More of Obama demonstrating his cluelessness while speaking to Argentine youths about capitalism vs. communism.
“And I said this to President Castro in Cuba. I said, look, you’ve made great progress in educating young people. Every child in Cuba gets a basic education — that’s a huge improvement from where it was. Medical care — the life expectancy of Cubans is equivalent to the United States, despite it being a very poor country, because they have access to health care. That’s a huge achievement. They should be congratulated.”
So what? Cubans are not free to leave, which makes them prisoners. Every American prisoner gets free healthcare, too.
As for American life expectancy, accidental death, suicide and murder are figured into life expectancy, making it a terrible measure of healthcare quality. We also count preemies as live births, even though many do not survive.
Avik Roy suggests:
If you really want to measure health outcomes, the best way to do it is at the point of medical intervention. If you have a heart attack, how long do you live in the U.S. vs. another country? If you’re diagnosed with breast cancer? In 2008, a group of investigators conducted a worldwide study of cancer survival rates, called CONCORD. They looked at 5-year survival rates for breast cancer, colon and rectal cancer, and prostate cancer. I compiled their data for the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, and western Europe. Guess who came out number one?