Monday, May 24, 2010

World Child Mortality Rates

The magazine Lancet just released (May 23) a comprehensive study showing that child mortality rates are coming down world wide. That's great news.

Here's one article about the study, selected from numerous only because it includes a nice graphic (below) of the results: Fewer kids dying than previously thought.

What i find interesting, though, is that even though there are a lot of Americans who will argue until their face is blue that the US has the best health care system in the world, and that it absolutely must not be tampered with, we rank behind Canada, almost all of Europe, Australia, and Japan in our child mortality rates. In fact, the report shows that the US has the worst rate of all the "rich" countries.

I.E., if you're an adult who is rich or lucky enough to work for a company that gives you health care, then we do have the best system. If you are poor, young, and/or unable to pay for health care yourself, then..... "Tough luck for you. Go ahead and die, because we're not changing what works for me just to help you."

That seems to be the new American paradigm: I am more important that you. I am more important than we. My right to be rich is more important than your right to basic health care or anything else. My "constitutional" right to what i want is more important than your "moral" right to anything. Dollars trump compassion. Compassion is for socialists and communists. Your kid can die before i'm willing to give up anything. F&#@! You, if you don't agree with me.

I still, and will continue until the day i die, say that many Americans should walk around with their heads lowered in shame.

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