Asking the right questions

This actually goes back to Socrates. He was the teacher of Plato and he just asked the right questions.

Health Care

Recently, someone referred me to a health care segment, asking questions about US health care. It’s entitled Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?. Or you can see it embedded here.

Let me summarize his questions or turn his statements into questions.

English: Acrylic paint on canvas. Theme quantu...
English: Acrylic paint on canvas. Theme quantum physics. Français : Peinture acrylique sur toile. Thématique physique quantique. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • Why is the cost of US health care expenditure higher per capita than places like Germany, Canada, etc.?
  • Why do things like hip replacements cost 10 times more in the US than in countries like Belgium?
  • Why do brand name US drugs cost many more times what they do in places like New Zealand?
  • Why can you stay in a Dutch hospital for seven nights what it costs to stay in a US hospital for one night?
  • When do we pay more for health care then you would expect us to pay?
  • Why do we do out patient surgeries while other countries do then in hospitals?
  • Why do countries like the UK pick a single fake hip provide (i.e. Insuring they are safe and cheap), while the US doesn’t (i.e. Therefore insuring high prices)?

I like how he mentions we shouldn’t treat health care costs as political theater. So rather than “forcing” solutions – like Obamacare – or not offering any solutions (i.e. Republicans), perhaps we should be asking the right questions.

I just call myself an independent.  I can’t really side “fully” with either the Democrats nor the Republicans.  The guy does ask some interesting questions, which I see neither the Democrats nor Republications raising.

Let’s end with this interesting YouTube video:


English: Rob Bell at the 2011 Time 100 gala.
English: Rob Bell at the 2011 Time 100 gala. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There was a book entitled Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell at Bell on Amazon. There is a Wiki article on him at Bell on Wiki.

I read the book and obtained it though my local public library. They can get the book from any US library. Here’s the issue. The traditional viewpoint of limited folks in heaven raises deep theological and philosophical problems. They problems have been debated by theologians and philosophers for centuries. And they have proposed many interesting solutions.

There are groups like Tent Maker , which argue for a universal reconciliation viewpoint. Others take a slight more limited variation, like the anonymous Christian of Catholic theologian Karl Rahner at Rahner on Wiki. Others have argued for a final version of hell called Annihilationism at Annihilationism at Wiki.

I did go to a class on Love Wins at a local Methodist church. The problem was raised about what you do with a person that is hell bent?  In other words, what do you do with evil people who would refuse to change?  Perhaps my solution of the Anonymous Christian coupled with Annihilationism solves the issue. Others say Bell is arguing for a Universalist position. No, he is not. He’s just asking the right questions.

Asking the right questions

Perhaps the folks in Quantum physics are the best for asking questions. Do we have several dimensions of reality, like we have with string theory? Can a cat be both alive and dead in the quantum world, like Schrodinger’s cat at the Quantum physics cat? Perhaps they need to meet with us and teach us how to ask the right questions.



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