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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 03:09 PM

48. Is the headline offered as an argument against universal health coverage?

If the cause of the US life expectancy lag is gun violence then we have been fretting about our health-care system needlessly.

Fortunately for single-payer fans like myself, the headline is so indifferent to honesty as to rise to the level of a lie. It states something as a fact that is false.

Gun violence lands US lowest life expectancy among rich nations

This means that gun violence is the thing that causes the US to have the lowest life expectancy among rich nations, and that if US gun deaths were set at the gun death rate of a typical rich country then our life expectancy would not be the lowest.

Does ANYONE actually believe that? I doubt the people involved in the study do.

­The 378-page survey by a panel of experts from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, listed unintentional injuries, quite often caused by guns, among reasons why people in America die young more often than in other countries.

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