Friday's HOT MIC

Friday's HOT MIC

I don't want to pick on Steve Kruiser because he's a good guy and because I'm not much for nanny states either, but I have yet to be convinced of the superiority of ANY healthcare system.  There's something wrong with every one of them.  Health is the most coveted product in the world.  The old yiddish bubbes used to say "So long as you're healthy, it's the main thing" (add accent) for a reason. There will never be enough healthcare for all under any system.

Nevertheless... and we have to face this.... if you take longevity as the benchmark (and those of us of... ahem.... a certain age tend to do that) then the top ten nations with the longest lie expectancies as of 2015 all have some version of single payer. The UK system at number 20 is not a particularly good one - and not just because of the horrifying stories like the one Steve K. cited.  I've experienced it personally and it sucks.  I've also personally experienced the French and the Israeli and they were pretty good. (They rank among the top ten in longevity.)

Worth noting is that world number one on longevity, as it has been for some time, is Japan. The average Japanese woman lives to a staggering 86.8.  What all this means I'm not sure - other than the warnings against mercury in your sushi seem way overblown.  Maybe we should all be eating a diet of raw fish, seaweed and green tea (actually I like all of those  - but eat a lot of steak and cheese as well, alas).

And, yes, I agree with Michael on the repeal of Ocare.  But what comes next?  Beats me. Frankly I'm ready to just skip it and move to tax reform.