|What kind of a country do we want to be?|
The great tragedy here is that many of these deaths can be prevented, with improved access to appropriate medical care, leadership for effective public health education, prenatal care and parental education and support.
Access to basic health care for all needs to begin first with our children. And it is the responsibility of all of us to step in, when parents are unable to. Yes, this is a moral issue, but also in our general self interest. The well being of today's children determines our future.
Our society is pursuing a self destructive course by failing to provide all of our children with access to good health, education and a nurturing environment to grow up in, while at the same time we indebt them by failing to pay our bills. We should be ashamed. We should be angry. This is why we need health care for all in this country. This is not the rich against the poor. All of us in these United States of America must compete against the world. There is no valid reason why our children should be handicapped in their start in life compared to those in Malaysia, Cuba and Poland. There is no good way to spin this.
WE'RE NUMBER 41! WE'RE NUMBER 41! Does that sound right to you? And we pay more than anywhere else.
These are the countries where a baby has a better chance of living in the first critical months of life:
Republic of Korea