East German socialism caused lower life expectancy than West German capitalism

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When the Berlin Wall came down, socialist East Germany was more polluted, poorer and sicker than West Germany.

According to David Legates’ “The Experiment: Capitalism versus Socialism,”

“State-guaranteed health care in the East did not translate into a healthier society. In 1990, life expectancy in the West was about 3½ years longer than in the East for men, and more than 2½ years longer for women.”

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