Thursday, October 22, 2009

Coulter 10/22/09

Left's Healthcare Lies - Part 7

My take on Ann Coulter's latest. Her column was published on

Summary: This installment covers life expectancy.

(18) America's lower life expectancy compared to countries with socialist health care proves that their medical systems are superior.

Like the infant-mortality ranking installment, here she cites different life-style choices and different reporting standards as the cause of the difference instead of the differences in access to medical care. In addition:


These Democrats are all over the map on where precisely Americans place in the life-expectancy rankings. We're 24th, according to Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Barbara Boxer; 42nd, according to Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell; 35th, according to Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson; and 47th, according to Rep. Dennis Kucinich. So the U.S. may have less of a "life expectancy" problem than a "Democratic math competency" problem.

My Views:

This concludes the series as far as I'm concerned. I gather she wants to continue it for commercial reasons, but she's starting to repeat herself. I like the fact-based information contained in this series.

Among the life-style choices she cites is obesity. This does seem to be a problem in our American culture. One continually reads of the problems with rationing in other countries and one wonders if the doctors will be better under a government program.

Overall, I think that we need to attend to the doctor shortage in our country. We need more medical schools and less law schools. Lawyers have too great a role in our medical system and doctors too little.

The Democrats do have some good ideas. Mandating Health Insurance is one. Uninsured people still get health care; the government gets stuck with the bill. That gives government the right to demand some kind of payment. Everyone ought to get the same benefit from their tax dollars: the insured and the uninsured, alike.

Finally, the portability problem ought to be addressed. That means that we keep our insurance policies when we leave our jobs and when we move to another state.

Part 6Series Summary

Anybody who is as hated as Ann Coulter is must be doing something right. She is very right-wing but every left-wing blogger would love to write like her. I hate rants; opinion pieces must argue from the facts. Pay attention to how she uses facts and draws politically incorrect connections among them. People would do well to think and not just be outraged.

Here's her Wiki bio. Her latest book is at the right.