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Escape from Victimhood

Posted by parrotpatriot on August 26, 2009

I love how Thomas Sowell makes everything real simple-like.  In his recent article called “The Great Escape”, he describes how we live in a world where some people just won’t take responsibility for themselves.  Also, our politicians have set us up to see people as groups of victims:

While it is true that black mothers get less prenatal care than white mothers and have higher infant mortality rates, it is also true that women of Mexican ancestry also get less prenatal care than white women and yet have lower infant mortality rates than white women. But, once people with the prevailing social vision see the first set of facts, they seldom look for any other facts that might go against the explanation that fits their vision of the world.

No small part of the current confusion between “health care” and medical care comes from failing to recognize that Americans can have the best medical care in the world without having the best health or longevity because so many people choose to live in ways that shorten their lives.

This reminds me of the point I was trying to make a few posts back about how we spend more on healthcare. I’m sure we spend more on everything in this country that any other country. We’re rich. We are among the wealthiest people in the entire world.

Just because we spend more and don’t live any longer than the rest of the world doesn’t mean that our healthcare is too expensive. We pay for what we get and it’s a fair trade except for the increase in prices due to government programs like Medicare, illegal aliens and state mandates.

And come on, you have to admit, we are really a fat group of people. We eat like we’re rich. Can’t be good for your health. I’m thinking we spend more and are doing good to live as long as we do for as unhealthy as we are. If you compared apples to apples and the Japanese were eating like we do, I’m sure you’d see more clearly demonstrated the quality of our healthcare over that of other nations.

But in other countries, the decision about who gets healthcare is in the hands the government. I hope if you decide you want to live in a place like that, that you agree with everything the government says. I’d hate for you to become a political enemy and depend on them for your healthcare. Hum…maybe being able to change insurance companies when I am not being served isn’t such a bad idea after all.


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