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  1. lonecat commented on Tim Eagan about 19 hours ago

    Drug prices in Canada and the US:

    Epipen: $290 / $620

    Crestor: $160 / $730

    Premarin: $84 / $421

    Abilify: $436 / $2,626

    Zetia: $183 / $840

    Nexium: $214 / $736

    Synthroid: $50 / $101

    Januvia: $255 / $1,064

    Celebrex: $212 / $895

    Advair: $212 / $980

  2. lonecat commented on Tim Eagan about 19 hours ago

    Here are some figures comparing drug prices in Canada and the US; these help to explain why the Canadian system is more economical. I got the list from a friend of mine who is an MD in California.Drug prices in Canada and the US:.Epipen: $290 / $620.Crestor: $160 / $730.Premarin: $84 / $421.Abilify: $436 / $2,626.Zetia: $183 / $840.Nexium: $214 / $736.Synthroid: $50 / $101.Januvia: $255 / $1,064.Celebrex: $212 / $895.Advair: $212 / $980

  3. lonecat commented on Tim Eagan about 23 hours ago

    The Canadian system is not perfect, and right now there’s a battle between the federal government and the provinces about funding. I suspect that both sides are taking extreme positions, and they will meet in the middle. But there is no getting around the fact that modern medical care, especially towards the end of life, can be very expensive. Canada generally manages its system more economically than the US does, though there are other countries which do as well or better. I have never had a serious illness, but I have many friends who have had serious illness in the last few years, and from all accounts their treatment was excellent. My own experience has been good. If I call my doctor in the morning I can see her in the afternoon. She has referred me to specialists a few times, and yes I had to wait, but waiting for a colonoscopy is not a big deal. No one that I know ever had to go to the US to get treatment. Any treatment you can get in the US you can get here. And you never never never have to worry about paying, and you never never never have to wonder if your insurance company will pay for something. I have friends who have had serious medical conditions that would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket, and they never have to think about the money. It’s not perfect, but I have no great complaints.

  4. lonecat commented on Glenn McCoy 1 day ago

    That’s his appeal, at least to some of his supporters. It proves he’s a smart businessman and a real man as well.

  5. lonecat commented on Mike Luckovich 1 day ago

    My experience is that sue never answers. But there’s possibly still a reason not to leave her slanders unchallenged.

  6. lonecat commented on Tim Eagan 1 day ago

    Do you have evidence that Canadians are dying because they don’t get healthcare in a timely manner? As opposed to Americans? It’s true that we have to wait a while for some non-urgent procedures, such as knee and hip replacements, but I don’t hear about people in Canada dying because they don’t get treatment.

  7. lonecat commented on Clay Bennett 1 day ago

    Maybe Trump’s halitosis is so bad it counts as a disability.

  8. lonecat commented on Nick Anderson 1 day ago

    Why is it that the US can’t sit down and work out a reasonable health insurance system that will cover all its citizens? Every other developed country has been able to do this. It doesn’t have to be the Canadian single-payer system, there are other systems out there. Is there something about the US that prevents reasonable solutions to such problems?

  9. lonecat commented on Jim Morin 2 days ago

    I know things look good for Clinton, but maybe I’m just superstitious, so I’m not counting chickens just yet. It will all be over soon enough. Well, maybe not soon enough, but pretty soon. But in any case, if Clinton wins, I will be happy, but I won’t gloat. After all, sometime down the road, the Democrats will lose. We have to have a functioning country even though there are opposing positions, and as much as possible we should not view our political opponents as enemies. And in particularly, the people voting for Trump have some legitimate complaints. The elites have gotten too powerful and too complacent, and that includes some Democrats, too many Democrats. I would argue that Trump and the Republican party are exactly the wrong response, but Democrats have to do better at putting together an inclusive program and then explaining why that program is better for all. On the other hand, there are some issues where I would not advocate compromise. Roe v. Wade is one of them. Programs to deal with climate change are another. A strong system of public education is another. Some kind of truly universal health insurance is another.

  10. lonecat commented on Glenn McCoy 6 days ago

    Speaking from the left, I strongly disagree with McCoy’s position here, for several reasons. First, I believe that everyone should have a right to participate in government, and that means that everyone should have a right to vote. As soon as you start making any restrictions you open the door for all kinds of restrictions. You don’t have to go elsewhere to see this, just check out voting in the US south up until the Voting Rights Act. Second, there isn’t really any single characteristic that counts as intelligence anyway. (Wearing your pants low is not a good index either, or we would have a rule that plumbers can’t vote.) There are lots of highly educated people who are not wise and who should not have the power to control the lives of other people. I don’t believe in philosopher kings, and I don’t believe in a revolutionary vanguard, either. Everybody’s view counts.