Monday, August 13, 2007

Number 42 With a Bullet!

Wake up and smell the coffee folks!.
A baby born in the United States in 2004 will live an average of 77.9 years. That life expectancy ranks 42nd, down from 11th two decades earlier, according to international numbers provided by the Census Bureau and domestic numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics....

Forty countries, including Cuba, Taiwan and most of Europe had lower infant mortality rates than the U.S. in 2004....

"Even if we focused only on those four things, we would go along way toward improving health care in the United States," Murray said. "The starting point is the recognition that the U.S. does not have the best health care system. There are still an awful lot of people who think it does."
Every time you have some conservative, Faux News junkie tell you you how great the medical care is in this country you can quote this article. The number one focus for the NEXT administration after extricating ourselves from Iraq is a national health care system with a single payer model like the one used in France or some of the Scandinavian countries. The wealthiest(or was) country in the world should not be 42nd in life expectancy and 41st in infant mortality. Absolutely unacceptable! Not to mention embarrassing.

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