Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Best health care in the world

This has been a Republican talking point since Democrats started trying to extend health care to all Americans. America has the best health care in the world; don't mess with the system. As Betsy Russell reported:
Otter said, “On balance it’s a takeover by the federal government of a health care system that I think has offered the best health care in the world.”
Jim Risch also parroted this talking point. But, as they say, you may be entitled to your own opinion, but you're not entitled to your own facts.

The Statesman had a front page box today saying "Women giving birth in the United States die at more than four times the rate of those in Italy and double that of Britain." (No link available) And in the US, "the maternal mortality ratio increased 42 percent between 1990 and 2008."

1 comment:

fortboise said...

Somehow if you repeat nonsense often enough, it takes on the same substance as fact in people's minds, however.

Willful ignorance is bad enough by itself. Put in service of partisanship for no other purpose, it's pernicious.