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Initial post: Jun 4, 2012, 11:05:06 AM PDT
Roy Wells says:
One disturbing thing is I see many people "discussing" a book they have never read.

How can anyone honestly engage in a discussion of a book when they know only indirectly about the contents?

Posted on Jun 8, 2012, 12:38:27 PM PDT
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D. Babcock says:
Disscussing a book you havn't read ? Why read the book, save some money. If you don't live under a rock you know that every day Obama does something amateuristic. One of my favorites is his visit to the Queen of England and he makes a toast to her. (see Youtube)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012, 5:45:47 PM PDT
Roy Wells says:
How can you intelligently discuss a topic you have no firsthand knowledge of?

Posted on Jun 16, 2012, 6:47:37 PM PDT
B.Wronski says:
At the end of the day, one does not need a book to know what an amateur Obama is.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012, 12:43:09 AM PDT
reyn8532 says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012, 11:41:29 AM PDT
Take your closed mind to Germany, where they are more "civilized". Then you can ponder the fact that Medicaid pays medical costs for poor people here. Ponder the fact that the 49% of the people here who pay federal income tax make sure that there are food stamps and welfare. Also consider that conservatives give more to charity. Finally, visit some death camp shrines while you are there in Germany, and tell me how much more civilized they were last century.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2012, 2:20:15 AM PDT
W. J Yates says:
I lived in Germany 9 years, my landlord was head of one of their socialized healthcare "utopias" (in your view), I had a 1 hour re-test of of a simple apparent discrepancy on a previous blood test I had originally waited to take until I was in the USA for a meeting.

And during that time I noticed that the furniture in Utopia looked like it was constructed c. WWI although the rooms were spotlessly clean. One of the tests personally administered by my landlord (MRI maybe) was a hand held job with a tiny TV type screen, which he apologized for, saying "The best medical equipment in the world, and the best value economically, is manufactured in the USA but the [German] government won't allow us to buy it." He was from the Czech Republic BTW, and he later volunteered: "Most German people who have the money don't use our socialized medical facilities, they pay for their treatment from private doctors." By "private doctors," I don't know where he meant, possibly out of country.

I was a DOD (Department of Defense) civilian and authorized to use military medical facilities. And I can attest for sure that most Americans avoided German socialized medicine like the plague, socialized German doctors had a bad reputation. Even the military doctors, perhaps 20 years behind our standards (my personnel manager's wife was an RN at Landstuhl Army Hospital) and she told me that, but they were better than German socialized facilities IMHO.

This experience confirmed what I already suspected: a) socialized medicine ain't what it's cracked up to be, b) it's second rate medicine by our standards and c) the average disprivileged citizen in the USA (even illegal aliens) probably gets better treatment at one of our emergency facilities.

So I wouldn't be too handy with the assumptions and kudos if I were you. And you post suggests you don't know the German people like I do.

Oh and BTW, when my bill came it was $2,700. I'm was shocked that Aetna paid it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2012, 2:32:44 PM PDT
Finola says:
I too lived in Germany for 6 years and I can also attest that the wealthier Germans do carry their own private health insurance so they don't have to be treated in a government run system. The average German can expect to be treated in public hospitals where I have seen 6 to 8 beds in a room. The Germans with the private health insurance go to smaller private clinics run by doctors. I lived too far from military hospitals and had the option to be treated in one of these smaller clinics. Other than the pain I was treated like I was in a 5 star hotel. I was lucky! Most of my German friends were envious because their government didn't feel they deemed such treatment. They also had to wait a long time to get into see a specialist. The brother of one of my friends died from a simple gall bladdar surgery at the age of 38. I just don't remember ever hearing of an American in recent times dying from such an operation. YOU DON"T WANT OBAMACARE, trust me.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012, 4:10:03 PM PDT
Stan says:
As of today, out of 108 one-star reviews of this book, only 18 are Amazon verified purchasers, whereas 90 are not.

I think the OP has a point.

Though a few may have purchased the book elsewhere, it appears that most of negative reviews of this book are likely from customers who have not even read it.

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W. J Yates says:
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The Amateur by Edward Klein (Hardcover - May 15, 2012)
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