She makes some excellent points about non-quantifiable changes in our standard of living. I can name at least three family members who would be alive today had the level of medical care been available when they were diagnosed (or misdiagnosed as the case may be).
How many of you can grew up in a house without air conditioning? Or can remember when even retail shops didn't have it? FM radios in cars were an option. Color television was also an upgrade from the norm. Cable TV was an unheard of extravagance. Even if you did have cable it meant you had a whopping 30 channels half of which were standard over the air channels and a remaining third were useless. Basically, you were paying for HBO and later, MTV.
Always look beyond the headlines. The real story is usually there.