7/20/2010

Guess Which Countries Have Government-run Health Care

An  Investor's Business Daily article provided some interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization (see citation at bottom):

Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:

U.S.      65%
England 46%
Canada 42%
Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:

U.S.       93%
England 15%
Canada 43%

Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:

U.S.      90%
England 15%
Canada 43%

Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within one month:

U.S.       77%
England  40%
Canada  43%

Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people:

U.S.      71
England 14
Canada 18

Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are in "excellent health":

U.S.     12%
England  2%
Canada  6%


I don't know about you, but I don't think I want "Universal Healthcare" comparable to England or Canada. Moreover, it was Sen. Harry Reid who said, "Elderly Americans must learn to accept the inconveniences of old age."

He is "elderly" himself, but be sure to remember his health insurance is much different from yours as Congress has their own high-end coverage! He will never have to learn to accept inconveniences. The fact of the matter is that "some" participants in both Canada's and Britain's systems get excellent care, but many do not. The overall figures don't lie.

Makeup of the Cabinet

The percentage of each past president's cabinet who had worked in the private business sector prior to their appointment to the cabinet. You know what the "private business sector" is... a real life business, not a government job. Here are the percentages:

T. Roosevelt........ 38%
Taft................      40%
Wilson .............    52%
Harding............  . 49%
Coolidge............  48%
Hoover .............  42%
F. Roosevelt......  50%
Truman.............. 50%
Eisenhower.........57%
Kennedy...........  30%
Johnson............  47%
Nixon...............  53%
Ford............... . 42%
Carter..............  32%
Reagan............  56%
GH Bush.........  51%
Clinton ............ 39%
GW Bush......... 55%

And the winner of the Chicken Dinner is:
Obama..... 8%!

Yep! That's right! Only eight percent -- or possibly as high as 20%, depending on whose work you are studying -- but still the least by far of the last 19 presidents. And these people are trying to tell our big corporations how to run their businesses? They know what's best for GM... Chrysler... Wall Street... the health care complex -- and you and me? This is your progressive Liberal agenda at work.

How can the president of a major nation and society -- the one with the most successful economic system in world history -- stand and talk about business when he's never worked for one? Or about jobs when it appears that up to  92% of his senior staff and closest advisers have spent most of their time in academia, government and/or non-profit jobs.

Incidentally, the moment you publish this information (which is puported to be "fake") you are bound to get responses. I should mention that the information is from a May, 2009 Investors Business Daily article which itself is based on information from Rep Mark Kirk (R-IL), which his office compiled from a variety of valid sources:
http://kirk.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3621&Itemid=88

The Cabinet data was originally presented by Michael Cembalest in an article in Forbes:
http://www.forbes.com/2009/11/24/michael-cembalest-obama-business-beltway-cabinet.html

Cembalest later admitted to some inaccuracies, but the overall thrust of his work is valid.
The information is not "fake", it is actually fairly well-researched. It's just that it has traveled around the Net in what some consider a slanted format that they find particularly difficult to digest.

Incidentally, I often get blog comments to the tune of “you should stick to coding issues”, indicating that my political views are distasteful to the commenter. I started this UnBlog a long time ago, and since the day of it’s inception, the Masthead has stated “Pete’s views on .NET, Politics, and Everything else that’s wrong in the world”. I write about what I think is interesting or important, and above all, I try to get people to THINK. I almost always approve comments that oppose my view, unless they are outright ad-hominem attacks. Do you disagree with what I have to say? I respect your opinion.