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Health Care and Infant Mortality: The Real Story

FletchforFreedom Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 6:32 AM
They are entirely a figment of your imagination. NO ONE is going to Canada to give birth to improve their babies' chances of survival (because, for one thing, it decreases them). Instead, some are going to Canada (as an even greater percentage of the world's population is coming to the US) in order to obtain citizenship and get a shot at government handouts.

Editor's Note: Steve Chapman is on vacation. The following column was originally published in August 2009.

The American medical system has the latest technology, the greatest variety of new drugs and unparalleled resources. But anyone who thinks we're getting something great for our dollars inevitably encounters a two-word rebuke: infant mortality.

The United States is the richest nation on Earth, but it comes in 29th in the world in survival rates among babies. This mediocre ranking is supposed to make an irrefutable case for health care reform. If we cared enough to insure everyone, we are told, we would soon rise to...