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The United States ranks near the bottom for infant survival rates among modernized nations. A Save the Children report last year placed the United States ahead of only Latvia, and tied with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia

The same report noted the United States had more neonatologists and newborn intensive care beds per person than Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom—but still had a higher rate of infant mortality than any of those nations.

Doctors and analysts blame broad disparities in access to health care among racial and income groups in the United States.

"Broad disparities in access to healthcare" is such vague, bloodless language. We'll never do anything about infant mortality until we start translating this policyspeak into something more inspiring but equally accurate: "In the U.S., a baby's access to healthcare is entrusted to a private insurance market where, to succeed, firms must successfully avoid covering babies who are sick, poor, or born to sick mothers."

This is where the fear of socialized medicine has gotten us.


Uh...poor babiesare are covered by medicaid, not the private insurance market. I thought everybody knew this.

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