Humble Rants 23 October 2013

Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Opinion

Humble Rants 23 October 2013

by Robert Skoglund aka The humble Farmer

Why do Europeans so often want to start a comparison of our countries by talking about health care?

Only because, as the U.S. Congress plows into gridlock again over Obamacare, Europe offers a number of examples of far more efficient health care systems. 

The want us to see a Bloomberg study that tells us when you’re talking about health care, four European nations rank in the top 10. 

I don't know about you, but aren't you sick and tired of hearing that the U.S. could learn something about health care from Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Sweden? 

 Do you want to keep hearing that of the 48 nations surveyed, the U.S. ranked number 46 when it comes to health care, just barely beating Brazil --- and Serbia? 

But let's trot out some more figures that might just make those smug Europeans crawl back into their holes.

If a study were done to find out which country has companies that profit the most from selling pills and medical services, wouldn't we win? 

Which country in the whole wide world has the highest percentage of its people in jail? I ask you that.  

And which country has the most millionaires? And because the gap between the rich and the poor is getting larger, every day our millionaires are going to get even richer. Because Republicans have compassion, those rich folks toss and turn in bed at night wondering if the man who cleans their swimming pool can have his teeth fixed. Rich Americans probably get less sleep than anyone in the world. 

The trouble with these surveys and studies that compare life in America with life in other countries is that they don't ask the right questions.

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