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October 15, 2013

The statistics are right in front of us

If you enjoy statistics, then you’re bound to like the following information from “Investor’s Business Daily.” The statistics came from a survey conducted by the United Nations International Health Organization. The first is the percentage of men and women who survived cancer five years after diagnosis: US = 65%, England = 46%, Canada = 42%. The percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months: US = 93%, England = 15%, Canada = 43%. The percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months: US = 90%, England = 15%, Canada = 43%. The percentage of people referred to a medical specialist who sees a referral within one month: US = 77%, England = 40%, Canada = 43%. The number of MRI scanners per million people: US = 71, England = 14, Canada = 18. The percentage of low income people 65 or older who say they’re in good health: US = 12%, England = 2%, Canada = 6%. Countries that have national health insurance: US = no, England = yes, Canada = yes.

Of course, some of us are about to get national health insurance, except for those groups and organizations that have been given a waiver from the requirement that everyone has to participate in Obamacare, which is officially known as The Affordable Care Act. The foregoing statistics, however, suggest that nationalized health care really doesn’t improve the delivery of healthcare services – it makes it worse!

Here’s another set of statistics that you might find interesting. It’s the percentage of each past president’s cabinet, going back to Teddy Roosevelt’s administration, who worked in the private sector before being appointed to the cabinet. The “private sector,” by the way, means a real-life job, not a government job.

Here are the percentages: T. Roosevelt = 38%, Taft = 40%, Wilson = 52%, Harding = 49%, Coolidge = 48%, Hoover = 42%, F. Roosevelt – 50%, Truman = 50%, Eisenhower = 57%, Kennedy = 30%, Johnson = 47%, Nixon = 53%, Ford = 42%, Carter = 32%, Reagan = 56%, GHW Bush = 51%, Clinton = 39%, GW Bush = 55%, Obama = 8%.

Of the last nineteen Presidents of the United States, the Obama cabinet has, by far, the fewest members in it who have ever worked in private business. That means 92% of his senior advisors have spent most of their adult lives working in academia, government, or not-for-profit organizations. One is compelled to ask how the president of one of the most successful nations in the history of the world can speak with any authority about businesses or jobs when he has never held a real job, except as a “community organizer” or as a Constitutional Law professor? What makes it worse is, unlike his predecessors, some of whom came from great wealth and didn’t need to work, he has surrounded himself with people with the same types of backgrounds.

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