Thursday, June 29, 2017

Obamacare As Cause of Increasing Death Rates

This article in The Federalist points that death rates rose after Obamacare extended health insurance.  I ran a quick check through CDC Wonder and indeed, after years of declining death rates starting in 2004, death rates from all causes rose starting in 2010.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2015 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released December, 2016. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2015, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed at on Jun 29, 2017 10:09:15 AM

Like gun control. passage of policy A is supposed to reduce social ill B.  If A is correlated with an increase in B, it may not mean that A causes B--but it at least argues that A is not very effective at reducing B, and perhaps we should be looking at finding the stronger cause of B.

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