Thursday, January 10, 2008

Don't get me started

Ooops, I already am....
In the most recent issue of Health Affairs: The Policy Journal of the Health Sphere,Ellen Nolte and C.Martin McKee have written an article titled "Measuring the Health of Nations: Updating an Earlier Analysis". The abstract of the article reads:

"We compared trends in deaths considered amenable to health care before age seventy-five between 1997–98 and 2002–03 in the United States and in eighteen other industrialized countries. Such deaths account, on average, for 23 percent of total mortality under age seventy-five among males and 32 percent among females. The decline in amenable mortality in all countries averaged 16 percent over this period. The United States was an outlier, with a decline of only 4 percent. If the United States could reduce amenable mortality to the average rate achieved in the three top-performing countries, there would have been 101,000 fewer deaths per year by the end of the study period."

So one person dies every five minutes in the Amerika because of an unreasoning commitment to a failed health care delivery model.
Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee claims:

"Sometimes we talk about why we're importing so many people in our
workforce," the former Arkansas governor said. "It might be for the
last 35 years, we have aborted more than a million people who would
have been in our workforce had we not had the holocaust of liberalized
abortion under a flawed Supreme Court ruling in 1973

WTF? 101,000 people under age 75 dying every year and Huckabee claims immigration is powered by abortion? And this screaming loon is a credible candidate for president?

Here, we've had the Romanow report (a pdf of which is available here and info about is available here) which encourages an extension of a health care system that is proven to work better than the American model and it can't get traction. And our current government--as well as the Alberta government--wants to move us more towards the American model. [insert Bernie's basic spittle-flying rant about money, empire, and a massive democratic deficit here. Don't forget the links between Brian "Why was my approval rating 13%?" Mulroney and Stephen "Fascism would be so much easier" Harper and the criminality of the "Chicago School" economists.]

As an aside, has anyone else noticed that Bush's approval ratings haven't yet fallen as low as Brian's did before he slunk away to lick his wounds? And of the two, Bush is probably the worse? WTF?

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