They of course do not admit as much.
My marvelous smartphone occasionally sends me “news” updates as picked by Verizon. From the character of these I take it Verizon is a “converged” outfit, in the SJW sense. I usually delete this material on sight. However, I did read the following article:
I write about Americans all the time. I write about health too. This one was interesting to me.
Since the early 1970s, most developed countries have followed a similar trajectory: They have increased spending on health care and seen some impressive gains in life expectancy.
But one nation stands out for profligate spending and poor outcomes: The US has spent more than any other nation on health care, while its citizens still die fairly young. Among 23 nations who have been members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since the early 1970s, only Turkey — which spends a tiny fraction of what Americans lavish on health care — lags behind the US on life expectancy. Japan leads the OECD with a life expectancy of 83.7 in 2014, almost four years longer than the US.
While some OECD countries, including the UK, have single-payer, government-run health care, this isn’t what separates the US from the rest of the pack. Switzerland, for instance, delivers almost universal coverage in a system that relies on competing private insurance companies.
Judged on life expectancy and other health outcomes, parts of the US look like the developing world.
There’s a reason for that last bit – which is true. Actually there is a lot of truth in this article. For as much as we spend on healthcare and related items, most Americans are horribly unhealthy. The author’s solution is, of course, to spend more. As everything good flows directly from the beneficial bounty of big government, it only follows that only government can make people feel better and live longer…
Or it could be that most of that spending is wasted. Profits for the industry, the insurance racket, and autocrats sore as health fails. Or it could be that Americans perpetually sit on the couch, eating garbage and watching the brain-killing, diabetes-inducing idiot box. Could be.
The trend could also be explained by the massive demographic shifts which have plagued America since Emanuel Celler’s 1965 law began the fundamental transformation of America – for the worse.
Parts of the U.S. look like the third world judging by more than just life expectancy. Much of the country, now, IS the third world.
Look at the graphs from the article, especially the following. It tracks life expectancy verses healthcare spending from 1973 to 2014.
Some improvements, yes, but pitiful compared to other nations. Why? How? 1973 was about the time that the 1965 Immigration Act started taking effect, started taking America away from the circle of civilized, developed nations. Compare the foregoing chart with this graph:
New York Immigration Coalition.
The effects are clear as a bell. Hart, Celler, and Kennedy lied through their fangs when they claimed there would be no net change in the national demographic composition – there’s been nothing but change. Change has consequences. And it keeps changing. The following shows the rough racial makeup of America from 1790 to a projected 2070 (not that far away):
And the changes brought changes. All of those other comparison developed nations have something in common: homogenous populations, or more homogenous populations than America’s. Turkey is virtually 100% Turkish. Switzerland, despite ruthless efforts to diversify it, is virtually 100% Swiss. Japan is stubbornly, xenophobically near 100% Japanese.
It turns out that importing the various residents of the lower world has more consequences than tasty ethnic foods, collapsing academic testing results, 9/11, and Islamic bomb factories in Minneapolis. It also means imported foreign health issues and genetic disposition. This stuff is real, like it or not.
Arriving in the remains of the U.S., the newcomers from Africa, Asia, South America, and the Middle East must certainly experience some benefits. Their overall health scores increase relative to their counterparts back home. The native whites (and blacks) also see slow increases for the better. Yet, all succumb to one degree or another to the effects of the new sedentary lifestyle, the slow death of fast food, etc. And the imports have a cumulative effect on the whole.
The graphs don’t explain everything though they do raise some questions … or answers. Why are Americans so damned unhealthy? Maybe it’s because they’re ceasing to be Americans.
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