As it is, sadly, currently the case today in public debate on a wide variety of issues, it is a matter of “political philosophy trumping the facts.” Even though all the relevant facts show that a governmental one-payer health care system would be cheaper and certainly obtain better health outcomes, these facts are not allowed in public discourse because they are considered to be socialist ideas.
This rejection of scientific facts on the basis of maintaining political ideological purity is of small comfort to the millions of our U.S. citizens and the 30 percent of Oklahomans currently without health care coverage who are dying sooner and living less healthy lives than other developed nation counterparts.
Jesse Fuchs, Ph.D. is a demographer living in East Norman. You may direct your comments to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· “Health at a Glance 2013” annual report is available at oecd.org/els/health-systems/Health-at-a-Glance-2013.pdf.
· Healthy life expectancy of the U.S. and other countries may be viewed at worldlifeexpectancy.com/healthy-life-expectancy-by-gender.
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