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Canadian Politics

Obsolete Electoral College

The electoral college made sense in the 1700s when you had to collect election results by horseback. Today, if you live in a battleground state, your vote matters. If you live in a red or blue state, your vote gets lost. Further, the electoral college only roughly matches the population of the state. Sometimes your vote counts more than others sometimes less. Politicians unfairly, politically, favour battleground states. If instead, you decided the president by popular vote, everyone’s vote would count, and would count equally, no matter where you lived.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)

What Ills US Health Care

Health care costs in the USA are going through the roof. The Ryan plan that just changes the scheme by which the bills are paid merely rearranges the deck chairs. It does not do anything to bring the total expenditures under control. It actually makes them worse by making the entire population a captive customer for the insurance industry to easily exploit. The problem is:

Every developed country has for all practical purposes solved the health care problem. They spend half or less of what the US does. They get much better outcomes. They have their problems, e.g. long waiting lists for hip surgery in Canada, but they are popcorn to what Americans face. All the US need do is copy any of the other developed countries (even Cuba does better on a minute fraction of the budget.) The main roadblocks are:

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)

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