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  1. Just now, misplacedcowboy said:

    Either way it's probable that UNLV gets to play in a shiny, new stadium right? But I'm guessing that UNLV would prefer the Raiders don't relocate so they don't have to play in an over-sized shiny, new stadium and get a place to call their own?

    In my opinion, it's hard to say what would be best for UNLV football in the end.  Las Vegas, and UNLV to an extent, are quite unique.  Maybe the best thing for UNLV, specifically, is for them to play in a top-tier NFL stadium.  Maybe that attracts more recruits and Las Vegans, rather than a more built-up and established collegiate atmosphere. 

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  2. 7 minutes ago, halfmanhalfbronco said:

    I think it is abhorrent that in some school districts teachers make so little.  However the low teacher salary thing is somewhat of a myth, the average public school teacher makes 56k a year with lots of vacation time.  Not a bad gig.  You can not really attract "the best and brightest" universally to teaching, as the public school system employes over 3 million full time teachers.  Going to be a lot of duds in a pool that big.



    Of course all teachers wouldn't universally be the best and brightest, but maybe the profession could be more competitive with other "best and brightest" fields.

    Not all doctors are "the best".

    And to your point about not being able to pay them, I say where there's a will, there's a way.  We just have no will.

  3. 38 minutes ago, halfmanhalfbronco said:

    You want the best and brightest handling your healthcare, to attract talent it needs to pay well.  Don't be purposefully dense.

    I know Roscoe invoked the Hippo oath which references the doctor, but I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that he really didn't mean doctors should bear the financial burden in the health care.

    Doctors should be compensated fairly and quite well, but we should also find a way for everyone to have health care, regardless of the patient's ability to pay. I don't necessarily think it's a "right", but it seems like the right thing to do if possible and and believe it is possible.

    A little OT but how do you feel about teachers salaries?  Imagine the potential of our society if many of our best and brightest were attracted to teaching. It could be a new renaissance.



  4. 39 minutes ago, NMpackalum said:

    I'm curious to hear what profit margins that people think should OK with insurance companies? I'm not defending them as I generally hate dealing with them. The average health insurer has about a 3-4 % margin and big pharma makes about 18% and generic companies at 5%.Most investors I know wouldn't bother with anything that doesn't pay them at least a 20+% ROI. 

    Good point but we have to say that those are company profits so your ROI stuff doesn't really equate. In addition to likely holding stock in their companies, the CEO's and upper management types could be making tens of millions of dollars.

  5. 10 hours ago, thelawlorfaithful said:

    Hardy har har, do you have a better way to do it genius?

    Easy there, big guy.  Just being silly.

    But since you asked...

    Maybe we could cultivate a society and economic system based on our best qualities of compassion, understanding and love instead of shareholder value and greed?

    It's clear that the quest for increasing profits produced tremendous advancements but what is not clear is how much those things have actually held us back. 




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  6. Just now, 4UNLV said:

    no, that's not what i'm saying. in reference to what toonkee said,  "  there may be such advancements in treatments that costs are reduced..."    i'm saying they are not easily inclined to give up the profits from the billions they are making from, say, cancer treatments. hopefully i am just extremely cynical of the pharmaceutical and insurance industries 'altruism' and i will be proven dead wrong.

    We'll just have to wait a few extra years so they can start producing the generic version of the cancer cure drug, lol.


  7. 1 hour ago, CPslograd said:

    The opposite is true.  The more technology advances, the more old people we have, the more elderly we have, the more unsustainable single payer is.

    20 years ago my dad would be dead, now he costs tens of thousands a year in Medicare.  I'm not pretending to know what the answer is, but imo the problem gets more intractable, not less.

    Not necessarily. Even though people may live longer, there may be such advancements in treatments that costs are reduced. 

  8. 50 minutes ago, Jack Bauer said:

    I could cite several instances of people walking in to the ER, being diagnosed with cancer, and being set up with the cancer team to care for them.  Even people without insurance.

    Long term mental health counseling is a different animal, the medical system does not to a good job with that stuff at all, imo.  There is a severe shortage of psychiatrists, counselors, and other specialists and all of the mental health care and drug treatment places are generally not covered or covered very little by insurance.  The reasons for this are many.

    PT is kind of separate from the medical field as well, meaning I can write for PT or get someone set up for PT, but they are also beholden to insurance regarding visits and other things having to do with the rehab they need.  I think PT access would worsen under straight government health care.  If you mean someone who has no money or resources, it would be hard to get them PT, because those guys usually require a 75 dollar deposit per visit if the patient is uninsured and people are generally not willing to pay out of pocket for it despite it being quite beneficial in many instances.

    But what I was referring to above, is that people walk in for care for emergencies all the time and are treated without any questions about their ability to pay, because it's the right thing to do.
    That said, it's also the right thing to do to help those who need PT and mental health assistance, but we fall short in those aspects.

    That's been my position for a while now and it's something you said in effect.  We already do have universal health care.  It's called the emergency room. The problem is that's a bad way to do it but for some reason we have to jump through all these hoops to avoid calling things like they are.

  9. 1 minute ago, Jack Bauer said:

    I don't know why we all fight about this stuff.  We all want what is best for society.

    I think you can have the best of both worlds where people can get great care, and still have a safety net that takes care of the poor, underinsured, uninsured, and people who are between jobs and stuff.  You would really need Congress to work together to get this, and reach across the aisle and really be interested in doing what is best for the people of this country instead of selfishly hanging on to talking points of an us vs them narrative.

    The German system is really a nice, balanced system that has basic coverage for everyone, but people can buy more coverage if they like.

    We're in luck! Donnie's a big fan of a lot of old German stuff.

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  10. All along I thought the ACA would just basically be renamed by the Republicans.  Sure, a few changes might get made, and hopefully for the better, but I think they're going to have a really hard time getting rid of things like no lifetime maximums, covered preventative care and no pre-existing conditions.

    I sincerely hope they can keep those important things and find a way to reduce costs.


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  11. 5 hours ago, CockyUNLVPoster said:

    Just read an article with our AD saying if the Raiders want to come to Vegas early that UNLV is prepared to make the necessary upgrades to Sam Boyd Stadium to accommodate them.  

    So, all of a sudden we have money coming out of our butt?  Raiders need to pick up the cost.


    I imagine they expect significantly increased revenue by way of tickets, concessions, rent, etc. in that scenario and those monies would pay for the upgrades. Just a guess, though.

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  12. 19 minutes ago, Eat_Your_Dried_Fruits said:

    This is a blessing for us in the Central Valley that the man upstairs has granted. We just need water storage now but our ultra liberal governor could give a dam about that. All he cares about is the high speed rail which is an absolute disaster.   It's amazing how much different the Central Valley is versus the rest of the state. Seems like the rest of the state has gone scenile. I'm optimistic with Trump though. He came to Fresno during his campaign and he spoke to many big wig farmers around the area. The problem is we have water but it's being flushed out to the ocean due to environmental restrictions. Huge job killer. 

    Explain, please.

  13. 16 minutes ago, PTR said:

    For Neal's only tournament team he inherited Cam Bairstow (probably the single most driven player in MWC basketball history and highly skilled college 4), Alex Kirk, a skilled and experienced 6'11 post and Kendall Williams a former conference player of the year combo guard. That team lost to a 10 seed in the tourney.

    He's been a .500 basketball coach since despite scheduling cupcakes out of conference and playing in the worst MWC league since its inception. At the very least he's 1B to CDRs 1A. 

    Yeah, that's pretty bad, too.

  14. 1 hour ago, PTR said:

    We all like to yuck it up about CDR, but you could make a strong argument that he's worse than Dave Rice.

    Dave Rice complied a 98-54 record .645 and Neal is sitting at 61-38 .618. Rice played tougher out of conference schedules too. Advantage Dave.

    Dave Rice went to the NCAA tourney twice. Noodles once. Advantage Dave.

    Dave Rice beat 10 top 25 teams in his time at UNLV. Noodles is 0-12 against teams from P5 conferences. Advantage Dave.

    Dave Rice was hands down the better recruiter.

    Explain to me in a measurable way how Neal is better than CDR? Maybe I'm missing something.

    I'm not sure.

    One of those NCAA years Rice inherited a pretty damn good team from Kruger.

    Rice also had 6 guys that got actual NBA contracts including a #1 pick (maybe AB didn't deserve it but still).  I think sometimes the talent level overcame Rice's incompetence.

    Rice had 3 guys last year that are actually on an NBA roster right now and UNLV finished 7th or 8th (I can't even keep up anymore) in a down MW league!

    That's a special kind of coaching right there.

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  15. Just now, PTR said:

    And maybe we'll crap out 20 wins thanks to in part to this shit conference. Hopefully the bright lights of the CBI won't blind us. Jesus what happened to this conference?

    We replaced Lon Kruger and Steve Alford with Dave Rice and Craig Neal.


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