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Most designated drivers are drunk.

Canadians have access to fewer new medicines than other countries.

Is Kaiser trying to avoid sick people in California’s ObamaCare health insurance exchange?

The U.S. economy is less open than 37 other countries.

Did the IRS seize 60 million medical records in California, including every state judge as well as “prominent citizens in the world of entertainment, business and government, from all walks of life”?

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  1. JD says:

    “Most designated drivers are drunk.”

    It’s hard to see your friends having fun and not being able to join in. Most people partake a little.

  2. Bubba says:

    Most designated drivers are drunk

    I thought the study said one-in-five designated drivers are drunk. Maybe this is referring to the number who drink despite being the designated driver.

    I think JD makes a good point. But let me posit some additional thoughts.

    1) The designated driver may be drafted by others rather than a volunteer — thus their commitment may be less than full.

    2) The designated driver may abandon their post and resign their responsibility once at the bar.

    3) The designated driver may view his/her job as taking on the risk of getting stopped, rather than abstaining from alcohol.

    4) Presumably they don’t believe they are drunk, or they believe their responsibility is to drink less than their fellow inebriated celebrants.

    5) Maybe designated drivers are a fiction created by public awareness campaigns and bars. I’ve noticed that when I order a soft drink at a bar, it’s often free (i.e. designated drivers get free drinks). Maybe the people who masquerade as designated drivers actually carry around a flask or are those little liquor bottles like are sold on airline flights as a way to socialize at the bar while paying less than $6 per drink.

    • Randall says:

      It makes it more interesting when the DD ends up being the DDD, disappears, does not have a license or lights up when driving everyone home.

  3. Tim says:

    “Most designated drivers are drunk.”

    This must have been a fun research study to engage in. Who doesn’t like to survey drunk people exiting bars?

  4. Studebaker says:

    “Most designated drivers are drunk.”

    Maybe they were drunk when they volunteered to be the designated driver. Why else would someone volunteer for this role?

    • Tim says:

      Well, oftentimes peer-pressure gets to a lot of people. I often volunteer as a designated driver and often get lots of pressure to drink but I know how to abstain despite peer-pressure. However, lots of other people get tempted, especially if they’re not used to it.

  5. Howard says:

    I cannot believe that the IRS would do that!!!

  6. John says:

    “Most designated drivers are drunk”

    - I believe this

  7. Kris says:

    “Canadians have access to fewer new medicines than other countries.”

    -And yet, we are trying to model our HC system after them.

  8. Nigel says:

    I have seen numerous people DD for others while refraining from drinking, while there is temptation to drink i’m sure, talking to some drunk people coming out of bar at 2:30 am, while most DD will leave earlier because they are bored with the drunken tomfoolery, and they take the drunk people home.

  9. Greg Scandlen says:

    From the Kaiser article –

    “Some experts say Kaiser intentionally bid high to avoid drawing too many customers next year who are sick or who have been uninsured for years and may be costlier to treat.”

    What kind of experts are these? How would overcharging for coverage encourage healthy people to enroll instead of sick people? In fact it would have the opposite effect. Sick people are more willing to pay more to get good coverage.