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“Oh yeah you’d better bet there are payments! Maybe not directly from your friends, but it gets paid for.”
Absolutely. It gets paid for by taxes, just like schools, police, fire departments, and various other public services.
Imagine what it would be like if you were presented with a bill every time someone was caught speeding on your street, or even just a co-pay any time you called the police. How about a personal bill for all the man-hours and other resources used to track down a stolen car? Or to (try to) recover an abducted child? (That would bankrupt almost anyone.)
What if fire departments were separately owned and operated by the individual insurance companies, each only served its own insurer’s customers, and you could only get home insurance through a plan chosen by your employer?
Yeah, the health care in Denmark is paid for, but not on a per-individual, per-incident basis. No one is denied service due to a personal inability to pay for a given incident. The question is not even asked.
And for what it’s worth, the actual cost of Danish healthcare — whether computed per-person or per-incident of care — is far less than in the US.
And the House was painted White.
Seems to have skipped a long way ahead.
Or the (very) old one about the airline stewardess who backed into a spinning propeller…
" ‘Reincarnation’? Condensed milk from deceased cows?"
It’s a contentious concept.
“An optimist may have more fun, but a pessimist has fewer unpleasent surprises.”
Not so, since a pessimist is more likely to consider a surprise “unpleasant”.
“There’s less paperwork getting a mortgage.”
Well, yeah, but didn’t the mortgage cost less?
My friends in Denmark just swipe their ID card (with a magnetic stripe like a credit card), and that’s it! Even for a referral to a specialist, ascanning service, or a hospital.
The one exception is if they’re actually entering surgery, when they are required to sign their name to a simple up-to-date REstatement of what they are and aren’t allergic to.
Oh, yeah. No payments, either, not even a co-pay.
“Ban plastic bottles and go back to GLASS!”
To be effective, we need to ban much more than just plastic bottles… or even plastic bags and straws.
Much of meat, fruit, and vegetables comes packaged in plastic. What about cheese with each slice individually wrapped — or at least “separated” — with plastic? And inside the “paper” box, isn’t your breakfast cereal enclosed in a plastic “bag”? Then there are the plastics enclosing everything from toys to power tools at point of purchase.
Tokenism is not a solution.