Thursday, April 18, 2013


Click on the chart for the larger view.

We're not first, but surely the richest country in the world has the wherewithal to do better than second highest in child poverty ratings.  A quarter of our children living in poverty is unacceptable, but we accept it.

Lord, have mercy.


Porlock Junior said...

If you want a real earful, check out this lying leftist site:
The world factbook, and within that the country comparisons.

For both life expectancy and infant mortality in this pro-life nation, wave both hands in the air, with 5 fingers up on one and 1 finger up on the other: We're Numbah 51 ! (counting from the best, not the lowest) The choice of which 1 finger is up to you.

Cathy said...

The "leftist" Scandinavian countries do all have pretty big welfare nets so I guess no surprise that they are doing so well by comparison with pretty much everyone else.

Britain also not doing so badly, apparently ...

Grandmère Mimi said...

Porlock, I've seen those sorry statistics, too. It couldn't possibly have to do with our lack of universal health care, could it?

Grandmère Mimi said...

I pointed out that very thing about Scandinavia to one of my staunch Republican relatives, but it doesn't seem to make an impression.

Britain has universal health, which makes an enormous difference.

Russ Manley said...

It think it's important to note that Obamacare is not the same as the universal health care or coverage that other nations have; though it is a step in the right direction.

A few years back, I decided to knuckle down and do a little research on various systems; Britain's has some serious flaws, but France seems to have a grade-A program.

In the end, though, I think we would do well to imitate what Canada has, and its worth reading up on. Though of course the GOP would rather burn every hospital to the ground than do that.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Russ, I agree we should look at France or Canada as our models for universal health care, before Britain, although, if the powers-that-be tried to take away their health care from the Brits, you'd see massive opposition. So far as I know, and I don't know much about Scandinavia, France seems to have the best system, but I expect the programs in the "socialist" North are excellent, too.

Russ Manley said...

There are a number of long-tried, very successful systems around the world to provide examples for us to pick and choose from - if it were possible to sit down and do this calmly and rationally, that is. I know the Brits are so fond of their NHS that no government on left or right has dared even think about getting rid of it - but there the healthcare system is owned and services delivered directly by the state, which would be a very hard sell here.

In the long run, and after all the "legitimate rape" idiots and "let them die" teapartiers have died off themselves, we will no doubt come up with our own typically pragmatic program - though if we simply extended Medicare to everyone, I think that would be a very easy thing to do, overall.

The bottom line is that services must be free to all at the point of delivery. I am aghast to learn that even in Massachusetts with its vaunted state healtcare plan, some victims of the Marathon bombings are facing enormous hospital bills: