Wednesday, January 09, 2008

France Ranks 1st, US Last in Health Care

As a follow up on my last post about the disconnect between the Republican candidates for US President and the realities of health care in the United States, this report from ABC News could not be more timely. Perhaps this video from ABC news will give you the details in a more convenient manner.

From the report:

The 19 countries, in order of best to worst, were: France, Japan, Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Perhaps this also explains why the Republicans have been reluctant to speak out when their party members routinely bash France as a nation that they like to ridicule. Maybe they are feeling a bit insecure when they find out that France is not only providing socialized, universal health care to all of its citizens, but that their standard of care is superior to that of the US. No wait! Every industrialized nation on this list has better health care than we do, so the hatred of the French must be something more basic...perhaps the need to have an enemy at all times that can be used to manipulate the American electorate.

Once again, the Republican Party is showing its lack of connection with the realities of the American public. Have a look at the transcript from the New Hampshire Republican debate on health care if you want to see for yourself.



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