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Controversy over Life Expectancy

A study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has found that life expectancy has hit a an all time high in the US of 78 years.

With all the swirl surrounding our ‘broken’ Health Care system, officials appear to be guarding their words to as not to praise this too much.

“It is difficult to say for sure why this trend continues,” said report author Robert N. Anderson, chief of the Mortality Statistics Branch, at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. “We are making improvements in medical care and prevention. There are lots of factors that could be in play,” he noted.

Dr. David L. Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine, chimes in:

“I suspect we may be living longer not because of improvements in health, but thanks to the ability of high-tech, high-cost medicine to forestall death despite a growing burden of chronic disease,” he said. “That means we may be adding years to life while reducing the life and vitality in those years, a very dubious bargain.”

Dr. Katz sounds very similar to Obama when he spoke to Jane Sturm.  Why have surgery and prolong life when you can just take a pill?

But, it gets even better.  The media just can’t sit idly by when this positive of news gets out – even if some have already made the attempt to ruin the good news.  To make sure we Americans aren’t too happy about the increase in life expectancy, yet another article was released today titled, “The Truth About Record-Setting Life Expectancy.”

Life expectancy in the United States rose to an all-time high, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today. But that’s only half the story.

The country is behind about 30 others on this measure.  Though the United States has by far the highest level of health care spending per capita in the world, we have one of the lowest life expectancies among developed nations – lower than Italy, Spain and Cuba and just a smidgeon ahead of Chile, Costa Rica and Slovenia, according to the United Nations.

If we are so behind everyone else, how come people come to the US for care?

Have you ever heard of a US citizen going to Canada, the UK – yay, Cuba – to receive Health Care?

Oh, those doggone Cubans.  They’re always just one step ahead of the game.  Why can’t we just be like them? 😉

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