|Mouth of the GOP|
In recognition of the approaching July 4 celebration, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put on a pyrotechnic display of denial on "Fox News Sunday" for the loyal conserves. When asked how Republicans would provide health care coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans, McConnell said, "That is not the issue. The question is how to go step by step to improve the American health care system. It is already the finest health care system in the world." [Emphasis is the Beacon's.]
That finest health care system in the world slogan is one of the great lies and denials of the whole issue. In no comparative studies does the U.S rank anywhere near the top. Of course, the GOP's mouthpieces for lying and denying, such as the Wall Street Journal, find fault with those studies, but they can cite no studies which place America at or near the top on any components that make up the process of health care delivery. Except cost. America maintains the highest per capita expenditure on health care of any nation in the world. The latest Commonwealth Fund Report surveying health care among the nations says,
Despite having the most costly health system in the world, the United States consistently underperforms on most dimensions of performance, relative to other countries. This report—an update to three earlier editions—includes data from seven countries and incorporates patients' and physicians' survey results on care experiences and ratings on dimensions of care. Compared with six other nations—Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom—the U.S. health care system ranks last or next-to-last on five dimensions of a high performance health system: quality, access, efficiency, equity, and healthy lives.
The World Health Organization, which has been labeled a commie fraud for doing so, ranks the U.S. 72nd in world delivery systems. That's right behind Argentina.
That bastion of commie fraud, The New England Journal of Medicine, finds:
Despite the claim by many in the U.S. health policy community that international comparison is not useful because of the uniqueness of the United States, the rankings have figured prominently in many arenas. It is hard to ignore that in 2006, the United States was number 1 in terms of health care spending per capita but ranked 39th for infant mortality, 43rd for adult female mortality, 42nd for adult male mortality, and 36th for life expectancy.
McConnell explains away all this commie fraud. He says,
We're not going to turn the American health care system into a western European system," McConnell said. "That's exactly what is at the heart of Obamacare. They want to ... have the federal government take over all American health care. The federal government can't handle Medicare or Medicaid.McConnell should know, as he shows his deftness at handling facts.