Kathleen Sebelius, the Obama administration’s secretary of Health and Human Services and hence the administration’s highest-ranking health care official, has this to say about American medicine: “our outcomes look like we’re in a developing country.” In marked contrast, most of her fellow citizens rightly view American medicine as being too expensive (a problem that Obamacare would exacerbate) but otherwise being the envy of the world. America is where affluent people from other countries, such as Canada, come for top-flight and immediate care — and where those countries look to for medical innovation. It’s unlikely that Sebelius herself would go abroad, let alone to a developing country, for serious medical attention.
Even Politico felt the need to rebut Sebelius, writing, “The United States actually ranks well above developing countries on multiple health indicators, coming in right above the European Union on infant mortality and slightly below Portugal on life expectancy, according to the CIA World Factbook.”
Yet such a comment — at least the second completely out-of-touch Sebelius remark in a fortnight — offers a rare glimpse into the kind of peculiar mindset that leads one to champion Obamacare: If our health care is already like that of a developing nation, then why not let the government run it? How much worse could it get? In so many ways, however, Sebelius’s views don’t remotely represent those of the American people — who by a margin of 30 points (54 to 24 percent) think Obamacare would reduce, rather than improve, the quality of American health care.