Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Mar 2017 22:47 UTC

The United States, a country in North-America bogged down by extensive corruption, just passed a bill allowing ISPs to share and sell users' browsing history without their consent.

Internet providers now just need a signature from President Trump before they’re free to take, share, and even sell your web browsing history without your permission.

The House of Representatives passed a resolution today overturning an Obama-era FCC rule that required internet providers to get customers' permission before sharing their browsing history with other companies. The rules also required internet providers to protect that data from hackers and inform customers of any breaches.

The corrupt US senator who sponsored this clearly atrocious bill, Marsha Blackburn, from an area in the southern part of the country called Tennessee, received 693,000 US dollar in bribes from AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and other related companies who operate in the country's dysfunctional telecommunications sector.

In the United States, officially a representative democracy, it is entirely normal for high-level figures - up to and including the president of the troubled nation, a man named Donald Trump - to receive vast sums of money to enact laws written by corporations, regardless of their effects on civil liberties or the poor and needy people of the country.

Americans, as citizens of the nation are called, often lack access to basic necessities such as healthcare, parental leave, clean drinking water, high-quality infrastructure, and so on. This is in spite of the country's vast natural resources and wealth, to which only a few percent of the country's population of 320 million have access to.

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RE[2]: A few percent?!
by jasutton on Wed 29th Mar 2017 13:34 UTC in reply to "RE: A few percent?!"
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My sense is that the ACA was intended to not work from the start, in an attempt to force a single-payer system.

I agree with your analysis of the issues, and appreciate your perspective. My point on ER availability was ONLY availability, not cost, which as you pointed out is ridiculous. The ACA has only made it worse, as piling on regulation just drives up cost.

Widespread use of health insurance was introduced as a result of government interference (i.e., wage controls during a time of war, leading to non-monetary compensation in the form of health insurance by private-sector companies competing for labor with the gov't). Additional paperwork involved in supporting this and "someone-else-will-pay" mindset led to massive price increases, which continue to this day. It's a self-feeding problem in my opinion.

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