The Obama Administration claims that Americans needs socialist health care so their health needs will be met. The current free enterprise system is viewed as inadequate.

But what really happens under government-run health care systems in other nations?

A report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), shows that mortality rates are actually higher in countries with socialist health care plans than in the U.S.

A breakdown in Human Events notes:

  • Heart attacks: the rate of in-hospital mortality following acute myocardial infarction: 26 percent higher
  • Strokes: 45 percent higher for women; 54 percent higher for men
  • Cancer: 5 percent higher for women; 11 percent higher for men
  • For the most common cancers, average OECD mortality rates are also higher than in the U.S.:
  • Prostate cancer: 28 percent higher
  • Colorectal cancer: 32 percent higher
  • Cervical cancer: 52 percent higher

For breast cancer, the 5-year survival rate in the U.S. is 7 percent higher than the OECD average. But perhaps the most perfect comparison is between the U.S. and Canada. In both countries, smoking rates fell from 42 percent in 1965 to 16 percent in 2009, but Canada has a European-style single-payer health system. The result: the mortality rate for men with lung cancer is 5 percent higher in Canada than in the U.S.

It looks like Obamacare will bring Americans the same quality of care experienced by those in countries with socialist health care plans. We can plan on dying earlier, suffering more, and paying higher prices for reduced and/or rationed care.

Read the rest of the story at Human Events.


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