Native Americans are Already in a Public Plan — and It’s Not Very Good

This is Terry Anderson, writing in the Wall Street Journal:

In 2007, rates of infant mortality among Native Americans across the country were 1.4 times higher than non-Hispanic whites and rates of heart disease were 1.2 times higher. HIV/AIDS rates were 30% higher, and rates of liver cancer and inflammatory bowel disease were two times higher. Diabetes-related death rates were four times higher. On average, life expectancy is four years shorter for Native Americans than the population as a whole.

Rural Indians fare even worse….. in Montana and Wyoming, Indians suffer diabetes at rates 20% higher, heart disease 12% higher, and lung cancer rates 67% higher than the average across all IHS regions in the country. A recent Harvard University study found that life expectancy on a reservation in neighboring South Dakota was 58 years. The national average is 77.

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  1. Neil H. says:

    Here’s my suggestion: make the public plan the Indian Health Service and make every member of Congress join it.

  2. Ken says:

    Neil, don’t forget Obama. He should also be in the Indian health Service. It will give all the private plans the competition they need to become more efficient.

  3. Clark says:

    Has anybody thought about a trade of places? Let the Indians join the federal employees’ FEHBP health insurance system and put members of Congress in the Indian’s IHS system.

  4. Jacob says:

    hey idiots… they arent from india
    be more consistent