Facing facts on health
To those in the know, it should come as no surprise that U.S. health care compares unfavorably with that of Cuba's. Cuba is one of 41 countries, for example, with a lower infant mortality rate than the U.S., according to the latest CIA World Factbook. Beijing's rate (4.6 per thousand) is also lower than New York City's (6.5 per thousand).
Nicholas D. Kristof also writes in his column in today's New York Times that these facts "are part of a pattern of recent statistics dribbling out of the federal government suggesting that for those on the bottom in America, life in our new Gilded Age is getting crueler."