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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Obamacare lie of the day

Eight years ago, as the Obama-loving media pushed what we now call Obamacare, the argument was that our health care system was broken because the life expectancy was too low in the United States.

That's like saying carbon dioxide is a pollutant.

Well they do that, too.

A typical report at the time was like this one in the New Yorker on January 29, 2009:
Today, Sécurité Sociale provides payroll-tax-financed insurance to all French residents, primarily through a hundred and forty-four independent, not-for-profit, local insurance funds. The French health-care system has among the highest public-satisfaction levels of any major Western country; and, compared with Americans, the French have a higher life expectancy, lower infant mortality, more physicians, and lower costs. In 2000, the World Health Organization ranked it the best health-care system in the world. (The United States was ranked thirty-seventh.)
Never mind that in the summer of 2003, a heat wave while all those "more physicians" were on vacation killed 14,802 in France.

Dammit, their life expectancy is higher so that proves their health system is better. Cuba's is better.

So we pass Obamacare the next year, and guess what? Our gap in life expectancy expanded.


From CBS:
Life expectancy in the United States is already much lower than most other high-income countries and is expected to fall even further behind by 2030, new research published today predicts.
According to the most recent government figures, life expectancy at birth in the United States is 76.3 years for men and 81.2 years for women.
Using a number of forecasting models, researchers from the U.K. predict life expectancy in the U.S. will improve to 83.3 years for women and 79.5 years for men by the year 2030.
Oh, it is worse than CBS said.

From the Washington Post:
For the first time in more than two decades, life expectancy for Americans declined last year — a troubling development linked to a panoply of worsening health problems in the United States.
Rising fatalities from heart disease and stroke, diabetes, drug overdoses, accidents and other conditions caused the lower life expectancy revealed in a report released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics. In all, death rates rose for eight of the top 10 leading causes of death.
So we passed Obamacare and our health care system got worse -- at least as the media measured a health-care system eight years ago.

But rather than hold Obama and the Democratic Party accountable, CBS media-splained it:
“The USA has the highest child and maternal mortality, homicide rate, and body-mass index of any high-income country, and was the first of high-income countries to experience a halt or possibly reversal of increase in height in adulthood, which is associated with higher longevity,” the authors write.
Of course, that is what I said all along.

Life expectancy to health care system efficacy is what carbon dioxide is to the climate.

Now let us repeal Obamacare and get on with life.

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  1. Old journalists never die ... not while them there young punks in the trade so desperately need their asses kicked.

  2. 8 years of Obama was pretty depressing for a lot of folks. Depression kills.

  3. Yes and since the election the democrats have acted so foolish that I've walked into several inanimate objects laughing at them. I may be experiencing early symptoms of CTE.

  4. Obanmacare was a lie from the start, and the media helped spread it.

  5. Lower infant mortality! They use apples and we oranges. In general in Europe infant death is after a certain time alive; in the US the count starts at birth.

  6. Lower infant mortality! They use apples and we oranges. In general in Europe infant death is after a certain time alive; in the US the count starts at birth.

  7. Maybe this propaganda is why the losers in congress have not made much noise about repeal and replace.

  8. If their system was better why does everyone who can afford it come here when they really need help?

    And I'm glad you mentioned the heat wave. Know why so many oldsters died?

    All their kids were taking the 6 week annual paid vaca and expected Sécurité Sociale to look in on them.

    They din't.

  9. Sooner it's gone, the better. Tired of laying the penalty on my tax never seems to motivate them to get insured, and it's just more pain for the poor.