As of this writing, the United States has had 22,000 deaths from coronavirus.
Italy, France, Britain, and Spain have had 61,000 deaths. But these four countries have a combined population of only 238 million compared to 323 million in the United States.
If our mortality rate were the same as these European countries, we would have 83,000 corpses on our hands.
This vivid, although gruesome, comparison illustrates the superiority of the American healthcare system, of President Trump's response to the coronavirus, and of the discipline of the American people.
Together they saved 61,000 lives and counting.
It's fashionable these days to lament the state of the American healthcare system and, as Bernie Sanders did, speak of the superiority of the single-payer European model.
But no comparison could possibly be as vividly different as the way in which these two systems handled the COVID 19 pandemic.
At the start, the U.S. closed its borders first to China, then to Europe, and finally to Britain.
Realizing that the pandemic was spread by global migration, President Trump knew that to protect America we had to seal our borders.
By contrast, the ideology of globalism was so strong in Europe that it resisted any action to contain the virus and keep it from European shores.
Instead this virus, which originated in China, was allowed to enter and to savage the continent. Lacking the mechanism or the political will to protect its people, the EU opened its frontiers to death.
But in the United States — despite accusations of isolationism and xenophobia — national frontiers inhibited the virus’ spread.
By cordoning off America, President Trump saved tens of thousands of lives.
Once people became ill with the virus the superiority of the American healthcare system kicked in and produced a death rate far below that which prevailed in Europe.
In Italy, 12.7% of those infected have died. In the UK, it has taken the lives of 11.7%. In Spain, 9.9% and in France 9.6% of those infected have passed away.
But, in the U.S., only 3.4% have died.
The virus is, of course, the same on either side of the Atlantic.
There has been no medical breakthrough in treating or curing it unique to the United States.
Rather, our relative success is due to the skill, dedication, and efficiency of the American healthcare system over the single-payer systems that predominate in Europe.
It remains to be seen whether a third factor was involved: the discipline of our people.
It's unclear whether lockdown and social distancing measures we're more successful in achieving mitigation in the U.S., because the the willingness of our people to obey quarantine guidelines.
Has the United States, been better able to enforce mitigation guidelines than Italy, Spain, France, or the U.K.?
As we go forward to reverse quarantines and reopen our countries, we must not lose sight of the enormous lessons the coronavirus teaches. With all of its defects, the American healthcare system — and our doctors and nurses — deserves plaudits for the way it responded and coped with this international emergency.
Lets not be so quick to replace it with European models that have failed so spectacularly.
DickMorris is the author of the best-selling book "Armageddon: How Trump Can Beat Hillary," written with Eileen McGann and published by Humanix Books, available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. to read more of Dick Morris's Reports — Click Here Now!
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