1 - Simply put 1:1 we pay more for everything. Something as simple as a hospital gown or an IV is far more expensive in the US than other countries. We do this because we have a weaker bargaining position.
Which is why I want money out of politics. I want the state to answer to the people, not the powerful.
2 - Legal opioids lead to spikes in heroine use in communities. We didn't have the level of heroine use a decade ago, pretty clear correlation. I stated we focus way too much on illegal cannabis, making it legal would shift focus to cocaine or meth which create real problems. I also stated rehabilitation over punishment because our failure means we should change tactics as continuing to do so and expecting different results is insanity.
1 - I certainly believe that you pay more. It may be from weaker bargain position or from government regulation, taxes, excess of demand, warranted demand, protection for doctors who can request excessive wages, insurance for bad practice due to crazy sues, etc.
But as I said. If one could opt out to not pay taxes that cover the public health if he so decides that would already make me a happy kupo.
2 - You are not picking the point. I'm not talking about the health problems due to drugs. I'm saying that if USA can't prevent cannabis, heroine, cocaine and the other dozen of illegal drugs to enter the country or to be produced locally how do you think it would be able to control guns entering or being sold illegally?
I think we just seem to have a very different level of trust in the institutions that represent us.
My point was, *if* it's working correctly, a single-payer system should most certainly drive down medical prices by a considerable amount. So it would certainly be a valid explanation for the price differential.
No one in a powerful position should be trusted, simple as that. You may accept it, but you also need to keep vigilant and not trust of their motives.
"if working well" a company would be more profitable without supervisors, managers, CEO, etc because it would save on wages, but it don't work like that. Similar to X+Y with two positive numbers won't ever be lower than X.
duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"
Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"
Azzanation: "PS5 wouldn't sold out at launch without scalpers."