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Mortality Rates Suggest Obamacare Could Be Killing People

THEFEDERALIST.COM – Could Obamacare be behind the strange, unexplained increase in American mortality rates? Its hard to know for sure, but some evidence suggests it. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, a.k.a. Obamacare) has been an utter mess. From passage in 2010 with procedural gimmicks to implementation in 2013 with unworkable software, from the loss of doctors and health plans millions wanted to keep to escalating premiums and insurers &#..Read more»

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Barry  <div class="ournews_points"><span>1753</span></div>

Very provocative. I’m an ACA proponent, but this article can’t be easily dismissed. There are other possible explanations (e.g. another underlying co-incident issue, perhaps even poor health care delivery). Worth further investigation for sure.

Heather  <div class="ournews_points"><span>347</span></div>

Just knowing how to compute a mean and a standard deviation does not make you a statistician — or a health data analyst. Maybe we might want to control for a few obvious variables, such as age/sex/race distributions? Maybe we want to look at a few other measures of health?

And maybe we should update that examination of the 2008 NHANES, as well. The survey comes out regularly.

Heather  <div class="ournews_points"><span>347</span></div>

But you can’t compare two different populations based on the total number who died — the mean age of the population may have changed, for example, or the percent female, or the ethnic distribution. All these things affect death rates. And of course — correlation does not mean causation . . .