Is the US Healthcare System Responsible for Low Longevity Ranking?

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    There still seems to be much confusion about this question, based upon the threads created recently in this forum. Here is a study, which I have provided several times in this forum which answers the question "no". Here is a quote:
    http://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1012&context=psc_working_papers
    I would ask that any of you who believe the healthcare system in the US is responsible for our low ranking, please provide your evidence. Keep in mind that this research paper has a 7 1/2 page list of credible references to back up the information presented.
     
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    Why bother? They're just a couple of cherry-pickers. Anyone can make a case for anything if he uses only friendly data.
     
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    In other words, you cannot provide any evidence to dispute it. Since you are making the claim of "cherry-picking", please prove it.
     
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    Bad diets, inactivity, and a stressed-out lifestyle are what are responsible for our low ranking.
     
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    Pro-active preventive medicine not only reduces the mortality rate in the young, but the lack of debilitating disease in the young, allows them to live to healthier, long old ages.

    However, most low paying entry level jobs do not have health insurance, so the children of the people in those jobs do not see doctors until later in life when their parents work up to better jobs. But the damage has already been done.

    Our ineffectual, far too expensive health care sytem is reflecting not only in our longevity data, but also in infant mortality, and early childhood deaths.
     
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    Nope. We did it to ourselves.
     
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    Fixed.
     
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    Are you suggesting that stress is not a factor in an unhealthy lifestyle?
     
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    Damned right we did. Every other sane nation has a form of universal health care.
    We do not. We have done it to ourselves. The ignorant and very wealthy have kept health care off the table every since Theodore Roosevelt.
     
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    Let's see. Our very wealthy people have all but destroyed the capitalistic system in this nation with their greed. They have created a situation where all too many people are losing their jobs, and their health care with the jobs. Then on spell of sickness, and they have lost their homes.

    So we have the new class of homeless people, the formerly middle class, nuclear family.

    Now how much do you thing that the role of a for profit health care system is playing in the stress on the American Citizen?
     

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