I want to discuss Michelle Obama’s recent statements in support of the president’s attempts to change the health care system in the United Sates. You do not have to worry; I am not going to go into the proposed changes and all the controversy that is whirling around the various proposals, that is a separate conversation. What I do want comment on is Michelle Obama’s recent statement that women are “crushed” under our health care system.
My personal perception is very different. I say that men are “crushed” under our health care system. One reason Malecare was founded was to combat the simple fact that in the United States men die younger than women do. Certainly, it is true that men do get involved in riskier behaviors than women (I do acknowledge that we can only blame men for that fact) and men do not always take advantage of the health care that is available to them (the “don’t worry honey, I am fine” syndrome). However, it does not come close to explaining away the significant mortality gap that currently exists between men and women.
“Up until very recently in human terms, life expectancy for men was greater than for women,”