Posts Tagged ‘income gap’

Newborn Mortality And The Hidden Health Care Story

A new study published by PLoS Medicine tracks newborn mortality rates in 193 countries from 1990 to 2009. While newborn deaths worldwide declined by 1.3 million – 4.6 to 3.3 million – from 1990 to 2009, the newborn mortality rate in the United States ranks higher than 40 other countries. I think there is a hidden story behind the study and the headlines. It’s a story about the growing wealth gap in this country and its effect on the medical care people receive – or don’t receive. The largest contributor to personal bankruptcies in this country is medical costs. We…
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Massive Disconnect

In addition to the huge income gap in this country we also have a massive disconnect. That massive disconnect exists between those lucky enough to have a good paying job and the plight of the rest of the country. To put it another way, there are some people in this country that are so self-absorbed that they inflate their own minor problems while failing to see the serious hardship faced by many. Take for example Steve Southerland, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He gave a speech last week in which he complained that his $174,000 congressional salary wasn’t enough…
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