When Clinton ended Welfare by pretending to send people to work at the same time he knew he was creating the deepest unemployment in US history with NAFTA and globalization----he sent the most people into poverty as well. He started the privatization of all that is public and dismantled oversight and accountability of many Federal agencies setting the stage for the massive corporate fleecing of our government coffers by fraud and corruption. This included Medicare and Medicaid-----almost 1/2 of these health program spending is lost to fraud because neo-liberals do not allow oversight. This is why health stats in the US went from first world to second world----and with the recent health care reform also by neo-liberals-----life expectancy will become third world. It is women and children who feel the brunt of lost safety net programs and access to public health.
You may not like public programs but the cost of leaving people without access is enormous. It is the loss of public funding of social programs to fraud and corruption that raises the costs of spending not the actual care. Shout out to keep public programs strong and PROTECT THEM WITH OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO KEEP COSTS DOWN!
Maryland was ranked 17th in the nation in infant mortality and claims to be the richest state in the nation and claims to be Democratic. The US led in health outcomes until Clinton and neo-liberals took the Democratic Party.
NEO-LIBERALS WORK FOR WEALTH AND PROFIT AND WANT TO END ALL WAR ON POVERTY AND NEW DEAL PROGRAMS.
Why is the Infant Mortality Rate High in the US?
Many people were shocked when a 2006 report detailed that the US infant mortality rate ranked second highest in the world, among developed countries. Further, statistics regarding this rate showed disturbing patterns. The figure was much higher in the US among minorities, and was often connected not only to deaths for infants, but also health risks to mothers. Since the report, there have been a number of theories as to why the US infant mortality rate is so high, but access to health care, education, and information about pregnancy and birth control are likely contributors.
At the top of the list is inequitable access to health care, especially among those who are very poor and among teens who have children. Good medical advice and monitoring of a pregnancy is an important contributing factor to babies born at an appropriate birth weight, born full-term, and born healthy. There are poor people in all industrialized nations, but the US does not have any kind of nationalize health insurance plan that would help ensure that all women have access to the care they need. Countries with government health plans tended to have the lowest infant mortality rates.
Women who were of middle class or higher, and who had at least a high school diploma, were much more likely to have healthy babies. On the whole, the population most at risk for suffering the loss of a child is African-Americans, who are almost two times more likely to have a child either born dead or die within the first 24 hours after birth. While the average infant mortality rate in the US is 5 deaths per 1,000 births, for African Americans, this number climbs to nearly 10 deaths per 1,000 births.
Not only education, but the availability of birth attendants is a contributing factor. This is a surprising statistic, given that there are more obstetricians and neonatologists per person in the US than most other countries. Again, it likely comes down to access to these medical professionals and education regarding pregnancy and health care.
One of the other contributing factors cited is the availability and education about birth control. When this is available, as is the case in most of the countries with lower infant mortality rates, teenagers, one of the most likely groups to have pre-term labor, are less likely to become pregnant. This reduces the total group of women who might lose a baby born severely premature.
Along with the high rate of infant deaths in the US, there is also greater risk to mothers. Deaths during pregnancy climb with the infant mortality rate, translating to more risk to moms. This is especially the case when a mother does not deliver a child with a birth attendant.
What can be gleaned from studies like the one done in 2006 is that there are quite clear solutions to the problem. The country may be able to arrest the issue by learning from other nations and helping to ensure better care for American mothers and children
With all the talk about gun violence and mass shootings---it is mental illness and especially access for youth that creates these problems and as shown below the US has defunded and dismantled its public health sector and mental illness treatment has now become handing PHARMA to clients. Maryland funds social services at one of the lowest rates in the nation and mental health is at the bottom.
Neo-liberals would have you believe they funded mental health in the Affordable Care Act but as you see below----mental health was not funded. It is women and children who are the majority of clients falling into the category needing mental health care. When they lose this access their lives are endangered.
NEO-LIBERALS PLACE HEALTH INDUSTRY PROFIT OVER PUBLIC HEALTH AS THE US BECOMES SECOND WORLD HEADING TO THIRD WORLD IN HEALTH OUTCOMES.
April 02, 2013 Media Contact: Mary Masson 734-764-2220
Access to mental health care lacking for children, teens across the U.S.
Health Systems ---University of Michigan
National survey shows adults who work and volunteer with children and teens do not believe youth have appropriate access to mental health care Ann Arbor, Mich.─ Every day, news reports detail the impact of the deficiencies in the nation’s mental health care services. Even more startling, a survey from the University of Michigan reveals that many adults across the U.S. believe children and teens have extremely limited or no access to appropriate mental health care services.
119531667.jpg The W.K. Kellogg Foundation commissioned the National Voices Project to facilitate a five year study to gauge opportunities available for children and teens at the local level in communities across the U.S. Officials at the National Voices Project based their study on the perceptions held by adults who work and volunteer on behalf of children day-to-day.
“The adults in the National Voices Project survey work or volunteer on behalf of kids. These are the adults who are perhaps best positioned to refer children and teens to the healthcare services they need,” says Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the National Voices Project, associate professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at the University of Michigan Medical School and associate professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
Survey participants were asked how much availability there is in their communities for children and teens to receive healthcare services. More than half of all respondents note that there is “lots of availability” for teens to have hospital care (55%) and primary care (56%) in their communities, but across all healthcare services, only 30% of respondents reported “lots of availability” for mental health care. Healthcare availability for children was very similar.
See a graphic representation of the survey here.
“These findings indicate low availability of mental health care for children and teens in the majority of communities across the U.S.,” says Davis. “Even in communities where there are lots of opportunities for children and teens to get primary care or hospital care, access to mental health care is lacking.”
In addition, in communities where respondents perceived racial/ethnic inequities, they consistently reported less access to all healthcare services, including mental health, especially for teens. The full survey shows that where there are perceived inequities at the community level there are also perceptions of diminished opportunities for young children and teens in the domains of nutrition, health, and healthcare.
To read the full report, please visit: http://nationalvoicesproject.org/america-healing-grantees/resource-center/disparities-access-healthcare-teens
Data Source: Data in the above release are based on responses from National Voices Project Survey 2, fielded in August 2012. The National Voices Project (NVP) is conducted in partnership with GfK, an international survey research organization that maintains KnowledgePanel® and the KnowledgePanel Latino®, nationally representative web-enabled panels of adult members of households across the United States. Survey respondents included 2,311 adults from 48 states and D.C. that work or volunteer with children. 1,264 respondents have jobs that affect education, healthcare, economic opportunities, or community and civic engagement for children. Another 1,047 respondent’s volunteer in ways that affect education, healthcare, economic opportunities, or community and civic engagement for children.
You would think unprecedented money was pouring into mental health with the Affordable Care Act but if you look below ....$235 million is absolutely nothing. Baltimore gave Exelon Corporation a $100 million tax break for no reason at all. I listen to teachers who are supposed to now be the front line for children's mental health and they are shouting----
WE DO NOT HAVE THE TIME OR ABILITY TO ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES FOR OUR STUDENTS!
In Maryland, schools are lucky to have one nurse for a thousand children.
There is such a shortage of mental health professionals that VETs are being allowed to go without treatment for PTSS by the tens of thousands and we think that $50 million is going to establish a tier of mental health professionals for schools across the country. This money will be wasted in all kinds of contractor program development and do nothing for children.
Think of the women and children of VET families having to care for returning military with record mental illness concerns and no access to health care because the VA has been dismantled and doctors taken to health tourism.
NEO-LIBERALS ALLOWED A FEW HUNDRED BILLION IN CORPORATE TAXES LAST YEAR BE EVADED BECAUSE THE IRS IS SUPPOSEDLY BEING DOWNSIZED. COLLECTING FRAUD PAYS FOR ITSELF!
Exclusive: Obama budget includes $235 million in new mental health spending
President Obama's budget proposal will include $235 million in funding for new mental health programs, focused initiatives to help schools detect early warning signs and train thousands of new mental health professionals.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) These proposed new commitments come after the Newtown, Conn. shootings increased interest in the relationship between gun violence and mental health.
"We've never seen this kind of sustained interest before," said an administration official who asked for anonymity to discuss funding that has not been publicly announced. "The administration is very united about addressing this issue."
This is the first White House budget to include these new programs, which were first outlined in a January report on administration strategies to reduce gun violence.
The new budget plan will propose $130 million for programs that train teachers and other adults to help recognize early signs of mental illness, referring them to help when they detect such warnings. That includes $55 million for a new program called Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education). That will give states and local school districts grants to administer such programs, while also collecting data on how well they work.
Another $50 million in funds would go toward training masters-level mental health specialists such as psychologists, nurses and counselors who work in schools. The idea is to expand the mental health workforce to prepare for the demands of millions of Americans who will gain health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
"We can't take 12 years training doctors and post-docs to meet the need in 2014," the administration official said. "We're taking a very promising and practical approach."
Another $25 million would be put towards helping schools, where violence is pervasive, to address the trauma experienced by children and test violence prevention strategies.
Obama touched briefly on the importance of expanding mental health services in a Monday night speech on gun violence, at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
"We have to tell Congress it’s time to strengthen school safety and help people struggling with mental health problems get the treatment they need before it’s too late," he said.
That first part is an important point: While the Obama administration will include these new funds in its budget, it's still up to Congress to decide whether it would approve this additional funding.
When you push a record number of people into poverty so comes the second world stats as the US dove from #1 ranking in child development and care to the bottom after Reagan/Clinton neo-liberalism. The strains on families and single-mothers with the loss of child care.....foster care having the worst of results for children because of public sector defunding. Baltimore has one of the worst foster care results in the nation....Maryland is at the bottom for child care.
ALL THIS WHILE BEING A DEMOCRATIC STATE????? NO, THAT'S NEO-LIBERALISM FOR YOU!
Take away Equal Protection, the Bill of Rights, and Rule of Law as neo-liberals and neo-cons are now trying to do----and these stats will soar. Remember, 70% heading to 80% of Americans are at or near poverty.
U.S. Worst in Child Abuse
Oct 24, 2011 10:53 AM ET // by Benjamin Radford Photo: iStockPhoto
As police in Kansas City, Missouri, continue to look for missing 10-month old girl Lisa Irwin, detectives know where to begin their list of suspects: the toddler's parents.
One reason? According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, "the danger to children is greater from someone they or their family knows than from a stranger."
And it happens all the time.
NEWS: Artificial Intelligence Diagnoses Abuse According to figures released by UNICEF, over the past decade more than 20,000 American children are believed to have been killed in their own homes by family members. That is nearly four times the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and means that America has the worst record of child abuse in the industrialized world.
Twenty-seven children under the age of 15 die from physical abuse or neglect every week in America. According to UNICEF, the United States has 2.4 annual deaths per 100,000 children, compared to 1.4 for France; 1 in Japan, and 0.9 in the United Kingdom.
According to Michael Petit, president of the advocacy group Every Child Matters, part of the reason for the striking disparity is that many risk factors associated with abuse and neglect (including teen pregnancy, violent crime, poverty and imprisonment) are generally much higher in America.
Yet there may be hope: though these social problems are much higher in the United States than in other industrialized countries, most of these problems are actually getting better, not worse.
For example according to a February 2010 "National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect" from the Department of Health and Human Services, "An estimated 553,000 children suffered physical, sexual or emotional abuse in 2005-06, down 26 percent from the estimated 743,200 abuse victims in 1993. The number of sexually abused children dropped 38 percent between 1993 and 2005. The number of children who experienced physical abuse fell by 15 percent and the number of emotionally abused children dropped by 27 percent."
Furthermore, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics reported last year that the birth rate for U.S. teenagers fell 6 percent in 2009. The American teen birth rate fell to the lowest level ever recorded in nearly seven decades of tracking teenage childbearing.
NEWS: Children Can Inherit Mom's Abuse-Altered Brain So by some measures the epidemic of child abuse should be getting better, not worse. However Petit also points out that there are other important factors contributing to the problem. For one thing, other countries with far lower abuse rates — unlike the United States — have social policies that provide child care, universal health insurance, pre-school, parental leave, and so on.
All these social problems should not obscure one ugly fact: In the final analysis it is not lack of child care, or poverty, or teen pregnancy that is killing America's children. It is abusive mothers and fathers.
According to a report titled "Homicide Trends in the U.S." issued by the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics, of all children under age five murdered between 1976 and 2005, about two-thirds of them were killed by their parents: 31 percent were killed by fathers and 29 percent were killed by mothers.
A 2003 study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that at least 85 percent of North Carolina newborns who were killed or left to die were murdered by their mothers (usually through strangulation or drowning).
Many studies suggest that mothers abuse and kill their infants and children at a higher rate than fathers. (This is probably due to the fact that women and mothers are more often the caregivers, so they have more overall contact with children — both good and bad — and are therefore overrepresented in child abuse cases.)
According to Petit, as many as seven children die from abuse and neglect every day in America. If seven children were killed each day by strangers (or released sex offenders), the public would be outraged. Yet the public is largely unaware of (or indifferent to) parents who murder their children.
It is breath-taking to see how Democracy and Rule of Law has disappeared in Baltimore but as you see-----casinos were sold as ways of bringing money to education and children and of course in Maryland and especially Baltimore none of that has happened. With tiered funding of public schools and a high population of working class and poor----funding for schools is low. Add to that the fact that corporations do not pay taxes and are heavily subsidized you have a crisis in education in Maryland. Neo-liberals will put out all kinds of data showing Maryland schools and achievement are ranked at the top----BUT NONE OF THAT IS TRUE. The youth affected by all of the diversion of city funds to corporate subsidy is staggering. It is not black, brown, or white.....it is equal opportunity......education funding is tied to funding structures that are then ignored.
Also, this steam-line funding is for VEOLA ----a global corporation taking much of Baltimore's public sector.
You see below why this is not true:
In the "they don't try to hide how undemocratic they really are" file comes the latest broken promise from the new city casino and impact money originally and legislatively designated to go to communities surrounding the casino - the current city administration has different ideas: https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2014/08/19/city-to-use-community-gambling-impact-funds-to-pay-for-steam-pipe/
City to use community gambling impact funds to pay for steam pipeline Administration wants to use $3 million set aside for communities impacted by the new Horseshoe Casino to pay for a relocated steam line
Mark Reutter August 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm Baltimore Brew
The Board of Estimates is expected tomorrow to peel off $3 million in gambling impact funds set aside for South Baltimore communities to pay for a relocated steam pipe that serves downtown institutions.
Combined with the city’s plan to pay for street improvements around the Horseshoe Casino, the allocation means that fully half of the projected $10 million in first-year funds for neighborhoods impacted by the casino will instead go to projects immediately around the facility.
“What’s going to be left for us?” asked James Alston, who represents the Westport neighborhood immediately south of the casino.
“The city is using money for things that were never intended by the state legislature. This money is supposed to go to the communities, not for the city’s or the casino’s needs, “Alston said in an interview. He sits on the Casino Local Development Council that is supposed to set priorities for the use of the impact funds.
The Rawlings-Blake administration will use the $3 million to reimburse CBAC Borrower, an entity controlled by Caesars Entertainment, the casino’s operator, for relocating the pipeline.
These funds are in addition to the $6 million in local impact funds, spaced over a three years, that the city plans to pay CBAC for street improvements. The Brew disclosed that deal two years ago. (City’s non-responsive response.)
State law calls for impact funds to be used for “improvements in the communities in immediate proximity to the VLT [Video Lottery Terminal] facility.”
Remember, all politicians knew the economy was filled with fraud last decade and as Bush/Cheney and neo-liberals called the subprime mortgage loan policy to help low-income they did the same with student loans. These political leaders splashed every media outlet and fixed university student aid offices to sign students to the max-----load them with debt----as these same people were blowing up the economy with subprime mortgage fraud. Much of this student debt comes from for-profit career colleges and are filled with fraud. They moved from Federal student loans to private student loans to hand control of these students to Wall Street. As you see again....it is the taxpayer, this time through Sallie Mae, that pays for defaults......THIS IS FRAUD AND PUBLIC MALFEASANCE DIRECTED AT OUR YOUTH.
THEY KNEW THESE STUDENTS WERE GOING TO BE SADDLED WITH TONS OF DEBT AND A STAGNANT ECONOMY! IT WAS DELIBERATE.
When you take a nation to third world status you must control the youth----they are the revolutionary types!
The soaring costs of university tuition was started by Clinton and his corporatization of universities -----Clinton/Bush/Obama tag team in killing the future of our youth!
FORGET DEBT FORGIVENESS THAT MOVES THE DEBT TO TAXPAYERS------THESE STUDENT LOANS NEED TO BE FORGIVEN BY BANKS AS PART OF RECOVERY OF MASSIVE FRAUD.
8/07/2013 @ 12:30PM
How The $1.2 Trillion College Debt Crisis Is Crippling Students, Parents And The Economy
Chris Denhart , Forbes Staff
Total Student Loan Debt: $1 Trillion
Two-thirds, that’s right, two-thirds of students graduating from American colleges and universities are graduating with some level of debt. How much? According to The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) Project on Student Debt, the average borrower will graduate $26,600 in the red. While we’ve all heard the screaming headlines of graduates with crippling debt of $100,000 or more, this is the case for only about 1% of graduates. That said, one in 10 graduates accumulate more than $40,000.
It’s a negative sum game for both student-borrowers and the economy. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, student loan debt has reached a new milestone, crossing the $1.2 trillion mark — $1 trillion of that in federal student loan debt.
This pushes student loan debts to dizzying new heights, as they now account for the second highest form of consumer debt behind mortgages. With the federal debt at $16.7 trillion, student loan debts measure at 6% of the overall national debt. This is no small figure, and national debt carries many consequences including slowing economic growth (translating into fewer jobs being created) and rising interest rates. Capital will not be as easy to access.
The majority of student loans are backed by the U.S. government through banks like Sallie Mae, or since 2010, by the Department of Education. Translation: the creditor in this scenario is the U.S. tax payer, who if students default on these loans will be subject to carry the burden of these loans.
Federal Loans are Safer than Private
Lauren Asher, president of TICAS, a nonpartisan policy group, says that government loans are the safest type of loans to take while financing education. “Federal student loans are the best way to borrow if you have to in order to get through.” She identifies a lack of information as a major problem in the debt game as she identifies growing private loan debt as a major problem. “Half of those taking out private loans have not maxed out on federal loans.”
Why the preference for federal loans with federal debt being such a hot topic? “Federal loans are subject to income based payback, fixed interest rates, and take nine months to default on, making them a much safer loan for students to take,” Asher explains. Conversely, private loans have done away with late fees, and in the fine print have redefined the right to claim default on the loan after missing a single payment. Default is a one way ticket to bad credit. “Any ding in credit rating can affect [a borrower] more now than ever, even employment,” says Asher.
Asher argues, however, that higher education “is still the best investment in your future.” The college degree is getting more and more weight as political leaders are calling for upwards of 60% national higher education attainment by 2025. And the demand for higher education is increasing. “When the economy is down, more people turn to higher education to get an edge in the job market, but have less money to finance it,” explains Asher.
Debt and Community Colleges
If you are under the impression that only four-year schools are subject to debt, think again. Of those students completing an associate’s degree from a community college in 2008, 38% graduated with debt. In the for-profit sector of two-year degrees, over 90% have debt. The average debt load at a public two-year institution is $7,000.
One community college, Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Mich., is offering a one-time student debt amnesty program that will allow students who owed a balance prior to or including the winter 2012 semester to afford to return to the college. The program “offers the opportunity for students to pay 50% of what is owed on their account to settle their debt with the College.” Will this become a norm within the two-year degree space as more and more debt is accumulated?
The Cost of Debt
Of this $1.2 trillion in student debt, about $1 trillion is in federal student loans. This figure does not tell the full story, however, as the $1.2 trillion does not include funds students must divert away from retirement savings, parent borrowing, or credit card debt. President Obama is expected to sign the bipartisan Senate bill to tie federal student loan interest rates to the market this week. On one side, this will reverse the interest rate hike that went into effect on July 1, lowering the current rates for undergraduate students from 6.8 to 3.8%. As the market climbs, however, these rates will climb until they reach a cap of 8.25%. By TICAS calculation, this may cost families $715 million more over the next 10 years.
What does 3.8% interest translate to for students? If we go back to that average figure of $26,600, compounding for interest year over year using the 10-year-payback plan that is the standard, the total cost of your $26,600 loan is about $38,600. Break that down by monthly payments and you are looking at about $320 per month going toward student loan payments. “Debt costs you time in savings, pushes back when and whether you can buy a home, start a family, open a small business or access capital,” says Asher. Not to mention the opportunity cost of the education itself at almost $40,000.
Dealing with the Problem
What can we do? With more and more emphasis being placed on college education for all, raising costs of an already expensive degree, and underemployment of college graduates running rampant, student loan debt is a problem that will cripple economic possibilities and success to come. In its recent report, Aligning the Means and the Ends: How to Improve Federal Student Aid and Increase College Access and Succes, TICAS is calling for simplification and better access to information regarding student loan debt, including information on consolidating debt, and increasing students’ information to both school’s default and graduation rates.
While many have been calling for debt forgiveness to help settle this score, others have a problem with burdening the taxpayer with the responsibility to pay back loans that they are neither responsible for, nor benefit directly from. While a more educated populous has positive externalities, debt forgiveness sets a bad precedent for the financial world. Ohio University developmental economist Julia Paxton says:
One of the problems of debt forgiveness is that it sets a precedent that similar loans in the future will also be forgiven. Although the loans are allocated toward education, money is fungible and will have the net impact of increasing the spending ability of students in other areas of their lives. As the expectation of repayment obligation falls, borrowers may enter into a situation where they take on higher levels of debt and take more risks. This will lead to a weakened ability to repay, creating a vicious cycle that hurts the financial sector and the credit ratings of the borrowers.
I have seen firsthand the effects of this phenomenon that economists call moral hazard. One friend explained to me in my sophomore year that because his student loan money finally came through he was able to put the finishing touches on his beer pong table.