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News Discussion / Re: Health Care
« on: April 29, 2010, 09:11:37 AM »
The problem isn't health insurance it's health care costs.

You have to be a fool to thing those two aren't causally connected.

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A US doctor earns several 100 grand/yr after going to school for 8 years after highschool plus 4-8 years of residency. Frankly, after that kind of time and money investment, they deserve huge salaries.

I come from a country with universal, government paid healthcare. Our doctors still make from $100-500k a year. I don't see how there's a conflict between paying what people deserve and still offering healthcare for everyone.

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We just have this "right to health care" mentality (meaning the right to see a M.D. whenever we have the flue).

Really? Seems to me Americans are less entitled to health care (and also expect less) than anyone else, in any other industrialized country.

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A two-year degree doesn't deserve more than a $35k/yr salary (in all but large cities) and the cost of health care should reflect that. I suppose other wages could increase to match health care wages, but that's not happening so health care wages and spending should decrease.

If you think it's the salaries of doctors that create ridiculous healthcare costs, you're seriously delusional.

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US' number one problem - the feeling that we have the "right" to evertything we want even if we cannot pay for it.

Really? Expecting society to have the decency to give everyone healthcare is the number one problem in the US? Really?!

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Plus the right to a bailout when life treats us bad. Just look at our credit card debt verses savings and poor families (or single mothers) with 3+ children - not to mention our Fed. and State deficits. In other words, we are selfish.

So whether you live or die is analogous to credit card debt?


1. You made no point.
2. You didn't address my point.
3. Americans have better health care than any other nation. It's just very expensive and not all of us can afford it.
4. You didn't address my point.
5. You didn't get my point - I didn't mention health care here.
6. Yes. In a 3rd world country people who waste their money and resources die. Just because we live in developed countries does not mean we have more inherent rights than those in 3rd world countries. We are just better thieves.

I motioned against an attorney who responded like you did (by ignoring my points) - and I won with a 3 page opinion written by the Judge who agreed with me. My reply to her response was almost as short as this reply to yours.

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News Discussion / Re: Health Care
« on: April 26, 2010, 02:08:48 AM »
Now that I live in SE Asia, I learn that the US pays way too much for health care. An MRI here costs about $200USD instead of the $2000USD+ for one in the US.

The problem isn't health insurance it's health care costs. A US doctor earns several 100 grand/yr after going to school for 8 years after highschool plus 4-8 years of residency. Frankly, after that kind of time and money investment, they deserve huge salaries. Still, they don't need that much education to treat the flu or a broken arm. A two-year degree is all an RN needs and they should treat those types of maladies. We just have this "right to health care" mentality (meaning the right to see a M.D. whenever we have the flue). A two-year degree doesn't deserve more than a $35k/yr salary (in all but large cities) and the cost of health care should reflect that. I suppose other wages could increase to match health care wages, but that's not happening so health care wages and spending should decrease.

I oppose the mentality because it further pepetuates the US' number one problem - the feeling that we have the "right" to evertything we want even if we cannot pay for it. Plus the right to a bailout when life treats us bad. Just look at our credit card debt verses savings and poor families (or single mothers) with 3+ children - not to mention our Fed. and State deficits. In other words, we are selfish.

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1. I live in Malaysia now
   a. great weather
   b. awful traffic
2. I paid off my $100k in school loans and I'm taking a year off
3. I'm getting married!
4. I have to scratch my head when I think it only took 2years ...

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I think this is a very personal choice.  Locks are culturally significant for the representation of black heritage, it shouldn't be the antithesis of "professional."  I see many brothas and sistas with locks wearing business suits; they look professional. Now whether they had their locks at the time they interviewed, or whether they got their foot in the door first and then grew their locks remains unknown to me. The truth is, you want to work at a place that's going to value diversity (all kinds).  Any place that will not hire you because you have locks is probably not a place you want to work (other issues are bound to come up). Discrimination based on personal appearance is also illegal in many jurisdictions; so basing hiring decisions on hair type is a big no no for the sake of employment discrimination litigation.  Still, be true to yourself, but also be realistic at the same time. Choose your battles according to what's ultimately important to you. 

TITCR

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1. Only if you fb me, then you can give LSD a kiss goodbye
2. Anyway at least you're still around,
3. I almost didn't make it there a year ago
4. I can't remember if you became a lawyer yet.

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Yea, but Matthies, that isnt the question.  Its not if the woman can handle it, but how her kid copes with having an absent parent.

And to freak...I actually do know a single parent who went through law school while her son was a toddler... she did very well, bought a house in marin while working in a decent law firm in SF.  Her son was my roommate as an undergrad and dropped out as a sophmore due to having a heroin addiction.  He absolutely hated his mother, and had major problems with self-esteem.

I also have a cousin who passed away from Methadone when he was 23.  Almost the same story... wealthy background but absent parents, no love, no discipline... both got into it around 12-14 cuz no one was around. 

The idea that people can have it all is a complete myth.  Everyone only has 24 hours to a day.  If you decide to have children, that necessitates sacrifices in other areas of life... thats just a fact.

It doesn't happen that way, if the single parent prioritizes time with the child. The mother I know had virtually no social life. In fact, she home schooled her child with autism while in law school.

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Seriously, I have first-hand knowledge of a women who went to law school and provided excellent care of her child with autism. Better than most working people do. That's just it, she didn't work - except very part-time, she just went to school.

Unless you know a single mother who tried and failed - shut-up - you know nothing.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: The Law School Years
« on: August 20, 2009, 12:26:33 PM »
I was at orientation all day. Yay for the start of law school and the end of free time.

Can I hold the bolded quote against you later?


Like when he works 70-80 hours/wk for a corp. firm and yearns for the freedom of law school?

Something like that.  I wasn't thinking that far ahead though, was just having nightmare memories of torts and contracts.
Let's take one year of torture at a time please, it gives me hope that the next year MIGHT be better.

BTW, is that you J?


Nope. Look at my account. I'm the same old freak I've always been.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Off my rocker?
« on: August 19, 2009, 10:48:57 PM »
Forget biglaw....trial law is the way to go. Not that I'm biased or anything... ::)

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: The Law School Years
« on: August 19, 2009, 10:47:33 PM »
I was at orientation all day. Yay for the start of law school and the end of free time.

Can I hold the bolded quote against you later?


Like when he works 70-80 hours/wk for a corp. firm and yearns for the freedom of law school?

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