Harry and Louise are killing our children

A new report by Save the Children shows the U.S. Newborn Survival Rate Ranks Low amoung industrial nations.

America may be the world’s superpower, but its survival rate for newborn babies ranks near the bottom among modern nations, better only than Latvia.

Among 33 industrialized nations, the United States is tied with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia with a death rate of nearly 5 per 1,000 babies, according to a new report. Latvia’s rate is 6 per 1,000.

Even more disturbing than the fact that the U.S. can’t edge out Malta (no offense, I am sure Malta has produced many things to be admired, like the Maltese for example – definitely a cute dog) is this alarming little fact,

The U.S. ranking is driven partly by racial and income health care disparities. Among U.S. blacks, there are 9 deaths per 1,000 live births, closer to rates in developing nations than to those in the industrialized world.

“Every time I see these kinds of statistics, I’m always amazed to see where the United States is because we are a country that prides itself on having such advanced medical care and developing new technology … and new approaches to treating illness. But at the same time not everybody has access to those new technologies,” said Dr. Mark Schuster, a Rand Co. researcher and pediatrician with the University of California, Los Angeles.

Let us not forget that we are THE ONLY industrial nation that does not provide healthcare to ALL of it’s citizens as a human right. One can only hope that eye opening statistics like this will force American voters to elect representatives that will help move this country forward on health care rather than backward. Just remember who brought you Harry and Louise?

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