Not the Health Care Reform We Need

The health care reform efforts from Capitol Hill are misguided and will only make our health care worse. Sure, we know we need health care reform, but we do not need the government to give $1B to the health care industry for getting these clowns elected.

Nothing in the bill will help with the improvement of health care to our children. In fact, another article here on this site will show how Ezekiel Emanual, Obama’s health care advisor, advocates reducing health care to infants since we have not yet invested in them. How does that grab you?

America is among the industrialized world’s worst victims of infant mortality, teenage pregnancy and child poverty, even though it spends more per child than better-performing countries such as Switzerland, Japan and the Netherlands, a new survey indicates.

The report released Tuesday, “Doing Better for Children,” marks the first time the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has reported on child well-being within its 30 member countries.

The U.S. spends an average of $140,000 per child, well over the OECD average of $125,000. But this spending is skewed heavily toward older children between 12 and 17, the OECD survey showed.

U.S. spending on children under six, a period the OECD says is key to children’s future well-being, lags far behind other countries, amounting to only $20,000 per child on average compared to the OECD average of $30,000, the survey showed.

As a result, it says, infant mortality in the U.S. is the fourth-worst in the OECD after Mexico, Turkey and Slovakia. American 15-year-olds rank seventh from the bottom on the OECD’s measure of average educational achievement. Child poverty rates in the U.S. are nearly double the OECD average, at 21.6 percent compared to 12.4 percent.

The rate of teen births in the U.S. is three times the OECD average, with only Mexico recording a higher rate among OECD countries, the report said.

We are getting the shaft from Capitol Hill on health care. The rich will get richer, and the poor will get poorer. Some “changes” huh?


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