Ovid (publius_ovidius) wrote,

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  1. Cuba's food supply is mostly organic
  2. Cuba has one of the highest life expectancies in the world (not far behind the US)
  3. Cuba has universal health care at a fraction of the US cost (even as a percentage of GNP)
  4. Cuba has a lower infant mortality rate than the US.

I don't think these facts are all unrelated, but I've found when I mention them, people say stuff like "yeah, but they live in a brutal dictatorship! Think of the price they have to pay."

Sure, they live in a dictatorship and I would love to see them get out from under it, but that has nothing to do with the fact that their people are ridiculously healthy and they've done so at a fraction of the cost per person (even in GDP comparisons -- look it up!) than the US. But somehow the diehard (and dieoften) free market supporters like to pretend that this isn't possible for the US. They're so Darwinian in their approach to everything that they refuse to admit when it's possible for us to collectively help others.

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