The Big Think

December 29, 2012

Pesky Facts

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 5:40 pm

Seen onilne: “A Briton is 5 times more likely to die from government health care than an American is to die from a gunshot.”

But at least it’s their leaders doing it to them, not those pesky amateurs with their dangerous bang sticks.


*UPDATE* A friend of mine writes: “I’m coming down on the side of no merit to the comparison. There would only be hypocrisy present if there were some kind of causal link, which there is not. To the extent that preventable deaths are our metric (you chose the weapon) England wins on both health care and gun control, and to the extent that liberals want to move in a more “English” direction on both fronts we’re being self consistent both philosophically and on the evidence. (Separate discussion here, but I would disagree that socialized medicine is some kind of end game to Obamacare. Obamacare is if anything a definitive move away from socialized medicine, more the pity.)”

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