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Infant Mortality Rates

February 14, 2012

Some people, of a certain political persuasion, claim that the US has the best health care system in the world, a health care system so incomparably perfect that the very notion of trying to improve it is not only unpatriotic, but offensive to their sensibilities.

Meanwhile, our infant mortality rate hovers around twice that of some other developed nations. Our babies are dying twice as fast, yet many would try to convince you that our health care system is beyond reproach.

To be fair, I must make a distinction. I believe that it is entirely possible that the quality of care, doctors, hospitals, medical technology and medications available in the United States could very well be among the best in the world. What people need to realize, however, is that our manner of distributing the vast medical resources at our disposal is not only obviously inefficient, but genuinely flawed. If we are to claim that our healthcare system is unparalleled in the world, we must not only ensure that our quality of care is better, but also ensure that the availability of care is better. In the battle against changing our healthcare industry, American infants have become collateral damage, and that is simply unacceptable.

Some people, frequently the same group of people that vehemently defend our obviously inefficient healthcare system, are frequently also, coincidentally, the people that claim that the existence of any legal justification for abortion represent a grievous moral attack upon their religious liberties. They are taking the political stance of being the defenders of unborn children, even as they actively perpetuate the policies ensuring that more children – Children with parents that actually want them – will die. I know this is a callous-sounding distinction, but that doesn’t make it any less true.

Apparently the only time when they consider it acceptable to defend the lives of children is before they are legally children, before they are even born.

Once they’re born, however, I guess they need to just fend for themselves. Apparently the very notion that we should try to keep more of our babies alive after their birth is a gross attack upon their American values.

I mean, hey, the babies who die are probably poor, right? Infant mortality is concentrated among the poor. I mean, it’s obvious: the poor babies are the babies that die because they have no healthcare. What’s more American than watching poor children die in squalor?

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