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France best, US worst in preventable deaths

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Have a philosophical problem with universal healthcare? Is your philosophy worth, say, …
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0108 05WASHINGTON – France, Japan and Australia rated best and the United States worst in new rankings focusing on preventable deaths due to treatable conditions in 19 leading industrialized nations, researchers said on Tuesday….If the U.S. health care system performed as well as those of those top three countries, there would be 101,000 fewer deaths in the United States per year, according to researchers writing in the journal Health Affairs. … the large number of Americans who lack any type of health insurance — about 47 million people in a country of about 300 million, according to U.S. government estimates — probably was a key factor in the poor showing of the United States compared to other industrialized nations in the study. …“I think health care in the U.S. is pretty good if you have access. But if you don’t, I think that’s the main problem, isn’t it?”
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A hundred one thousand deaths per year? A million every ten? Nearly 300 every day?

We could save them. But they’re not people we know. So we tacitly say—to quote Jesus’ sarcastic criticism—”Be warmed and filled.” We wait for a solution that costs us little, complies with our philosophical preference, and trims none of our rights.

While another 300, doomed by our inaction, lose the right to life today.

How long, America?

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Written by Monte

January 9, 2008 at 2:32 pm

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  1. Hey, aren’t the guys who abhor universal health-care the same ones that go spastic over the abortion issue? Kinda warped reasoning, don’t ya think?

    Monte Says: You mean, as in, “We don’t want government having any say over us, but we do want government having the final say over others?” Or, “We don’t want government providing for people who can’t provide for themselves, and we don’t want government providing healthcare for children whose parents can’t afford it, but we do want government enforcing the right to life for those yet to be born”? Good point. “Pro-life” seems to be pretty selective.


    January 10, 2008 at 12:35 pm

  2. Monte

    Sobering statistics. I am baffled morally at Americans’ apathy toward this and their fear of “socialism” when national health care is discussed. We have made such a god of unrestrained capitalism and free-market enterprise that our hearts have become calloused to human suffering. We blame the victims of injustice and oppression rather than lawyers who are out of control and health care companies dumping huge profits into their pockets. It is shameful.

    Monte Says: Hey, friend! Right you are. And how silly it is that any projected US healthcare plan is called “socialized medicine,” since socialism is about government ownership of the means of production. Single payer plans are entirely private in ownership; the government pays out. Great to hear from you!


    January 9, 2008 at 7:59 pm

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