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August 21, 2009 – Comments (10)

What happened?  Was it that spammer again? Or did MF pull it. It couldn't be a copyright problem, the Mises Institute gives away its articles for free, nor is this the first time I've posted something from there.

It's too bad. It was sparking a good discussion.  Yuri Maltsev knows USSR medicine first hand.  Here is a link to the original article.

Between this, and the spammer ruining my last post on the Afghan War, I'm starting to get a little ticked.  18 recs despite being unreadable for 12 hours.

You could stop that spammer by placing a word box in the comment section, but I know everyone hates that.

David in Qatar

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#1) On August 21, 2009 at 6:32 PM, starbucks4ever (92.57) wrote:

What spammer are you referring to? I also had the impression that Caps was being hacked because in the last 2 days when I open some post my page every now and then gets redirected to that stupid "" blog. 

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#2) On August 21, 2009 at 6:34 PM, TMFLomax (89.31) wrote:

It was a good post with good discussion. What's this nefarious spammer... I think I am behind the times. Freaky.

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#3) On August 21, 2009 at 6:58 PM, devoish (75.49) wrote:

Too bad it got lost. I am not surprised you found Communist Russia not to your liking, or that its healthcare compares unfavorably to Democratic countries with  healthcare you call socialist.

Did you find the small gov't country you would like us to model after yet?

I can find small gov't countries, but not any that deliver quality healthcare to all their citizens.

In the meantime I am going to support the models that can save me $3500 or more annually, deliver healthcare when I need it to everyone I know and not rescind my policy when I get sick.

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#4) On August 21, 2009 at 7:31 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:


I guess there was a hacker redirecting posts to his website.  Earlier, if you clicked my most excellent talking vegetables post, it redirceted you his site.  Bummer.  

Don't know what happened to Maltsev's ramblings.

Ah well, I'm sure MF will get it all cleared up.

David in Qatar

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#5) On August 21, 2009 at 7:33 PM, chlyd (< 20) wrote:

 Out of all of this debate about healthcare, I still have not heard any real answers to how much this new health care is going to cost me. I have friends that live in europe, and visited many countries over the years, and the socialized nations have huge taxes on their people for the privilage of " free " healthcare. So does anyone know how much the new taxes will be? any guesses?

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#6) On August 21, 2009 at 7:41 PM, starbucks4ever (92.57) wrote:


Percentage of GDP spent on healthcare is the figure to look at. Of course, it can also happen that GDP figures are exaggerated. When that happens you remove the fictitious part of GDP and then run your comparison. 

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#7) On August 21, 2009 at 8:08 PM, devoish (75.49) wrote:


Less than what coverage for any "medical necessary procedure" will cost you from a Private Insurer, with medically necessary decide by your Doctor. With no rescissions.

If anybody really wants a reality check on healthcare in the USA take a look at these letters to Senator Bernie Sanders.

They are not the undeserving deadbeats some Conservatives claim Americans without health insurance are. These people worked hard, had business's, jobs etc.


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#8) On August 21, 2009 at 8:58 PM, gldnlvr64 (< 20) wrote:

There are many democrats who are against Lord Obama's plan.

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#9) On August 21, 2009 at 10:45 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

You can discuss the article with Yuri here.

Yuri Maltsev

Dear Bloggers!

thank you for your comments - really appreciated!
I am also blessed with over a hundred e-mails. I wish I could answer everyone /and I'll try to/, but I would like to address the most general comments and observations.

I agree that there are serious cultural differences between countries: it took Russia almost 80 years to destroy the work ethics, trust and responsibility and almost everything else was destroyed afterwards. Even many things which supposedly could not be destroyed were destroyed as well. Good example - the Aral Sea /please Google it - you would be amazed!/.

With us here - it depends on the willingness of many to sell our freedoms for various handouts and bailouts. With this willingness growing so fast there would be not much left to sell very soon.

I agree that in many European countries as well as in Canada there are no dirty needles, odors, cats, and drunken doctors. Their socialized system did not deteriorate so much as there are private property rights in other sectors and there is some competition even in health care itself. Our and their future depends, however, on our ability to preserve market economy, private property and whatever freedoms we have left with.

One of my favorite writers, William Somerset Maugham, wrote in 1941 that " If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that, if it is comfort or money it values more, it will lose that too".

In Liberty,

Yuri Maltsev



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#10) On August 24, 2009 at 1:48 PM, ReadEmAnWeep (86.43) wrote:

Lmao @ #8. Do you pray to Obama too?


I think it is funny how people think that Obama is the genius behind some conspiracy to turn the US into a dictatorship.

FYI, I heard they sell real good aluminum foil at dollar stores now. That will save you money doubling up your hat in preparation for the new dictatorship...

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