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by Warren
15 Jan 2019, 16:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Libertarian Diskanen
Replies: 116
Views: 1905

Re: Libertarian Diskanen

I expect health care costs for many if not most diseases and disorders will plummet as genetic medicine overtakes the current state of the art. For that matter, it's only a matter of time before later generation 3D printers will be able to home manufacture pharmaceuticals. Our great-grandchildren w...
by Warren
15 Jan 2019, 13:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come
Replies: 339
Views: 17599

Re: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come

Pham Nuwen wrote:
15 Jan 2019, 11:46
I like you, Tuco. That's why I'm going to kill you last.
You said you were going to kill me last because you didn't like me.
by Warren
15 Jan 2019, 11:18
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: I wanna see that!!!!
Replies: 1709
Views: 94440

Re: I wanna see that!!!!

So they Ted Turnered a war.
I'll pass
by Warren
14 Jan 2019, 19:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Rand Paul.....sigh.
Replies: 1204
Views: 55907

Re: Rand Paul.....sigh.

A presumably private, cash-only Canadian hospital operating outside the system is hardly a violation of his principles. It's private, but neither cash-only nor outside the system. They're grandfathered in, so they take private and public insurance both. “This is more fake news on a story that has b...
by Warren
14 Jan 2019, 10:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Libertarian Diskanen
Replies: 116
Views: 1905

Re: Libertarian Diskanen

The first step has to be that they don't get to veto all competition in local markets. Yes, good, fine. The second step is probably something that allows national insurer pools. Okay. I'm increasingly convinced you might need a system that uses a large national entity to backstop catastrophic expen...
by Warren
13 Jan 2019, 19:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Libertarian Diskanen
Replies: 116
Views: 1905

Re: Libertarian Diskanen

JasonL wrote:
13 Jan 2019, 18:59
If the third party has a) the market power and b) the incentives, you can triangulate provider costs.
If that were true HMOs wouln'd be so fucking horrible.
by Warren
13 Jan 2019, 18:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Libertarian Diskanen
Replies: 116
Views: 1905

Re: Libertarian Diskanen

So what then? I don't see any possible way to manage health care costs with third party payer.
by Warren
13 Jan 2019, 15:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Libertarian Diskanen
Replies: 116
Views: 1905

Re: Libertarian Diskanen

Mo wrote:
13 Jan 2019, 15:15
Between the emergency C and the hospitalization due to a fever under 3 months old, I was an M4 convertible in the hole 6 weeks in. While my situation was not typical, it’s not uncommon.
And you should be able to pay that over time. There's no need for third party payer.
by Warren
13 Jan 2019, 14:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Libertarian Diskanen
Replies: 116
Views: 1905

Re: Libertarian Diskanen

I think eliminating employer-provided coverage would go a long way toward doing that. People will be much more aware of the cost/service curve when they have to shop for themselves. And I suspect that doctors would offer cash discounts for routine procedures, up to the point where the only time you...
by Warren
13 Jan 2019, 14:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Libertarian Diskanen
Replies: 116
Views: 1905

Re: Libertarian Diskanen

I'm not sure you can call "any cancer that requires more treatment than cutting it out" an exceptional case. Even the cheap chemo treatments will get you into midsized sedan territory within a few months. Which is considerably less than multiple houses. It's not like you have to pay up front. The d...
by Warren
13 Jan 2019, 11:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Libertarian Diskanen
Replies: 116
Views: 1905

Re: Libertarian Diskanen

But what is really needed put market forces to work in health care is to eliminate 3rd party payer. Even if you could stick it into some omnibus bill, I'm not sure how to craft it. I'm absolutely sure nobody wants to hear that. Any attempt to so much as mumble it out loud would be political suicide...
by Warren
13 Jan 2019, 10:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Pick Your Poisson
Replies: 1416
Views: 70628

Re: Pick Your Poisson

We've been talking about Kondo on and off here since early 2016. There's even a Kondo thread. I know. That's why I assumed that when all my real-life friends started talking about this new thing last week, it wasn't Kondo. Because she's not new. Sorry, I was on the tablet or I would have directed t...
by Warren
13 Jan 2019, 09:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?
Replies: 175
Views: 3142

Re: How do you solve a problem like a MAGA?

Aresen wrote:
12 Jan 2019, 22:31
Some tin foil hats peak on the right. Some peak on the left.

Libertarian tin foil hats are trilateral.
The tinfoil tricorn comes with a decoder ring.
by Warren
12 Jan 2019, 19:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Have you accepted Nothing as your lord and savior?
Replies: 1539
Views: 50187

Re: Have you accepted Nothing as your lord and savior?

The Catholic Church has historically believed that the Bible was difficult enough that asking/allowing lay people to read it directly was a recipe for them getting confused and lead astray. [Julia Sweeney -- Letting Go of God] The first time I heard Julia Sweeney's story about becoming an atheist w...
by Warren
12 Jan 2019, 16:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Libertarian Diskanen
Replies: 116
Views: 1905

Re: Libertarian Diskanen

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
12 Jan 2019, 16:05
Warren wrote:
12 Jan 2019, 15:14

I really don't think it would even be possible for a doctor to offer "cash discounts" without scrapping medical regulations entire.
My physician's medical practice does offer a discount for cash but only for non-insured patients.
No shit? That actually gives me a seed of hope.
by Warren
12 Jan 2019, 15:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 368
Views: 15426

Re: Putin on the Writs

The FBI is a known hotbed of Democratic Socialists. You can't believe anything they say. Also, they are a bunch of red-baiters who think everyone is working for Moscow. You can't believe anything they say. I thought they were Klansmen trying to bring back Jim Crow and Segregation. That's the NSA
by Warren
12 Jan 2019, 15:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Have you accepted Nothing as your lord and savior?
Replies: 1539
Views: 50187

Re: Have you accepted Nothing as your lord and savior?

Regarding the lady at the end of the Vice video, is the United Church of Canada a Unitarian thing, or is it a Canadian brand of Anglicanism with its own canon of saints like Wayne Gretzky and Tim Horton? It's a bunch of Protestant denominations that got together in the 1920s or 1930s - Methodists, ...
by Warren
12 Jan 2019, 15:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Libertarian Diskanen
Replies: 116
Views: 1905

Re: Libertarian Diskanen

I think eliminating employer-provided coverage would go a long way toward doing that. People will be much more aware of the cost/service curve when they have to shop for themselves. And I suspect that doctors would offer cash discounts for routine procedures, up to the point where the only time you...
by Warren
12 Jan 2019, 14:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Libertarian Diskanen
Replies: 116
Views: 1905

Re: Libertarian Diskanen

But what is really needed put market forces to work in health care is to eliminate 3rd party payer. Even if you could stick it into some omnibus bill, I'm not sure how to craft it. I'm absolutely sure nobody wants to hear that. Any attempt to so much as mumble it out loud would be political suicide.
by Warren
11 Jan 2019, 20:49
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2230
Views: 96248

Re: Twitter!

Eric the .5b wrote:
11 Jan 2019, 20:17
Warren wrote:
11 Jan 2019, 20:06
First you must learn to hate yourself.
The people who already hate me don't need my help.
Oh but I do.
by Warren
11 Jan 2019, 20:06
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 2230
Views: 96248

Re: Twitter!

First you must learn to hate yourself. Only then can you truly hate the left... and the right... pretty much everyone not you.
by Warren
11 Jan 2019, 19:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Trump-like is the new Congresswoman
Replies: 60
Views: 1130

Re: Trump-like is the new Congresswoman

Hugh Akston wrote:
11 Jan 2019, 18:14
It raises the intriguing question of how far she would have to take the Rorschach cosplay before I considered liking her.
Refusing to show her face in public would go a long way.
by Warren
11 Jan 2019, 17:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Trump-like is the new Congresswoman
Replies: 60
Views: 1130

Re: Trump-like is the new Congresswoman

What makes me sad is I don't understand why people talk about AOC because I find her so easy to not think about, and then I realize that this is what passes for colorful in today's congress.