Date: Dec 8, 2012 2:53 PM
Author: GS Chandy
Subject: Re: WG 13 Announcement: CERME 8 [Turkey]
Robert Hansen posted Dec 8, 2012 10:32 PM (GSC's remarks below):
> On Dec 8, 2012, at 1:21 AM, GS Chandy
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > I write from a country that has very few (if ANY)
> medical benefits at all that are provided to citizens
> at large by society
> I suspect that the reason for this is that India is a
> very poor nation, overall, and can't find a "society"
> to give them the money.
You suspect wrong and betray a supercilious ignorance common to many US citizens. We do have a 'system of free or nearly free medical care'. It's not 'Medicare'; but a system wherein treatment at 'government-run' hospitals is, for nearly all practical purposes, in principle, free. The system does not operate effectively - and THAT is the real problem - and I suspect the real difficulty with 'Medicare' may well be that it is not operated effectively.
> > - and that actually kills/cripples a great many of
> us. It is our responsibility as Indians to bring
> about an effective equivalent of 'Medicare' or
> whatever (as it is the responsibility of US citizens
> to ensure that their Medicare becomes a truly
> effective and equitable system for all US
> Wouldn't "equitable" be equivalent to everyone paying
> their own way? I don't have a problem with Medicare,
> but the last word I would use to describe it is
> "equitable". Call it what it is, socialism.
> Bob Hansen
If you would take the small trouble to look up the word 'socialism' in a dictionary, and also take the small trouble find out what 'Medicare' is, you will no doubt be amazed to discover that:
'Medicare' DOES NOT = 'socialism'!!!
IMHO, it would greatly benefit you to try to learn to use your own language, 'US English', with a minimum degree of precision and care. (While you're about it, you may also like to find out the meaning, in appropriate contexts, of the word "equitable").
As to "everyone paying their own way" - it is for US citizens (and their elected government) to figure out the right and equitable route to provide health care for citizens.
("Still Shoveling Away" - with apologies if due to Barry Garelick for any tedium caused; and with the observation that it would be very EASY to avoid all such tedium by simply refraining from opening messages purported to originate from GSC)