Consider the apalling condition of the U.S.'s low rank for newborns' survival
America may be the world’s superpower, but its survival rate for newborn babies ranks near the bottom among modern nations, better only than Latvia... Among 33 industrialized nations, the United States is tied with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia... another report humbling to the American health care system... showed that white, middle-aged Americans are far less healthy than their peers in England, despite U.S. health care spending that is double that in England.
“Our health care system focuses on providing high-tech services for complicated cases. We do this very well,” [Emory University health policy expert Kenneth Thorpe] said. “What we do not do is provide basic primary and preventive health care services. We do not pay for these services, and do not have a delivery system that is designed to provide either primary prevention, or adequately treat patients with chronic diseases.”