In 1959, the average life expectancy was about 70 years old. Today, depending on where you look, life-expectancy is shown to be 75-77 years. This is a significant yet not a dramatic difference… wouldn’t you agree? After billions of dollars spent, there have not been any major breakthroughs that have dramatically increased American life-expectancy. America could easily go back to 1950’s medical technology and still help Americans achieve a relatively long life-expectancy. Additionally, imagine how much money we could save. The money saved could more than pay for every American to receive medical treatment. With lifestyle changes, this 1950’s medical technology could lead many Americans to live into their 70’s. Isn’t that great… every American receiving affordable, 1950’s-quality healthcare? However, as I have argued before, there is something more to consider than just life-expectancy. There is a quality of life issue. I don’t know about all of you, but not only do I want to live a long life, I want to have a great quality of life also. It is only through the CURRENT American-Style healthcare system which encourages competition and innovation that this balance can be achieved. Who wants to go back to the barbaric medical technology of the 1950’s? The emphasis on cheap, socialized-healthcare for all will lead precisely to that end. It will stifle innovation. One needs look no further than our friends in Cuba.