From the comments: who lives longer?

Adam reports:

At birth, someone living in the Netherlands can expect to live 2.35
years longer than someone born in the US, but at age 65, the difference
is reversed, and someone living in the US can expect to live 0.4 years
longer than someone living in the Netherlands. This difference can be
explained by assuming that semi-socialized health care is better for
young and worse for old people, or, at least as likely, different
policies are not the main cause of the difference

Sources: CDC national vital statistics 2004, and RIVM 2007
levensverwachting, (in

One interesting feature of this data is that it can be used to argue for a number of different points of view.


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