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Thursday, July 05, 2007


"Even" Cuba?

The San Jose Mercury News' lead editorial today is headlined "Superficial 'Sicko' should spark debate, and search for solutions." Here are two sentences that got my goat (whatever that means):
Moore's superficial look at the health care systems in Canada, England, France and, yes, even Cuba, is so simplistic and often misleading that it is unlikely to convince anyone but the already converted that a single-payer approach is the ultimate solution.

We get Moore implying that the French, English, Canadians and even Cubans are universally in love with their systems and that they don't have their own set of problems.
First of all, I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm sure no one in the world believes that the citizens of any country are "universally in love" with any part of their systems, health care or otherwise, so it seems unlikely that Moore implies any such thing. But without even looking, I feel confident that I (or the San Jose Mercury News editorial staff) could find polls which would indicate that the vast majority of the populations of France, England, Canada, and Cuba are quite satisfied with their health care system, which is a far cry from the opinion of the vast majority of Americans.

But "even Cuba"? Even enemies of Cuba routinely say things like, "Sure, they have excellent health care and education, but..." The facts which back that up are so well known, and have been repeated here (and elsewhere) so frequently, I won't even mention them.

"Simplistic and often misleading"? Sounds like a description of San Jose Mercury News editorials to me.

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