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Did you know the United States ranks 23rd in longevity, while people in Spain and Italy live 4.5 years longer than people in the U.S. In Israel, people live 3.5 years longer than people in the U.S.

The U.S. ranks 30th in neonatal and infant mortality out of 35 other countries. Newborns in the U.S. are four times more likely to die in their first month compared to newborns from Iceland or Japan, and twice as likely to die as those born in Slovenia, Estonia and the Czech Republic. In the U.S., mothers are four times more likely to die from pregnancy and delivery as mothers in Poland, Greece and the Czech Republic.

The U.S. ranks 28th in premature mortality. Americans ages 16 to 60 are twice as likely to die from noncommunicable disease such as cancer and heart disease as citizens of Spain.

These outcomes are a a result of the U.S. paying five times more per person as Estonia, four times greater than Greece and the Czech Republic and twice the amount that Iceland and Japan spend.

Are we satisfied to accpet these outcomes? Change often has to come from grassroots action. We can no longer sit by and watch our citizens suffer. We are all one people and must stick together to cause change to happen.

Better care for more people for less money. Peace of mind with freedom from worry about your family's care and freedom from the complexities of health insurance.

Each of us can make a difference. See

Helen McGovern

Albany (Jan. 30)

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