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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Two Thousand Four Hundred Pages

Yes, that is how many pages are in that monstrosity called the Healthcare Reform Bill. And there is not a single dollar devoted to reducing our incredibly wasteful health care expenditures.

We spend twice the amount on medical care of any other developed country, and we still get lousy outcomes.

I have already pointed out that our infant mortality rate is right up there with third world countries. But it isn't just babies who are dying, their mothers are also dying.

In 1990, in the U.S., 6.6 women died for every 100,000 pregnancies. In the past twenty years, in spite of rapidly increasing medical expenditures, the morality rate among mothers has more than doubled. Last year it was 13.3 women.

Forty other countries have lower rates than we do. Even in Britain, with its much criticized National Health Services, the rate is below 4.0.

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