A Comparison

I’ll just steal this from Mark Kleiman:

According to the FBI, in 2006 there were 17,000 murders and non-negligent manslaughters in the United States. According to the Institute of Medicine, “Lack of health insurance causes roughly 18,000 unnecessary deaths every year.”

We shouldn’t, in my view, be complacent about either of those statistics. Not only do most other rich nations not face our kind of levels of lack of health insurance, they don’t have our levels of violent crime either.

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