In how many categories is the U.S. #1? Several including military prowess and the amount of tax dollars devoted to national defense. We’re #1 in gun ownership and deaths by guns. We’re #1 in Bible possession, number of cars per household and private debt owed. We are also #1 money spent on health care.
We are #26 in longevity of life! Wow! Imagine that, will ya? The Washington Post lead with this headline: The U.S. ranks 26th for life expectancy, right behind Slovenia. Who?
This 213-page, graph-laden OECD report tells the story of why. It shows the United States as a country that is spending tons and tons on health care–but getting way less than other countries out of that investment. It exposes a country that’s really great at buying fancy medical technologies, but not so fantastic at using those medical technologies to extend life. It is, in short, the story of why our health care system is so screwed up.
Screwed up? Oh, is THIS the reason that the Republican Party is doing its utmost to kill the Affordable Care Act? Must be because they are dogged in their determination to repeal the act.
We spend more than any other country in the world on health care. More money = #26. And the Republican Party wants to keep us at that ranking, just below Slovenia.
So, the next time you hear some idiot dissing ‘Obamacare,’ remind them that we Americans we’re #1 in spending on money on health care and #26 in longevity.