In an attempt to get ahead of next decade's spin today, we pick up on this nugget from John Tierney,who was describing the research evaluating why the US life expectancy figures lag those of our industrialized counterparts:
This longevity gap, Dr. Preston says, is primarily due to the relatively high rates of sickness and death among middle-aged Americans, chiefly from heart disease and cancer. Many of those deaths have been attributed to the health care system, an especially convenient target for those who favor a European alternative.
Thank you for not smoking! The long term implication is interesting:
How about that? So over the next decade or two the US health figures ought to rise relative to Europe almost regardless of what ObamaCare does or does not deliver. But the Smoker in Chief will take credit for it!