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Health Care and Infant Mortality: The Real Story

schnookumz Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 2:13 AM
What is the government intervention that has "distorted the marketplace"? Can you provide examples? I'm just finding the argument that it is TOO MUCH government meddling which drives up prices a bit hard accept. As I said, other western nations with comparable demographics, culture and lifestyles manage to provide health care at a much lower cost than the (apparently) free market in the US while still providing comparable care (And they have competitive and healthy private health insurance industries as well for those who want top-tier care). Even if the US's care is objectively better - is it worth the ridiculous disparity in cost? We're not talking 10/20/50% more - it's closer to 5, 10, 20 times as much which is crazy.

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...