is one of the few
    developed countries with universal health care systems where
    patients face long waits for necessary care.
    http://www.waittimealliance.ca/media...portcard_e.pdf

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    today: Dallas Fed: US approaching insolvency

    the president's response: p-u-n-t

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    Your fine to do that, within your state. The federal government does not have the constitutional authority to implement any healthcare reform without a major amendment to the constitution. You believe that gov't control is the best way to achieve these things I believe that a free market will provide a far fairer and more efficient systems. Differences in opinion of how to achieve the same goal. I don't want to have to pay for an obese individuals cardiac health care. Why should I have to pay for someone else's choices, make your own decisions and live with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kulterkampf View Post
    Your fine to do that, within your state. The federal government does not have the constitutional authority to implement any healthcare reform without a major amendment to the constitution. You believe that gov't control is the best way to achieve these things I believe that a free market will provide a far fairer and more efficient systems. Differences in opinion of how to achieve the same goal. I don't want to have to pay for an obese individuals cardiac health care. Why should I have to pay for someone else's choices, make your own decisions and live with them.
    Why hasn't the free market fix things already?

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Why hasn't the free market fix things already?
    The health care industry is an oligopoly (in some places a monopoly), which means, if they choose to do so, they don't have to set the rate at the market rate.

    Oligopolies aren't necessarily bad or good. They're everywhere, in the power industry, oil, movie production, etc.
    Give a man a fish, or he will destroy the only existing vial of antidote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamitter View Post
    The health care industry is an oligopoly (in some places a monopoly), which means, if they choose to do so, they don't have to set the rate at the market rate.

    Oligopolies aren't necessarily bad or good. They're everywhere, in the power industry, oil, movie production, etc.
    And they happen in a free market. There are seldom absolutes and easy fixes to most problems.

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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