now while looking up all these [infant mortality] numbers on the cia factbook(i use it a lot for things like this because its an easy accurate resource) i found something interesting....
us death rate: 8.27 deaths/1,000 population (2008 est.)
french death rate: 8.48 deaths/1,000 population (2008 est.)
uk death rate: 10.05 deaths/1,000 population (2008 est.)
germany death rate: 10.8 deaths/1,000 population (2008 est.)
canada death rate: 7.61 deaths/1,000 population (2008 est.)
out of all the countries posted, the ONLY one to beat the united states in death rate was canada. so, if the french, german, and the british systems are that much better why are they dieing at a higher rate then we are?
Your conclusion is wrong because the CIA estimate is inaccurate - here's actual numbers:
Nationmaster - Infant Mortality (Total) Most Recent (2008 )
#185 United States: 6.30 deaths/1,000 live births
#186 Cuba: 5.93 deaths/1,000 live births
#194 Canada: 5.08 deaths/1,000 live births
#196 New Zealand: 4.99 deaths/1,000 live births
#197 United Kingdom: 4.93 deaths/1,000 live births
#200 Australia: 4.82 deaths/1,000 live births
#201 Netherlands: 4.81 deaths/1,000 live births
#205 Belgium: 4.50 deaths/1,000 live births
#213 Germany: 4.03 deaths/1,000 live births
#220 France: 3.36 deaths/1,000 live births
Never mind France, Germany, and Australasia - infants in Cuba (you know, that tin-pot Caribbean country the US has been embargoing the shit out of for over forty years) have a slightly better chance at surviving than in the US...!
The US is doing better than American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Saudi Arabia though...
the majority of which could afford health insurance if they could be separated from their cell phone, brand new car and cable tv.....
That's a pretty... convenient assumption to make, isn't it? Absolves you of actually giving a damn by allowing you to blame the victim - or more correctly, a convenient stereotype. Wonderful.
Y'know, I'm getting the distinct impression that Americans are a pretty self-centred mercenary bunch, and that the reputation of them being kind and generous types is actually way off the mark...