[ExI] Single Payer Healthcare

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Wed Mar 29 04:10:09 UTC 2017

On Wed., 29 Mar. 2017 at 1:31 pm, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:

> https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-03-27/america-is-getting-richer
> -and-sicker
> <https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-03-27/america-is-getting-richer-and-sicker>
> "Suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related liver diseases have been the
> biggest drivers of the mortality increase, and these problems have been
> concentrated among those without college degrees."   -Henry
> Ja I wondered about that.  If we say we are going backward it sounds like
> life expectancies are going down in the US.  That isn't right, life
> expectancies are still rising.  But if we argue they are rising faster
> elsewhere, I must ask how we account for young men shooting each other.
> Why
> should that count in life expectancy?  And suicide, how do we account for
> young people who listen to the horrifying garbage played over the radio?
> Compare that to the fun (if vapid) rock and roll of our misspent youth, and
> is there any wonder they slay themselves?
> Dopers and drunks perish a lot, but I just don't see that as a failing of
> the healthcare system.  We sit on our butts way too much, because most jobs
> are that now.  That is not exactly a shortcoming of our medical system.  An
> average earner can buy a stock motorcycle which can go 190 mph for two
> months wages. The new artificial heroin isn't the medics' fault.
> A better comparison of the systems would be to take a group of 70 yr olds
> here vs elsewhere, compare how much is spent vs how many years are lived.
> I
> wouldn't be surprised if it comes out about the same.

You seem to be suggesting that mental illness is not a health problem,
whereas it's a well known fact that thoughts and feelings are due to the
brain and the brain is part of the body, the same as the heart or the liver
Stathis Papaioannou
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