Disgrace:45 million left out"That's shameful." Or it might be if any of it were true.
America's for-profit medical system is the world's most expensive. For people with good insurance, it provides high-quality care. But 45 million "working poor" Americans - and many among the 1.2 million who lost their jobs so far this year - have no coverage. They must seek charity care or do without. That's shameful.
Meanwhile, it's disturbing that many people overseas enjoy better health than Americans do, even though their countries have lower medical expense. In an editorial titled "Tied with Thailand," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said:"Roughly seven of every 1,000 babies born in the United States die before their first birthday. That puts America on a par with the rates in Serbia and Lithuania. In a ranking of countries' infant mortality rates, with number one being the best, the United States is tied with Thailand in 29th place. (link)
First, on that bit about "45 million 'working poor' Americans" having no coverage. No expert has ever averred or alleged that all the uninsured - 40 to 50 million is the number tossed out by ill-informed types like these at the Gazette - are poor. Some are, to be sure. But many aren't. According to the Business & Media Institute:
[A]ccording to [the Census Bureau report “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2005], there are 8.3 million uninsured people who make between $50,000 and $74,999 per year and 8.74 million who make more than $75,000 a year. That’s roughly 17 million people who ought to be able to “afford” health insurance because they make substantially more than the median household income of $46,326.And as for the number of uninsured itself, there's this:
Each of these people and media outlets incorrectly claimed the number of uninsured to be 40 to 50 million Americans. The actual total is open to debate. But there are millions of people who should be excluded from that tally, including: those who aren’t American citizens, people who can afford their own insurance, and people who already qualify for government coverage but haven’t signed up.And what about that tired old argument about America's horrendous infant mortality rate?
Government statistics also show 45 percent of those without insurance will have insurance again within four months after job transitions.
Accounting for all those factors, one prominent study places the total for the long-term uninsured as low as 8.2 million – a very different reality than the media and national health care advocates claim.
Read and learn:
Infant Mortality and Premature Birth
Myth: The U.S. infant mortality rate is higher than that of other countries
Fact: The U.S.’ infant mortality rate is not higher; the rates of Canada and many European countries are artificially low, due to more restrictive definitions of live birth. There also are variations in the willingness of nations to save very low birth weight and gestation babies.
Understand that. The fact that the U.S., having the best health care delivery system on Earth, has hospital facilities that attempt - and sometimes fail - but sometimes succeed - to bring to the world children that would have absolutely no chance of survival had they been in similar circumstances in other countries.
Read and learn:
Premature Birth Now Leading Cause of Infant Mortality in United States
Approximately 34% of infant deaths within the first year of life are of premature babies, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
These figures, presented based on new research, are twice as high as previous estimates.
The number of premature births in the United States has increased over 30% since 1980.
There's the irony. American doctors have the ability to save premature babies like at no time in human history. But they don't always succeed. So those births - and deaths - become part of that infant mortality figure.
The idiots at the Gazette wouldn't have anything to whine about if those thousands of babies were simply stillborn. Or aborted because of the potentiality for birth defects. What morons.
But even morons aren't forgiven for butchering facts. Not now. Not ever.