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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Jerry Jackson: Good news and statistics

  • How about some good news amongst the plethora of rotten developments from our current federal administration
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  • How about some good news amongst the plethora of rotten developments from our current federal administration. This would be The Supreme Court upholding the abortion limits in Texas. The Supremes voted to leave in effect a provision requiring doctors who perform abortions in clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
     
    This should help immensely to prohibit those doctors who practice not as regular physicians but are basically glorified baby killers. Unfortunately it does not eliminate abortions in Texas, but it does make it more difficult and should help in eliminating quick and easy abortions.
     
    Planned Parenthood and several Texas abortion clinics brought these proceedings to the Court and complained that this would force a third or more of Texas clinics to stop providing abortions. You remember Planned Parenthood. They were involved with over one million abortions in the last three years and this heinous practice accounted for a great deal of their total revenue.
     
    Some of our liberal friends may become indignant and ask - so why is this abortion limitation to women good news? The answer - where else could you find legislation or judicial findings that would save the lives of thousands of innocent unborn children?
     
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    Those proponents of Obamacare including those who are promoting single-payer health systems tell us over and over again how the United States is so behind the rest of the industrialized nations, and that we spend much more of our resources on healthcare than other countries.
     
    This is an obvious attempt to make us ashamed of spending this money and not let the government completely control one-sixth of our economy. The answer to this type of shallow thinking can be associated with the trite old phrase "quite often you get what you pay for.''
     
    A recent Investors Business Daily article provides these statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization. Keep in mind England and Canada are two of our closest allies and both of these countries have had nationalized health systems for many decades.
     
    Percentage of patients with diabetes who received treatment within six months:
    U.S. 93%
    England 1 5%
    Canada 43%
    Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:
    Page 2 of 2 - U.S. 90%
    England 1 5%
    Canada 43%
     
    Percentage of men and women who survived cancer five years after diagnosis:
    U.S 65%
    England 46%
    Canada 42%
    Number of MR1 scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million of people:
    U.S. 71
    England 14
    Canada 18
    Percentage of seniors (65+) with low income who say they are in excellent health
    U.S. 12%
    England 2%
    Canada 6%
     
    The study lists other similar statistics but this should be enough to make the point. Our present often criticized system serves the populace well in comparison.
     
    If you're reading this column and are at or approaching senior level in age, be especially concerned. The forced shortages and the bureaucratic experts who will be allocating resources will be especially tough on seniors. As Obama once said, "If a woman is 89 years old and needs an expensive procedure, it may be more prudent to give her a pain pill and send her home."
     
    This same Investors Business Daily provides us with other information that explains why this administration completely screwed up the implementation of Obamacare and any other program that needs common business sense.
     
    Percent of each president's cabinet who had worked in the private business sector prior to their cabinet appointment:
    Reagan            56%
    G.H.Bush 51%
    Clinton 39%
    G.W.Bush 55%
    Obama               8%
     
    If only 8 percent had any business experience, where did these other 92 percent gain their qualifications? - The answer - academia, government and non-profits. If this doesn't make you squirm, you must be bullet proof.
     
    Could there possibly be a correlation comparing these percentages with the complete incompetence of the Obama administration? Something to ponder over this Thanksgiving holiday.
     
    (Jerry Jackson of Heber Springs writes his “conservative viewpoint” column each week)
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