Careful What You Wish

Read another real story about the amazing Scandinavian healthcare. If you are at death’s door, you get great free healthcare. But if you are a cancer survivor who needs to get tested regularly to make sure the cancer hasn’t come back, fuck off to an insanely expensive private provider or travel to Eastern Europe.

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19 thoughts on “Careful What You Wish”

    1. God, I hate Beto.

      Bernie’s answer was brilliant, on the other hand. We need more of this kind of thing from him. I firmly believe that this is the approach that will win the general.

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      1. Idiots are blasting Bernie’s response, reminiscent of the ideals in MLK’s “I have a dream” speech, as being a bad response from an old white man. But young people who aren’t on twitter are going to find Bernie’s answer much more relatable.

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        1. I find it relatable, too. I’m so tired of the utterly inane identity talk. And I think most Americans hate it, too. It’s divisive and completely unproductive.

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  1. Beto, whatever you think of his outdated proto-hippie “On the Road” attitude, has a mostly conservative voting record. When Biden declares in the near future, you’ll have the two most popular Democratic candidates pulling their insane party back toward an electable center.

    Biden’s team has mentioned Beto as a possible V.P., two hetero white men on the ticket — crazy feminists like Melissa McEwan will explode — but Trump will have real reason to worry about 2020.

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    1. “apparently the main favourite is an actor?”

      Does Romania have a history of vague ‘anti-system’ candidates? They have a history in Poland (not at the presidential level) and when they make it into parliament (like a former rock singer a couple of years ago) they usually turn into weak sponges who can’t get anything done (though a former rapper colleague of said singer actually learned the system quickly and became a real and reasonably competent MP)

      This Zelensky seems like a classic protest candidate doomed to failure if he actually makes it into office…

      My question for Clarissa: How easy is it for the diaspora to vote? And if so how important are they? In Poland they’re a constituency that sometimes has too much influence – in Hungary it’s possible, but not easy, for them to vote and Greece doesn’t let them vote at all despite it being mandated in the constitution…

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      1. We did have the occasional long-haired hippie or football club owner, but all this doesn’t exactly add up to a tradition, and I can’t imagine people such as them being the favoured candidate.

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      2. My parents got their Ukrainian passports back after 2014. It was very easy, and they now vote. But it’s a bit of a special case since my father is at the embassy getting awards for his contribution to Ukrainian culture constantly. My mom is going to vote for Zelensky, by the way. And I agree with your analysis of him completely.

        Plus, he’s financed by the oligarchs who are trying to sabotage Poroshenko. They own the TV networks, and managed to sabotage the most important event of the year, the president’s New Year’s address. It’s impossible to explain to non-soviet people how horrible of a thing it is to have the New Year’s address sabotaged.

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    2. A comedian. Just like in the US. 🙂 But he only has 16% support, so it’s not serious. I’m for Poroshenko, of course. But my father is so against, he’s unfriending everybody on FB who supports Poroshenko.

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  2. What you say of the Swedish health care is more or less how my plan works. And I have discovered to my horror that there are plans where the premium goes up if you actually use them. Then there’s my neighbor whose plan is super expensive but covers very little compared to what mine, a state group, will at a reasonable price (it’s his job’s plan).
    People want access; my plan gives me reasonable, not great but reasonable access and I chose it carefully for that. Many people don’t have such a plan available and/or aren’t as active or informed choosers as I am. “Give me a decent plan that doesn’t depend on vicissitudes of my job or change all the time,” they say. Part of that is the passivity of the typical person but much of it is that most seem to only have bad plans available, and to have to keep changing them to boot.

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    1. And many people have plans that let them see the doctor the same day they need and get all the care they need. Is the goal to destroy the good plans and collectively adopt shitty ones for fairness’ sake?

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