Quote from burn out
It is interesting to note that 7-8 of the bottom 10 are in the south. I just wonder what the opposition to universal healthcare is in these areas? Or better yet what changes do these states have in mind to better serve their
How is Universal health care going to change:
1. Births of Low Birthweight as a Percent of All Births -
2. Teenage Birth Rate ( -
3. Age-Adjusted Death Rate
4. Infant Mortality Rate
5. Age-Adjusted Death Rate by Malignant Neoplasms
6. Age-Adjusted Death Rate by Suicide
7. Estimated Rate of New Cancer Cases
8. AIDS Rate
9. Sexually Transmitted Disease Rate
10. Percent of Adults Who Are Binge Drinkers
11. Percent of Adults Who Smoke
12. Percent of Adults Obese
13. Percent of Adults Who Do Not Exercise
14. Beds in Community Hospitals per 100,000 Population
15. Safety Belt Usage Rate?
There "might" be some indirect insurance impacts for items like low birthwt, age-adjusted death rate, and STD's, but these are all MORE likely to be improved with behavior modifications than gov't interference. The rest are speculative, and some may actually be worsened in our society with universal coverage...i.e. people won't be motivated to now use their seatbelts (in spite of widespread laws), or lose wt, or stop smoking and binge-drinking, or having unprotected sex (resulting in teen-pregnancies (how is that a reflection of an insurance problem) and STD's, and engaging in behaviors that result in LBW infants or stop killing themselves.
STD's are on the rise in Europe; can I speculate that this is a failure of their socialized system? Same with the increasing AIDS rate in Europe?
I noticed the political comment, but one must be honest and recognize that the majority of these social factors which were errantly directed to make a case for socialized health care occur statistically more often in social and cultural groups that are not Republican.