When I read this article, I was surprised to find out the US’s infant mortality rate is one of the highest among developed countries. Considering how much we spend on healthcare, I thought it would be the opposite. Unfortunately, the article goes on to talk about how black babies die more often than white. And it ends up being a statement on class in our society. In our country, in order to afford healthcare you must have insurance. Other wise the costs are too high for anyone to afford. The US spends more money on healthcare than countries who offer it to everyone. So why don’t we? Many without jobs or entry level jobs are bot covered, and therefore would not be able to receive the care needed to give the baby a better chance at life. The ones with this problem are lower class people who tend to be "races" other than white. So what is this article really saying? That white people are physically stronger than black people? No, it is showing the injustice of our classes our society. Healthcare and infant mortality are not the only things that need to change
http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/02/opinion/walker-infant-mortality/index.html?hpt=us_t3

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  1. jaredb says:

    It is important to acknowledge that this an issue of health, not just an issue of health care. In the US pregnancy, and the time period after delivery, qualify a woman and her child for some type of subsidized medical insurance. The disparity in infant mortality rates between blacks and whites points to things that are much deeper, this is what people in public health refer to as the distal causes; underlying issues such as differences in SES, education, the neighborhood environment, etc. Beyond this all the underlying cause of the disparity may be the cumulative impact of racism. Here is a clip from unnaturalcauses.org, a documentary series highlighting health inequalities in our nation.

    Unraveling the Mystery of Black-White Differences in Infant Mortality

    http://www.unnaturalcauses.org/assets/swf/mediaplayer.swf?allowfullscreen=true&showdigits=false&image=http://www.unnaturalcauses.org/assets/uploads/image/WBB-excerpt.jpg&file=http://www.unnaturalcauses.org/assets/uploads/media/wbb.flv&width=500&height=375&foo

    There are some interesting studies which conclude that disparity of wealth within a nation results in poor health status for the population.