Friday, June 17, 2011
We heard claims of “Thousands of people die each year because they do not have health insurance or their policy does not cover the medicine or procedures they need,” and “Take a look at our life expectancy and infant mortality rate and you will find the USA has one of the highest rates of infant mortality among Industrialized nations and ranks with the lowest in life expectancy.”
Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) informed us, “Reform is neither easy nor cheap, but the cost of inaction is far greater – in terms of lives lost, quality of life, and dollars.”
Who can forget the graphic display of former Florida Democrat Alan Grayson as he announced on the House Floor, “the Republican plan for uninsured Americans is ‘don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly?”
A recent column in the Missourian claimed, “Repealing or preventing health care reform will likely kill many more people than terrorist attacks.”
In essence, Obama and the Democrats struck fear in the hearts of citizens with bombastic claims of people dying in the streets, dropping like flies unless we handed healthcare over to them.
After all of the rhetoric and pushing through the healthcare abomination, we read in a recent USA Today, “Age-adjusted death rate for the U.S. population fell for the 10th year in a row to an all-time low of 741 deaths per 100,000 in 2009. This is down from 758.7 deaths in 2008.”
The article also says, “The increase in life expectancy and decline in death rates for major diseases are encouraging, says Ralph Sacco, a neurologist and president of the American Heart Association, and show ‘that our treatments and prevention programs are working’.”
Oh, they claim we are still behind other industrialized nations, alluding to European nations with socialized healthcare, but a look towards those nations sees economic woes worse than ours and calls to transform their socialized medicine to more of private healthcare system.
But, the question remains, since America’s death rates have been decreasing and life expectancy increasing during the time of the heavy rhetoric selling Obamacare, just why did we need to hand a well functioning healthcare system over to the government?
If healthcare in America was so dysfunctional, as claimed by proponents, just how do they account for this increase in life expectancy and death rates decreasing long before shoving this abomination down our throats that hasn’t even taken effect yet?
Once again, the simple philosophy I learned long ago, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” was ignored.
How that will affect death rates and life expectancy remains to be seen.
But, we also know Obamacare was never about improving America’s health, but about controlling the people.
Posted by Lew Waters at 12:12 PM