Yes! I've worked hard to keep my weight down as I know extra weight is just harder on my back. Before my accident I was 6ft tall and over 230lbs. Now I'm almost 5'9" (crushed spine) and struggle to keep my weight between 180 and 190lbs. I've been working hard the last few months and I'm down to 182. Three months ago I was hitting 203lbs! Should my doctor have thrown me out? For some people losing weight is the hardest thing in the world. God made us all different. I hate it when "perfect" people try to make us all fit in their mold!!!
DLKinney, congrats on your success and best luck on your goals.View Thread
"We are at a stage in our history when we urgently need to make fundamental choices about values, but we should trust no institution of government to make such choices. Courts cannot do it, because as a legal culture we don't want courts choosing among contested matters of values. Congress should not do it because, as a political culture, we are deeply skeptical (and rightly so) about the product of this government. There is much to be proud of in our history and traditions. But the government we now have is a failure. Nothing important should be trusted to its control, even though everything important is."- Lawrence Lessig, Code 2.0 Great book and no written statement has been so true since Orwell penned 1984.View Thread
One more thig. I was listening to a conversation about medical insurance etc. and this guy that had lived all around the globe, Europe, Austraila, Canada and now US siad that we still have the best system by far. He added this: "How much would it save if we used one document for every doctor and every hospital etc." He explained that every doctor or insurance company has their own forms. These all get transcribed and housed in our records. If we just simplified something as simple as a form. Using one form universally would save millions and reduce mistakes.
He explained it better, but I thought it to be quite interesting.View Thread
I agree with you in that it's not a simple question of socialism vs capitalism, but if you look back 3-5 decades you'll see the corruption in the insurance companies helped by political regulations that kept competition out of the market allowed insurance companies to get rich, doctors to go broke and all of us to suffer.
I also you know that anything the government runs they screw up! Think of the postal system, the IRS, SS and SSDI. If you want the state to run it then use the DMV for an example.
I don't want the governent involved in my medical care or insurance. Let the insurance companies compete across state lines and instead of capping the doctor's payments, This would in effect limit the insurance company profit, not by regulation, but by competition!!
Unfortunetly, once something is broken it's hard to put it back the way it was.View Thread
Social welfare is a form of socialism no matter how you look at. 30 years ago we had the best medical system the world has known. The best and brightest came from around the world and gained student visas to attend our schools so our own students could not.
As we educated the worlds doctors and scientists we let lobbyests and politicians give more and more power to insurance companies and less and less to our own doctors.
Now we have a medical system that is rife with curruption, a space program that no longer can afford manned flights. The leading scientific programs are now in europe and we have a media that likes to paint our soldiers as murderers every chance they get.
I'm more libetarian than conservative, but I do struggle with why we send billions of dollars abroad, yet we can't take care of our own. I certainly don't beleive the answer lies in socialistic approaches, but a competetive market open to all. A system that pays doctors what they're worth and provides affordable insurance for us all with a reasonable safety net to help those that cannot help themselves.View Thread
"I have an old bill from a hospital that goes back. I had a three day admittance as a kid for tonsils. My three day stay in 1955 was $165. X rays were $11. Surgery was $75. What has happened?"
Healthcare needs to be un-reformed. It's not government's job nor do they have the legal right to mandate such matters. They have, however regulated the insurance companies more and more and as is usually the case with lobbyiest and politicians, such regulation has destroyed the effieincy of the system. Making the insurance companies rich while those that need healthcare face physical and/or financial suffering.
I don't care how much the CEOs make, but they should be earning it by providing a superior product that thrives in a competitive market.
The framers of our country put great pwer in the the people and great restrictions on government. Over 200 years much has changed through perversion of the legal system with the manipulation of stare decisis.
In 1787 the framers spent countless hours creating a document protecting us from their biggest fear, a government backed religion or vica versa. In my opinion, what they didn't conceive as they built "Free America" was "Coporate America" I wish the establishment clause had something to the effect of seperation of corporations and government.View Thread