Saturday, July 11, 2009

Rep. Paul Broun Ignores Stats, Claims Public Option for Health Care "Is Gonna Kill People"

In a speech on the House floor Friday afternoon, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) attacked the idea of a public health care plan, saying “this program of ‘government option’ is being touted as being the panacea, the savior of allowing people to have quality health care at an affordable price is gonna kill people.” He used Canada and the United Kingdom as examples against the public option, claiming that those countries “don’t have the appreciation of life as we do in our society.” What is typical of politicians and many Americans who use such arguments, is that they don't do any homework.

Oh, and doesn't Broun have, ahem, publicly funded healthcare of his own?

Statistically, both Canada and the U.K. have longer lifespans and lower infant mortality rates than ours. To drive the point home still further, Canada's statistics used to be nearly identical to ours, until they went to a single payer universal health care system.

I'm not sure what Broun is complaining about really; what most health care advocates want is single payer, and that's not on the table here. Speaking of tables, you can go to Unicef's website and create your own table comparing countries, life expectancies, infant mortality rates, and so forth. See below for statistics as of 2007.

Cuba, which most would consider a third world country, has a better infant mortality rate than ours! They have the same life expectancy as we do! And why? They have universal health care.

Meanwhile, Canada and the U.K. far outstrip us in either category. So, if Broun really wants to prevent death, he should embrace, not eschew, universal health care. Oh, and for those on the right who worry about spending, isn't human life priceless?

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Anonymous said...

“don’t have the appreciation of life as we do in our society”? WTH?? I'm an American who's lived in the UK for the past ten years, and I can't for the life of me figure out how this idiot thinks the US has such a superior appreciation of life than the UK or Canada. How is ensuring every single citizen has the ability to see a doctor and get hospital treatment if necessary without the risk of going bankrupt or becoming homeless *less* of an appreciation of life?? And don't even get me started on Americans and guns...

Don't get me wrong, I love my country, and I'm actually proud of it again now Obama is in office (well, except for the roaches his election has drawn out of the woodwork). But this is such an arrogant, blatently untrue statement, it's simply more evidence as to how America has gotten the bad rep it has with much of the world.

Anonymous said...

i definitely agree. any country that has a good health care system in my mind has an "appreciation of life"!

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It won't succeed as a matter of fact, that's exactly what I think.