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Discussion in 'Politics & World News' started by stevew, Feb 1, 2008.
tis just a wart
It was on cbs news, chances are only 20 people have seen it.
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not to capitalize on this horror, but i think it does show what people against socialized medicine (i.e., gov't sponsored coverage for all) fear most.
having his familiy pay for his own funeral was a nice touch too.
You're not trying to compare military doctors to "real" doctors, are you?
while in the military, i had one hernia operation & had a knee scoped, and i have no complaints. the fact that there appears to be more (i.e., publicly disclosed) civilian malpractice is a function of hmo's & hospital policy, however, so this leaves me at the threshold of blowing smoke out of my cookie jar.
if nothing else, let's be reminded the president's personal doctor has qualifications beyond being active duty w/ a security clearance. if there's an appreciable difference, i'll have to admit profound ignorance.
Side note: What is it with 'minorities' and getting t-shirts made of their dead relatives and or family reunions?
It's a package deal when you book the band, food, and invitations to the funeral. 12 XL Haynes Beefy-T's for the grieving family.
Some of us actually beat the odds. Thrive in fact, although to be fair my mums artificial hip was made from old Coke cans.
we call it "The Medical Hobby Shop"
..but that being said, most medical care for our folks is taken care of by off base Dr's who have contracts thru Tri-Care (aka Tri-to-get-Care).
Sad to say that Tri-Care is a step above.
This misdiagnosis could happen in any medical practice and I'm quite sure it does, it's just not quiver fodder for Katie as much as a decorated Marine dying while the reporter is there and the reporter immediately herding the family to give him an exclusive interview.
That being ranted...
The point, I think is the fact that military members can't sue the government like a civilian could sue a private doctor..
Sad story regardless...only can hope my picture never gets photoscreenprinted on a t-shirt!
I would argue this is why you will see it 100x more often in the military than the private sector. Doctors in the private sector have to care in order to get paid.
I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but I think it is FAR less likely.
I assume you're making the case that we should strip health care coverage from soldiers and let them pay for their own health insurance in the private sector then?
I think you are assuming soldiers make real money at that point, though.
Hey, the market will set their pay rates. They aren't conscripted. And it' s not my problem if they can't afford to pay for their own care.
Oh, I'm not denying that. I've had many medical visits, every year for flight physicals etc. I've had good docs and bad, but at least with having to have a flight surgeon look at me vice most enlisted getting the independent duty corpman to diagnose them, I knew I had an almost "real" doctor. I guess my issue is how the media exploits the military sometimes to make a more dramatic story...
After having a talk about pay last weekend, statements like that make me laugh.
Friend 1: Company paying him to oversee security operations in Iraq for large oil. Salary = $175k base, 1.5x overtime, 1.8x danger pay when in "war zone", $150 daily food allowance.
Friend 2: Army 2LT overseeing security operations in Iraq for large oil. Salary = $55k, $350 a month for danger, all the MRE's you can carry.
Job description is nearly identical, working/living conditions are vastly different. If only the market set the pay rates for the military the way it does for private sector, friend 2 would be looking forward to his second deployment the way friend 1 is.
making him pay for his funeral...classy.
talk about wiping their dicks on his curtains.
Back in the US workplace risk does not dictate pay. Police or fire fighters do not make the top ten of most dangerous occupations yet they make more than construction workers and people admire them more even though the risks are lower.
Edit: 2006 Rankings and 2005 Rankings
But what about equal risk for equal pay? I'm talking apples=apples.
Also, even though as a police officer you aren't likely to get shot in the face, my guess is there have been a lot more cops shot in the face than construction workers.
I don't have any stats to paste, sorry.
I agree there is clearly problem with government contractors - corruption and huge waste of tax payer dollars have been going on for years - that is the problem. They overpay for equipment along the same lines.
If you are killed or maimed by equipment or gun fire the result is the same. The guy that caught your seafood is almost ten times more likely to die in the line of duty.
Those are the numbers from US Bureau of Labor and Statistics - that is the reality of the US workplace.
And people wonder why I don't work construction like my in-laws. I make twice as much and I don't know of the last time someone died in the line of duty as a software engineer.
Your right about the equipment costs as well. You would think companies and the DOD could work some level of sponsorship. A "bro-deal" arrangement for field equipment rather than 2x the retail price.
Umm, I don't think he was dead at the time the shirts were made.
What? It is foreign to an american so it immediately becomes weird or not correct? Buddy, "Americans" are a minority on this earth.
But you were just trying to make a funny right?
While I do find it a little funny, it's an honest observation that I've wondered about. The reason I used 'minorities' instead of saying mexicans or something is because I've noticed the same thing with black families as well. Not saying it isnt correct or that there's some superior form of grieving, but it is different than what I'm used to.
Did you find that offensive?
to a degree, this already happens. it's just a matter of it being super-subsidized. did you know the military pays for their own life insurance, too? it's like they're in the real world or something.
police & ff are more admired due to the moral element of their job. and construction workers aren't exactly known to have a high draw to the altruistic. case in point: a buddy of mine heads up a local body shop, and nearly all the felons go to construction. he showed me results of this guy's bg investigation & was actually 42 charges (w/ a free tat every 5, too). if you're a felon, it's damn hard to get a cdl, so that rules out things like busdriver or garbage collector.
SteveW, you have truly outdone yourself with the latest sig. Doubleplusrep.
Felon's and even worse - N8 but then again Skookum was a roofer I think?
Construction is the most dangerous by industry (but 10th by occupation) but there are still plenty of honest occupations in the top ten and police corruption isn't rare either.
Top 5 most dangerous occupations are fishing, logging, airplane pilots, metal workers, and garbage workers.
Farmers and linemen are still in the top ten...
I just spent the last 5 minutes watching it.
Nah, I'm not offended man. I get a mean tan in the summer so trust me, the kinds of comments I have heard thought my life would surprise you (or maybe not). And from both sides of the color/culture spectrum, it generates a pretty interesting perspective let me tell ya'. It gets confusing at times, kinda like religion.
I just don't get why if something is different/foreign it is automatically funny, silly, weird or not correct? Maybe it is just the way I was brought up? *shrug*
Whoa, this thread was hijacked huh? edit: not really.
you're either getting old, or you like to tease yourself, or didn't use a mirror
I have it running as a pop-up I never want to close.
Well there are plenty of domestic cultural oddities that I find amusing as well. Ever seen a group of NASCAR fans? WTF is wrong with those people?
SteveW best sig. ever! Thats one way to get around the filters here at work.
I don't limit my level of wonder to race/gender/religion either.
I golf, it's a lot of fun. But watching golf on TV? Don't even get me started on poker.
back to the story: it seems this level of malevolence for the corps can only be appreciated in berzerkeley