Looking for a free lunch. A few health care stats. Hope & Change — Clinton ‘92. Plus more.
Re: Rep. Mike Pence’s Freedom Can’t Be Rationed:
Interesting column. But so far, what the kind of “freedom” you want to continue has me living without health insurance. Why? Am I some kind of deadbeat? Am I diabetic, or recovering from cancer? No. I’m a 63-year-old female, employed full time at a small firm (under 25 people), and I have essential hypertension, well controlled on a generic medication that costs me $12 every three months. And for that terrible threat to Blue Cross’s bottom line, I can’t even get a QUOTE on a health care policy. That’s right. You could send me a subsidy, give me a tax credit, whatever, and I still wouldn’t have health insurance because of my age and the fact that I’m not perfectly healthy.
So if this is the kind of wonderful system you want to continue,
I will continue to vote for any candidate of the Democratic Party
out of sheer preservation.
— Suzanne Shobe
A seldom discussed element of the health care debate is the likely corrosive effect on health from the complete alienation of the person from the process. People need to be health producers, not health care consumers. What kind of person comes from being a mere consumer, not a producer, of the most important thing in life?
The health care debate, in fact, is about ill health or disease, not really health. If “health care’ were caring about the state of health, the idea of third party payment, let alone monolithic government funding, should go out the window. Nothing could be worse for health than becoming a passive consumer, dependent of expert agents and therapies geared neither for understanding nor competitive alternatives.
Attitude and personal engagement matter. If they did not, there would be no placebo effect. Though it is hard to design interventionary (drug) trials to produce data proving my point, but there are vast amounts of observational data supporting more than casual dismissal of subjective phenomena, specifically personal responsibility, in health outcomes. But some want us, for political and economic reasons, to be forever dependent health care consumers.
Reasonable people may differ on how much of our own health we
influence, and certainly it’s not all of it. But when government
monopolizes the treatment of disease, it will tolerate no
competition, no right to chose, no right to personal or family
initiative, no meaningful innovation in diet and behavior, no
speech or assembly for unsanctioned health purposes. Obama has
given lip service to prevention, but that is a good or value far
beyond the capacity of government budgeting and resource
allocation. And the alienation from our own bodies achieved in
national health care of any sort is a great stride for secularism
and materialism. Obamacare is as bankrupting spiritually as his
social and economic agendas are financially. Though we can
recover more easily from the later.
— Christopher Roberts
It is blood-curdling to read the lies and distortions in your article. Misleading people and flat-out lying about facts is ruinous for our country’s future. We will end up like GM, except we will not be able to bail ourselves out. The American century is ending because of our leaders’ stupidity and greed.
How about the below data:
First, let’s look at per capita health care spending in three countries, and in the United States:
United States: $5,274
United Kingdom: $2,160
New Zealand: $1,857
Let’s look at the figures from a slightly different standpoint, total health care spending as a percent of GDP:
United States: 15.4%
New Zealand: 8.4%
United Kingdom: 8.1%
On the theory that you get what you pay for, our health care system certainly should be the best in the world, as the Republicans keep telling us that it is. So the next question is: what is the objective evidence of the results obtained by the health care systems in those three countries, compared to the United States.
I hope that even you think that babies dying before their first birthday is a bad thing, so surely our massive health care spending gives us a lower infant mortality rate than those countries, right? Wrong. Here are the number of children, per thousand live births, who die in their first year of life in these same four countries:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?