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  • You're comparing apples and oranges, or a pharmaceutical product (which has to incubate) to a service delivery system. Illogical. If you want to know how the government runs a national system, look at Social Security, Medicare, etc.
    • Hardcore Conservative
      If you want to know how the government runs a single-payer healthcare system, take a look at the VA.
  • the proof is in the pudding
  • Believe it or not, I was just thinking the same thing a few minutes ago.
  • We can't!! The government can't even run the postal service, or anything else they put their hands on. They certainly know how to raise taxes, and when this health care passes taxes will increase greatly. I like the health coverage I now have, but they are going to make me take theirs, even if I don't want it. I just cannot believe what is happening to our Great Country. What a mess we are in!
  • I am going to have to agree with Wide Awake Phoenix on this. This isn't a really good example. Given the amount of time they had to develop the vaccine, problems with supply are not surprising. A much better question is with the way the government has run Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid into the ground, how can you trust them with the healthcare for all of us?
  • ONe does not follow the other. Not even remotely. Swine Flu Vaccine is not even a given cure for the flu in the first place. Health Care gives you choices not flu shots.
  • I am very glad that the government failed to deliver the vaccines to our school. I hate it when they vaccinate us. If only the government could cut off supply of drills to our dentist, all for the better. Please, please, pretty please, lets go for ObamaCare.
  • I do not trust "the government" to do anything right for the middle class especially health care. Leave us alone!! Go fix the levees in New Orleans. +4
  • I had no trouble getting my Swine flu shot - and neither did my wife. Good job folks!
  • There is not going to be any Socialized health care in the US for another 20 years at best. If I am wrong DixieRock please show me where in any of the proposed bills it states you will be forced to buy into the public option.
  • it go's back to are legal rights. would you trust me a stranger to watch your child while you take your wife on the town? i would hope no! our government is by far not who we should trust to take care of our health. social security? a joke.. my gf does social security and they pick and choose. screw obama care i say it should be our choice, not the governments.. i work hard for my money and let me phrase that MY MONEY, MY HEALTHCARE!!
  • 6 months to contract to private companies to supply us with a vaccine? they didn't have enough time. of course, if you are complaining about anybody, it ought to be the private contractors. as such, just like with regular health care, the private insurance industry and health care giants fail us time and again! . since the internet, the postal service has branched out and its trying to be competitive. it's still less costly than other nations by about $1.00 for each first class letter! if it increases the price of mail, it still won't come close to the costs in other countries. . medicaid is a state program for which the federal government pays about 1/2 but has no control. some states provide quality care for recipients and some states provide nearly no care. not fair to judge federal government on this. . medicare costs 3% in operating costs, medicaid costs 8%, and private insurance costs 21% and is asking for an increase to 35%!!! satisfaction is high in medicare, by providers and patients, more than medicaid or private insurance. . the vamc and the indian health service still only have operating budgets of about 1/2 of what, statistically, they ought to have!
  • Let's just hope the health care system will be an improvement over the rest of government run programs.
    • Hardcore Conservative
      How's that working out?
  • WE CANT. THEY HAVE TAKEN PEOPLE ALL FROM DIFFERENT LOCATIONS AND SAID THEY HAVE SWINE FLU, BUT IN REALITY, THEY HAVE OTHER AILMENTS, BUT ALL THIS TIME SPENT, NOT ONE GOVT. OFFICIAL HAS TESTED THE SERIUM. IN OTHERWARDS ITS MORE IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO GIVE THE SERIUM TO YOUNG GIRLS, PREGNANT LADIES AND CHILDREN, BUT REFUSE TO TEST THIS SERUM. IT WOULD BE LIKE TAKING AMERICA'S FUTURE AND GIVE THEM AN UNPROVEN SERUM NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS. I'M AGAINST IT UNTIL THE SERUM IS FULLY TESTED. NEW YORK STOPPED THE GIVING OF THE SERUM UNTIL THE F.D.A. TESTS IT AND SAYS IT OK. NOT MUSLIMS, BUT AMERICAN F.D.A..
  • This is a nonsensically loaded question. First, I would note that the swine flu vaccine was brought to you by a combination of the government and private sector. So, for the premise of this question to make sense, you would have to understand how the government, as opposed to private sector, screwed something up (assuming something was screwed up). Once you figured out what the government did wrong, you would have to hypothesize how differently the private sector would have handled the situation without government involvement. You would have to determine if that would be any better than what happened now. The answers to these questions are far from obvious to me. You might as well ask "if the private sector failed to supply swine flu vaccine how can we trust it with Health Care?" It makes just as much sense as your question, i.e. it doesn't make much sense at all.
  • Boy, what a spirited discussion. So much crappy information and opinions by those who listened to the media like they are gods and think our government officials need to be gods also. Remember folks, you have cast your votes for these people and if you didn't vote, you don't have a right to cry and bitch at all. I spent 42 years working for government in social services and can tell you with authority that it's a hell of a lot better than in was in 1960.
  • Do we even really need the vaccine? For most of us probably no...did you know there is some evidence that this flu has actually been around since 1918!
  • If you are convinced that all events are connected, that all events are telling of the next than of course we could not. If on the other hand you believe that it is not always so - that sometimes, seldom or never one event is not a indicator of another and drawing such a conclusion may be without foundation. These may be a non sequiter. If I was to make this arguement I would want more extensive logic and information. +5
  • Can I tell you a secret? We have socialized medicine in my country, AND we have the swine-flu vaccine available for EVERYONE. Our response to swine-flu has been excellent. I suspected that had it, and I had an appointment only a few hours after I called the doctor to book one. I had the test done immediately, and once I was diagnosed I received flu medicine and medicine to reduce my fever. There were no delays, I was not expected to pay large sums of money for this, and everything was done to make sure I was comfortable, and to make sure I did not infect others.
  • I might suggest those of you whom have had or going to get your deadly Swine flu vaccine give a watch and listen to the following video with Barb Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center... http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/10/21/Special-Swine-Flu-Update.aspx
  • Your Republican attempts to "fix" the government is oftentimes the root cause of the failure of government. Republicans ran the government into the ground and then championed the failure of 'big government'. What problem- apples and oranges. The government had to contract out the services. And such contracting out, was designed to fail by those with the incentive to 'drown the government in a bathtub'. I think that those who would destroy the American Government to suit themselves at the price of human lives, are the ones who should have the flu named after them.

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