Saturday, October 25th, 2014

'Best health care delivery system in the world'? John Boehner thinks so

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation" and said that the U.S. has the best health care system in the world. Is there hard data to back that up?
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation" and said that the U.S. has the best health care system in the world. Is there hard data to back that up?

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says the health care law signed by President Barack Obama -- and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court -- imperiled the nation’s health care system.

"Gov. Romney understands that Obamacare will bankrupt our country and ruin the best health care delivery system in the world," Boehner said, during the July 1, 2012, edition of CBS’ Face the Nation.

Boehner wasn’t the only one making that claim on the Sunday talk-show circuit. On Fox News Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., added that the U.S. has "the finest health care system in the world."

A reader asked us to check whether there is any statistical evidence showing that the U.S. has "the best health care delivery system in the world." So we took a look.

Read our review of the evidence to see why we rated Boehner's statement Half True.