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Brian W

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If men faced a 1/5000 chance of death each time their babymothers gave birth, abortion would be legal and prenatal care a mandate. But since it's women that face those odds, well, that's why god put them on earth don'tcha know.

Soon we can be the third world country Russia wants us to be.

Adam Tooze

The US is the only advanced economy in which maternal death rates are rising. US death rates are now higher than those in Russia. Italian death rates are c. 1/9th of those in the US. Can this be right? If it is, why is it not a HUGE public health issue?

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"Life expectancy in the coastal metro areas — both east and west — has improved at roughly the same rate as in Canada." Indeed, the American death trip has been driven by only part of the country

And while the divergence is surely linked to growing regional economic disparities, there's a pretty clear red-blue divide reflecting state policies. Consider NY v. TX

In 1990 Texas actually had higher life expectancy, but now NY is far ahead. Surely this has something to do with expanding health coverage, maybe also to do with environmental policies.

In general, progressive US states have experienced falling mortality along with the rest of the advanced world. Red America is where things are different

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You can say that again, brother.

And there is no mere coincidence in the states that suffer most from poor economic conditions are the states where Trump supporters live. Desperate people take desperate chances. Their suffering leads to all of our suffering. None of us are immune to the neoliberal causes that drive statistics like this.
 
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