Life expectancy is based on when EVERYONE dies. If you ration care to the sick and elderly, they will die sooner, and each sooner death drags the average just a little bit lower, i.e. life expectancy decreases, so rationing will DECREASE life expectancy, not increase it. And US life expectancy among developred con\untries is down in the cellar. You're flat wrong, georgeob.
Here's the abstract to an analysis of world healthcare costs by the Commonwealth Fund, just one example of what every analysis shows:
U.S. Health Care from a Global Perspective
Spending, Use of Services, Prices, and Health in 13 Countries
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High U.S. health care spending due to greater use of medical technology, health care prices
U.S. spends more on health care than other high-income countries but has worse outcomes
This analysis draws upon data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and other cross-national analyses to compare health care spending, supply, utilization, prices, and health outcomes across 13 high-income countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These data predate the major insurance provisions of the Affordable Care Act. In 2013, the U.S. spent far more on health care than these other countries. Higher spending appeared to be largely driven by greater use of medical technology and higher health care prices, rather than more frequent doctor visits or hospital admissions. In contrast, U.S. spending on social services made up a relatively small share of the economy relative to other countries. Despite spending more on health care, Americans had poor health outcomes, including shorter life expectancy and greater prevalence of chronic conditions.
"Maybe We Could Have Bought Him a Good Pair of Shoes": Why Peer Nations Spend Less on Health Care but Stay Healthier
We pay much more, and we get much less. Sorry, george, thaose are the facts.