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17 July 2008

The Shocking, Sickening, Sad and Sorry State of So Many American Citizens ...

Just a few short days ago we said elsewhere (on an American forum), that most Americans were either completely unaware, or in a state of total denial, of the fact that they're around 30/40 years behind as far as the 'civilisation stakes' is concerned.

Today we read this.

US slips down development index

Americans live shorter lives than citizens of almost every other developed nation, according to a report from several US charities.

The report found that the US ranked 42nd in the world for life expectancy despite spending more on health care per person than any other country.
Read the rest of this (alarmingly), revealing report.

And still, there are soooo many self deluded dudes (and dames), determined to dispute this sort of (self evident), stuff.

So, we strongly suggest that all such stupid sobs should simply sod off from this place, and take any/all their arguments to their very own
'American Human Development Project'.


(Cross posted at 'appletree')

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Anonymous R J Adams said...

When I lived in Britain I was most unhappy with the conditions endured by many at the bottom end of the class structure. It wasn't until I moved to America and saw real poverty that I realized how fortunate most Brits were.
There is a different mindset in the US. No-one blames poverty on the government. Belief is still that the 'American Dream' can be secured by anyone and if you fail to achieve it, that's your failure and no-one else's.
Of course, there's no such thing as an American Dream, and never has been. Success in this country is largely achieved by climbing over the backs of those less able or just less ruthless, leaving them behind in the gutter.
Snake oil salesmen still abound in America, with little or no regulation to prevent them screwing those worse off than themselves. The 'American Dream' is the biggest load of snake oil ever to be sold off to Americans.
This nation's greatest shame lies with its healthcare system, one that ignores vast numbers of its citizens. Healthcare is a money game. A recent 3-day stay in hospital for an artery-stent procedure would have cost me nearly $60,000, if I'd had no insurance cover. No, I haven't added too many noughts. There can be no justification for so high a figure. Is it any wonder Americans and their kids are dying from lack of healthcare?

6:32 pm  
Anonymous bootlean said...

Jesus Christ!! That's about £30,00 isn't it ? Is there anywhere else in the western world where that could have happened? I'm pretty sure not, and almost definitely sure it couldn't happen anywhere in Europe.

Last year my brother had the same procedure. It was done under the NHS. The system he'd paid into direct from his working life pay packets, delivered what it was intended to - no charge medical care "at the point of need."

One other thing - I constantly hear some dumb Americans actually boasting about their system. Even though a considerable number of them are certain to die as a direct result of the profiteering system they not only defend - but bloody well 'brag' about.

Some people really are beyond any kind of help - physical and mental.

7:39 pm  

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