11 Jul

How to Provide Health Care to ALL Americans

Now normally, I don’t tend to talk a whole lot beyond tech news, however this article in the New York Times caught my eye. So let’s start with the obvious, health care is a big issue now matter which side of the debate. I think everyone can agree that people should have some sort of expected minimum amount of care as opposed to simply throwing people out on the streets. At the same time people don’t and probably in all honesty at least for a while will not wish to have the government pay for everyone’s health care to the max – a single payer system such as in Canada/UK/France or socialized medicine as critics like to call it.

Personally I would like that system, but I know that as far as the immediate term goes it is an unattainable goal, so the immediate plan that I think could reduce health care costs, provide a better overall level of health to all Americans and hopefully cut costs for private insurance as well. The government should provide free annual checkups and physicals and provide tax credits for a “healthy lifestyle”. This provides several things, one people are checked at least once a year for diseases that if caught early could save a lot of money and time in treating. Many studies have shown that preventive care is effective. The other thing is that as people develop a healthy lifestyle – through the incentive of a tax break, overall health of Americans will improve. While the government will have to spend money to fund/pay for annual checkups/cancer screenings, and more, the government will actually save money by not having to spend money later on as people have a healthier lifestyle and suffer from less diseases such as cancer and heart diseases.

Something else, why are insurance companies a for-profit organization, does that make any sense to anybody? We have organizations whose stated goal and are required by law to reduce costs and maximize profits deciding if someone can get an operation or if a drug is medically necessary rather than the person’s doctor. If you can make sense of this, leave a comment, because I sure can’t.

If you want more info on this sort of thing, Sicko is a pretty decent movie to watch although I do have issues with the movie.


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02 Jul

Will I get an iPhone?

Well I suppose I have to eventually post, whether or not I will get an iPhone. Reading all the numerous reviews, the positives and the negatives. I have to say I will get an iPhone though not today, I will wait for one that will work on a 3G network. Let me first off say that I don’t currently have an iPod, I have a Palm Pilot (Tungsten E2) that doubles as my music/video player. I have two SD 1GB cards for it, one for music and videos and one for data and that is enough for several hours worth of entertainment. That is more than I generally need, even when flying all day, I don’t run out of something to listen to. I do have the ability to work on documents and such, however I can’t program and I can’t surf the internet or get my e-mail. This has been a real pain for me, especially since my laptop is dead and even if I got it working, it wouldn’t be useful on the go.

I think at this point, until an iPhone is released that will work with AT&T 3G network, then I’ll look at getting one, until then, no. Buying the iPhone however would be an investment, for the pure and simple reason of getting a full fledged browser on a mobile device. Although it wouldn’t allow me to access my current programing project of the month, I would be able to answer my e-mails and keep up with feeds, that would be a pleasure in and of itself.

For everyone else, it depends on what you need and want. Do you need and want a mobile web device that has a camera (although a bad one), a web browser on the go (Currently only Wifi or AT&T 2.5G network which has an average speed under 100 kbps), and doubles as a video iPod? If so then get one, myself personally I am not that much of an Apple fan, nor do I need a iPod enough to shell over $500 plus the data plan, but I do need a mobile internet device, but one with a faster connection.


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