In a fairly hilarious twist, an article I ran across on FoxNews.com of all places (re-hosted from the Associated Press) tells us of new data coming from the CDC that shows historic improvements in the average life expectancy for Americans. It also states that while our infant mortality rate dropped to historic lows, it’s still much higher than in many European countries.
And can you guess what all of those countries which have a better infant mortality rate have in common? Spoiler alert: It’s universal health care.
They also lead the United States in average life expectancy as well.
But…but, I thought the Affordable Care Act (and universal health care in general) would lead to more people dying? Isn’t that what Republicans have been saying for years? Well, if that’s the case, why did we just have a historic rise in average life expectancy between 2010-2012? You know, the years “Obamacare” began rolling out?
And why if socialized health care is such a “death sentence,” do all of these countries that provide it have much better infant mortality rates and life expectancies than we do?
Here are the two key findings from the CDC study:
— U.S. life expectancy for a child born in 2012 was 78 years and 9 1/2 months, up about six weeks from life expectancy in 2010 and 2011. That’s a record.
— The infant mortality rate dropped again slightly, to a new low of 5.98 per 1,000 births. That’s a historic low, but the U.S. infant mortality rate continues to be higher than in most European countries.
I added the bolding to emphasize those two parts.
To further back up the absurdity behind this anti-socialized health care propaganda from the Republican party, let’s take a look at the life expectancies and infant mortality rates of Spain, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Canada (all nations with universal health care) against the United States.
- Spain: Life Expectancy – 81.47, Infant Mortality Rate – 3.33
- Germany: Life Expectancy – 80.44, Infant Mortality Rate – 3.46
- Italy: Life Expectancy – 82.03, Infant Mortality Rate – 3.31
- United Kingdom: Life Expectancy – 80.42, Infant Mortality Rate – 4.44
- Canada: Life Expectancy – 81.67, Infant Mortality Rate – 4.71
- United States: Life Expectancy – 78.75, Infant Mortality Rate – 5.98
If you just look at simple facts, the case against universal health care is closed. It saves lives – period.
The numbers in these other countries aren’t just slightly better, they’re drastically better. People in Canada, right on our own northern border, are living nearly three years longer than we are. To put that into perspective, people living in Mexico have an average life expectancy of 75.43 years. Meaning that, as far as life expectancy goes, we’re about the same distance from being equal to Mexico’s average life expectancy as we are Canada’s. That’s absolutely embarrassing.
Nothing against Mexico, but you really can’t compare the level of modernization within that country with the United States. Though you can compare it with Canada. But you don’t even need to just look at Canada. Every one of those European nations with universal health care is kicking our butt when it comes to these vital mortality numbers.
And this data from the CDC shows that since the Affordable Care Act has started rolling out, our average life expectancy saw a historic increase.
This is why I can’t have a sensible debate with people when it comes to this issue. Because there is no debate. The overwhelming evidence proves that when a nation has universal health care, their citizens live longer and infant mortality rates drop.
The question every American should be asking the Republican party is: Why are they trying to prevent Americans from living longer, healthier lives?