It was the viruses that destroy bacteria.
This misstatement of the information is why I called it questionable, not a disbelief that the FDA would refuse to approve something useful. They ban things regularly for no apparent reason, sodium cyclamate would be a prime example.
Well kinda strange that you totally mistrust the government with healthcare but absolutely trust that they wouldn't do this. Sounds like your not against the thought of conspiracy; You just prefer yours over mine. The article I read was in Scientific American by the way. Don't remember which months issue, but it was in the spring. In the article it was stated many times how the FDA would not approve of bacteriophage testing in America. Of course I don't see how this is a conspiracy anyway since it is in published documents.
Conspiracy is a big word. I'm just assuming that all the upper middle class lawyers that go into politics and retire a few years later as multi-millionaires with consulting jobs they collect paychecks from while not actually working aren't getting that way in an honest fashion. The highway bill is their own personal piggy bank. It's simple, you buy land in the middle of nowhere, put in an ear mark for a highway next to it, then sell it at a massive profit. That piece of shit Hastert got rich off that particular activity and everyone knows it. Naturally, the scandal he's known for in D.C. is a completely unrelated triviality. All the people that would hang him for it are up to the same thing themselves.
I thought this discussion was about which system is better. Not whether our government is corrupt... So I will put it more plainly. In a non-corrupt government a healthcare system run by the government would be cheaper.
If I sprinkle glitter on my ass I can fly, it works in Peter Pan! Does the real world not apply to health care, or do you honestly believe we'll end up with a non-corrupt government if we just keep adding more and more power to it?
you need to explain why the the private sector has been largely incapable of producing affordable healthcare in the US thus far. I'm sure you've seen many of such graphs before, but anyway...
We don't have private sector health care. We have a hybrid, two tier system that is regulated in it's entirety. The only thing worse than socialism is going halfway. You lose the benefits of a flexible free market industry, while keeping what would be considered a drawback, profit margins. To claim the private sector maintains control over the industry requires that you ignore multiple tier federal, state and local regulations on what policies must cover, what kinds of policies must be offered, what kind of services must be provided, what kind of payment methods must be used, etcetera etcetera. You don't even need to get into the cost increases that come with insurance mandates on employers separating the end user from the cost of their care, or Medicare being half the bill itself with the people it covers accounting for 60% of the spending.
Private sector health care is what we had before insurance boards, employer mandates and Medicare came into the picture and screwed everything into the ground. Health care was an insignificant cost that far back and not comparable to the technological level we have today.
Do you at least accept there's a problem with healthcare affordability, and if so, what do you propose as solutions?
Two words, catastrophic coverage. It's as simple as that. High deductible, no limit insurance for covering catastrophies, the shit people go bankrupt over. Drop the prepaid shit, strip all the nonsense we've built up back out of the system, and put just a few regulations into place.
You can't alter a policy without permission once it's in effect. You can't cancel a policy without permission and compensation once it's in effect. Standardize an annuity based payment method where the lump sum buy in cost increases with age based on the current value of the policy being purchased, and refund that on cancellation of said policy. You start paying in fresh out of highschool, your buy in is zero. You try to get insurance when you're fifty, you pay for all those years you didn't bother with it. Your insurance agency starts jacking up costs unreasonably, you get to stiff them for the lump sum based on that price they're charging you and switch policies to another company at a profit. When you get sick and hit that magic number, boom, locked in for the life of your illness, no payments, no nothing. When you trigger the coverage it's over until you kick the bucket or you're cured.
Problem solved. When you're a dumb shit and you buy a 60/40 health "insurance" policy with a 500 dollar deductible, you deserve to go bankrupt when something you'd actually need insurance for happens. You don't have insurance, you have prepaid medical. It's like having an extended warranty on your car where you're a dumb shit paying someone else to pay for your oil changes and tune ups. It's not insurance.
I can't work up pity for the people crying over having to declare bankruptcy and walk away from their debt either. Personal debt levels in this country are insane, anyone that can't get access to it is probably better off that way.