Last edited by dragondad; 08-27-09 at 12:05 AM.
As for U.S. infant mortality rates, see my earlier post. There is reason to believe that under socialized health care, they might actually go up.
Cuba uses a different method of determining infant mortality and as the article says:Tell me how does Cuba with all those brown and black people you can't stand manage to out do the USA in infant mortality?
the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which collects the European numbers, warns of head-to-head comparisons by country.
"It is written in the eternal constitution that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." - Edmund Burke
They are not "facts" in any sense of the word. They are bizarre extrapolations taken from partisan sources such as the American Enterprise Institute and interpreted by a non-expert columnist.
Take note: "Nicholas Eberstadt, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, also attributes the gap largely to conduct."
Isn't that wonderful? A right-wing 'scholar,' from a right-wing think tank agreeing with a right-wing author concerning a right-wing talking point.
Eberstadt's motto is well known in the scholarly community: If one does not like the data he or she sees, keep changing the metrics until you find something that makes them appear far better than they are.
Changing the measurements by which experts measure infant mortality until Chapman likes what he sees is not a postulation that will ever be taken seriously by academics in the field of health policy.
No respectable expert would ever forward such a vacuous, arrogant claim.
Then again, neither Mr. Eberstadt, nor Mr. Chapman are hardly experts.
Eberstadt should stick to doing what he does best - cheerleading for John Bolton and his ultra hawkish viewpoints on North Korea.
Last edited by The_Limt; 08-27-09 at 01:02 AM.
-We are 10 times more obese than Japan
-We have 7 times the teen pregnancy rates of Sweden
-We have relatively high drug use rates
-We have high rates of underweight infants- probably because of the above
-Still, our underweight infant survival rates are actually higher than those in Canada.
These are not things to be argued for or against. They are FACTS.