Rick Santorum has spoken out against contraception, calling it “a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” What does he have against pleasure? The injunction against contraception is nowhere in the bible; the Catholic church came up with it by inference.
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I see nothing in the current health care proposals that limit the premiums insurance companies can charge. Yes, they may be subject to premium ratios, but their plaint will be that to cover the burden of insuring everyone, all premiums must rise. Remember, too, paying these increased premiums will be mandatory.
Only a public option can save us from this scenario.
Such news must be anathema to free-market ideologues, but the reasons given make sense; for instance, that long-term strategies pay off for the VA but not for private organisations whose patients may switch. There are many other examples where centralised planning delivers benefits: cell-phone usage abroad led that in the USA because single-technology systems were mandated; a single yellow pages would avoid duplication of resources and the need for businesses to advertise in multiple places; fishing stocks have been reduced by 90% or so.
The pharmaceutical industry claims that the high cost of drugs in America is necessary to support the costs of research, but a more likely cause of those costs is in the NYTimes article which says “[t]he drug industry has long spent billions of dollars annually – far more than it spends on research – trying to persuade doctors to prescribe its pills.”
This is a model that is not working. Far better is for medical research to be done by universities and the results to be made available without patent restrictions for manufacturors to compete in the market.