Thursday, May 06, 2004

Out of the blue

Well, it seems my old friend has come back for a visit. It seems he's trying to be fashionably late, because out of the blue he comes and posts comments that have absolutely nothing to do with anything about what's been posted by yours truly.

First we have:

"We like our soviernty". live in Ireland, a member of the EU. But yet I do not feel any less irish even though I am in the EU.

One of america's biggest problems, is that it has no way to portray its love of its country.

We have no way to portray our love of our country? He's obviously never been to America.

In Ireland, we have soccer and rugby, in which we play against countries from all over the world. The whole nation would stop, for the match. We sing songs, we tell stories.

Have you never heard of football? Or hockey? Basketball?

But in America the only sport you play against other nations is the ryder cup. You do not have any way to show how proud of you are of your country, without a gun or a bomb.

Ok, I'm gonna be honest, I don't even know what the Ryder cup is ok.. I do however know what the Stanley Cup is, and the Vince Lombardi Trophy. In fact, my home team in Tampa, the Buccaneers, has won the Lombardi Trophy; and another of our teams is just a dozen or so games from the Stanley Cup (sorry .Kevin). And yes, we have other ways besides guns and bombs, they're just not as much fun.

Also, it allows you connect with other countries, throughout the world. In Ireland, soccer and rugby, has allowed us to see the english in a positive light. Sports creates links and connections

Hey we connect with other countries; look, we're connecting right now;-).

And then this, which totally came out of nowhere cuz I haven't posted anything about socialized healthcare in a longtime. Did it take him this long to find something to rebuke me with?

You people on the right, constantly state that health care in america is much better than the government health care system, which exists in europe.

It is, but I digress.

However, There's an article that has been published this month in the journal Health Affairs which has raised quite a stir in news circles because it compares the health care system of five big English speaking countries - Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada and the US.

I guess it's too much trouble to ask you to put up the link, huh? But if anyones' interested, here it is. I got bored (and a headache) about two paragraphs into it.

The article has raised eyebrows not only because it shows that in the US health care is not "the best in the world" but because it points out that in achieving our mediocre results, the US spent quite nearly twice as much as everyone else. "[S]urveys have shown that the extra spending is probably not buying better experiences with the health care system, with the exception of shorter waits for nonurgent surgery." Also very interesting were some of the individual results that the US scored poorly in, such as transplant survival rates. I think,

Mmmm, yes; the article has some nice little graphs there doesn't it? Shame they don't really show anything, especially since the first graph says "Hypothetical" in front of it. Of course it's a great one sided argument, but it doesn't give you the other side. So I'll do it with this, and this, and this. And I still fail to see how you can say healthcare in the U.S. is no better. Have we forgotten about the six month waits for MRI's in some countries, or other hospitals running out of little things like surgical gloves, hypodermic needls....but hey, who needs that kind of stuff in a hospital right?