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Considering Medicare and any other insurance schemes, about 8 years ago I went to a lung M.D. (Pulmonologist ?). When it came time to pay the bill, I advised that I did not have insurance, so they gave me a 40% discount. High health care costs are a problem endemic and originating from third party payer systems.

1 year, 11 months ago on Free Speech: Corporate and Anonymous

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So far, I see no posted answer to the problem of corporate control over elections. My offering is to dispense with this fiction that a corporation is a PERSON. A corporation is just  a grouping and aggregation of financial interests. Limit political contributions to only REGISTERED VOTERS. This would also eliminate offshore financing. Whether or not they should be made public is a different question. I lean toward disclosure at a certain limit - say all contributions higher than the median contribution.

 

The argument about corporate "free speech" is problematical when one considers which individual with a corporate share(s) is speaking, and if even one individual with a single share of stock in a corporation with millions of shareholders does not wish his or anyone else to politically speak, what gives the corporate board the right to do so in someone else's name? A financial interest share is not the same as an authority to "speak politically" for others. Corporations are not political bodies;  but allowing them to finance candidates brings them into a condition of a facsimile which should not exist if we value free and democratic polities.

1 year, 11 months ago on Free Speech: Corporate and Anonymous

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