I wish Latvia were ahead of us.
This can't be correct. We're #1 in everything. EVERYTHING.
Wasn't Latvia the made-up Marvel comics kingdom ruled with an iron fist by Dr. Doom?
I read the article, but I still don't really understand why the U.S. is so much worse off than other industrial nations.
Greg, I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that we are the ONLY industrialized nation with NO national health coverage.
Thank Jebus, Bush just vetoed SCHIP. You know, to keep us from anything that even resembles a communist health plan. Bad, bad, bad.
GOOD!! Finally, if out infants die then our commute will FINALLY start to get better in a few years!!
less people = good
This is just what the terrorists wanted, we are going to have to spend more money on weapons. If we don't get more munitions and starting tapping the phones, this is just going to get worse. They hate our freedoms.
We need to solve this problem as soon as possible, before I start collecting social security, and we should continue to have lots of infants/workers until I die and no longer need my social security. After that date, you may continue to off the kiddies.
I hate babies.
if so many murkins weren't dumb as rocks their babies wouldn't die - christian scientists, high school dropouts, teenage moms, dirtball dads, tweakers, & crackheads are pumping the kids out while the college educated elite are waiting till they're 40 to have 1.
this is an education issue as much as access to health care.
Wonder how the anti-abortionists will react to this news? Seems their energy goes towards the wrong things ... how about SAVE THE LIVING?!
It's actually misleading. The US has a higher infant mortality than much of the Western world mainly because severely premature babies are not counted as infants in most developed countries other than the US ( doctors here save a good many of them, but when they can't save a 24 week preemie, it's counted as an infant death). Additionally, other disorders that cause many babies to die in utero in other nations are treated in the US successfully, but the failures here drive up the mortality rate.
Latvia sucks much worse than the US, Don't be fooled.
Why let a little thing like selectively interpreted/reported statistics ruin a good round of hysterical handwringing?
@ 13 Source please!
Here's the actual CDC report in question - still reading to see if what @13 says is true:
I agree with maxsolomon, but I'll add that other First World countries have significantly better public education and public services. Those tweakers and crackheads have better access to treatment programs and welfare. I'll also bet that child services are better funded -- the better to take babies away from incorrigible drug addicts.
And some of these posters should have died as small children for what they contribute.
Education problems are directly linked to no national universal health care.
The rest of the world speaks scorn of the mighty America when these stats are made public. "Why do you settle for so little", they rightfully ask.
A lot has to do with how pregnancy and childbirth are treated in this country too. The lack of insurance coverage for midwifery, no emphasis on or support for proper nutrition in pregnancy, and horrifying rates of medical intervention in birth are all dangerous to mothers and infants.
Can you expound on this sentence? "Education problems are directly linked to no national universal health care."
How do you figure?
Infant death rate in MN is 4.8, in Mississippi is 9.6.
Fuck the Red States!
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