As for not making a profit on medical care, what fantasy world do you live in? Should those that produce and distribute food make a profit? How about those that build and sell houses? Health care is a commodity, just like food and housing, and if you don't want profit, you don't want health care.
As for gun ownership, you, like most on the Left, have real trouble reading plain English. Whether a miltia is the motivating factor or not, the right of the people to own and carry firearms is prohibited for the Feds to interfere with. They can't legally pass any legislation dealing with the subject.
4.7% for 2008, prior to that, in the 10-11% range. And of course this is all smoke, if you drill down you'll see the biggest players are Met Life and Prudential Financial, two companies whose investiment activities dwarf their insurance holdings.
And 4 percent net is a respectable margin for a service industry. Try retailing.
You have this tight, narrow interpretation on one hand--the Constitution means EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS, NO MORE, NO LESS. Except that "a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state" is just so much fluff, a throw-away or in your words--whether a militia is the motivating factor or not. OR NOT??? Holy interpretation Batman!! Seems to me you folks are all about it either says it or it doesn't. So what's up with this "whether..or not" stuff??
And I'm sure you're aware of the underpinning of English common law of our Constitution, wherein the crown required citizens to keep arms for military duty. But hey, why complicate things with history? That clause, it's just silly and the one part of the Constitution that you're happy to ignore.
Oh funny people.
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