The difficulty of thinking through statistics is nowhere better demonstrated than the oft-quoted canard about flying being safer than driving. As was demonstrated long ago, while flying is statistically safer than driving when measured in miles traveled, it is not safer when measured in time spent on the activity. That is, when I fly across country I cover thousands of miles; driving that same distance, my chances of having an accident are greater. But I spend a paltry few hours in the air, where the drive might take me days. Add to that the statistic that most car crashes are minor, while plane crashes … well, you get the idea. Add it up and an airplane is a safer way to cover distance, but a far more dangerous way to spend a few hours.
As for the profits made by drug companies, this is vintage Nation stuff. Are we supposed to ignore our health until economic and legal justice become reality? How about focusing on realistic solutions? How about a tax on actual healthcare expenses to pay for those who can’t afford them? That might also undermine the profit motive for those who charge such outrageous fees. Speaking of those, I hate to say it, but my favorite opinion journal was utterly scooped by the cover story in Time about the fictitious nature of those fees. Opinions are easy… where are your facts?
Salt Lake City
May 17 2013 - 10:26am