In free countries we have a right to strike. Check out French pruductivity rates before you comment.
"C'est le dernier qui a parl้ qui a raison"
No... this is a privilege you have, because the law gives it to you.Well see that is the problem, the law disagrees with you there. The law states that if I am dropped in front of you bleeding to death, I have a right to your assistance if you have the ability to give it, and if you ignore that right, you can and will be prosecuted
Take the law away, and you no longer enjoy that privilege.
Thus, it is a pirvilege, not a right.
Thus, the difference between rights and privileges, and how -your- position doesnt touch upon the reality of the situation.
I was just checking out a report from the Center of Retirement Research at Boston University.
I was specifically checking it to see if America's habbits (especially obesiety) have an effect on the life exspectancy (of the elderly in this report) instead of our healthcare system.
However... when it was comparing many factors to see if they statistically could predict the life exspectancy of the elderly.
Interestingly, it said that obesiety was "not statisticaly significant" in that developed nations with higher obesiety rates didn't really have different life exspectancy for the elderly with everything else kept constant. However, that can be because the current elderly were less likely to be obese when they were younger as people today.
But if anything, the GDP per capita of the lower 40 percentile of income earners seems to a very important statistic. America simply has less wealth for the poorer individuals, so it is harder for them to get a higher standard of living, which reduces life exspectancy.
People should check this out, even if it relates to factors effecting the elderly, instead of everyone.
America's most troubling issue will not be the increased cost burden of the uninsured, but the increased cost of dealing with obesity. People can freak out about insurance, higher taxes, etc..., but unless we have a serious revision in our personal health decisions, no "health system" will be able to afford the costs.
Spillover via preexisting conditions is a problem. Tobacco use is a problem. Wealth gaps that lead to under insured/un insured is a problem. But nothing can trump the singing fat lady. I was just in Paris, and was utterly amazed when i returned to O'Hare airport; there were more obese people in the lines at McDonald's than i had seen in my entire trip (10 days).
It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
"Wealth of Nations," Book V, Chapter II, Part II, Article I, pg.911
I suppose that in the civilized French and British socialized systems there is no accounting done, no financial books kept, no regard for the euro whatsoever.
Before you answer, consider this:
To give a clearer picture of which healthcare firms are earning the most, Newman has compiled some data from Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poors, showing net profit margins over the past 12 months for a number of well-known companies.
The following list includes the three largest firms in each of five different sectors: biotechnology, drug manufacturers, healthcare plans, healthcare services, and medical equipment. Some of these numbers are sure to be off-putting to Americans who are making sacrifices to pay for healthcare or can't afford it at all.
Amgen (biotechnology): Profit margin, 30.6 percent
Gilead Sciences (biotechnology): 37.6 percent
Celgene Corp. (biotechnology): 11.9 percent
Johnson & Johnson (drug manufacturer): 20.8 percent
Pfizer (drug manufacturer): 16.3 percent
GlaxoSmithKline (drug manufacturer): 17.4 percent
Unitedhealth Group (healthcare plans): 4.1 percent
WellPoint (healthcare plans): 4 percent
Aetna (healthcare plans): 3.9 percent
MedcoHealth Solutions (healthcare services): 2.1 percent
Express Scripts (healthcare services): 3.7 percent
Quest Diagnostics (healthcare services): 8.7 percent
Medtronic (medical equipment): 14.9 percent
Baxter International (medical equipment): 17.5 percent
Covidien (medical equipment): 12.3 percent
Sources: Morningstar; Capital IQ . --The Century Foundation