42nd, You Say?

Yesterday, John Aravosis on Americablog bemoaned the situation of the United States as 42nd in life expectancy rates.  I say 42 isn’t all that bad!!  As long as you have your towel. 

I will not remark on our 42nd president. 

*snarkity snark snark*

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7 thoughts on “42nd, You Say?

  1. I really don’t get this argument.

    Besides accidents, the majority of what kills Americans is preventable with three things: eat less overall, eat less junk, and exercise more.

    The mindset of the American left who touts these sort of statistics is summed up neatly by the fact that we are lectured about how awful the United States healthcare system is by a morbidly-obese man.

  2. Good point NDT.

    Checking into the stats, America might be 42nd in life expectancy, but it is number one in obesity, with about 30% of the population considered obese (It has nearly doubled over the past 20 years ago).

    Compare that to Japan, the highest ranking (major) nation on the life expectancy list. It has socialized medicine but also has less than 5% of its population in the fat ass category (Sumo wrestlers, I guess). The UK (again with socialized medicine), whose fat population more closely resembles the US (20%), beats us by a fraction of a year in their life expectancy.

  3. I have to agree with NDT on this one. The idea that we can solve this problem by adopting socialized medicine, which is inevitably where the left will go with this, simply isn’t borne out by reality. If Americans are dying of preventable causes because they refuse to prevent them, socialized medicine isn’t going to change that. In actuality, a free market approach to health care would discourage Americans from engaging in unhealthy excess.

  4. Well, the article itself says it’s not as simple as not having universal health insurance. There are a great many factors why we have a lowered life expectancy in the U.S., everything from obesity to an unusually high infant mortality rate. With that said, though, thinking that lack of access to adequate health care doesn’t contribute to the problem is smug denial.

    Mind you, with a Vogon constructor fleet on the way, it’s not like it really matters.

  5. The reason the United States has a high infant mortality rate is because our hospitals do everything they can for even the most premature of infant births, which leads to high infant deaths. In other countries such cases are simply listed as “still births” or “miscarriages”. It tends to skew the statistics.

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