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Sen. Tom Harkin smitten with Castroite health-care

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“Cuba’s a poor country,” he marveled. “But they have a lower child mortality rate than us….their public health system is quite remarkable.”

Sen. Harkin also marveled at “Cuba’s success in reducing smoking among citizens through public health campaigns.”

Oh it’s a “government campaign” alright, Sen. Harkin. To wit: For the usual communist reasons a communist regime cannot stock the shelves in its stores. This – amazingly enough – decreases the consumption of those products by the communist regime’s hapless and half-starved subjects!

“Quite remarkable” how that works, Sen. Harkin!

And it’s not only for smoking. This “reduction” also applies to eating, as in items like milk, beef and bread. In fact as fully-documented in an eye-opening new book - along with infectious diseases that had been virtually eradicated in pre-Castro Cuba (Dengue-Fever, Cholera) – nutritional diseases are also rampant nowadays in the Castro family fiefdom. Marzo Fernandez, an economist who until defecting in 1996, served as Secretary General of Castro’s Ministry of Nutrition could help shatter many of Sen. Harkin’s illusions.

“The average height of Cubans has decreased by 8 centimeters in the past 25 years,” he’s quoted in the book. “For the first time in Cuban history, thousands of macrocepahlic children (abnormally large heads in proportion to their bodies) due to protein (primarily milk) deficiencies have been found in the eastern provinces.”

Now regarding that vaunted Cuban infant-mortality rate, parroted by Harkin (among many others) some clarifications:

In 1958 (the year prior to the glorious revolution) Cuba ranked 13th from the top, worldwide with the lowest infant-mortality rate. This meant that robustly capitalist pre-Castro Cuba had the 13th lowest infant-mortality rate in the world. This put her not only at the top in Latin America but atop most of Western Europe, ahead of France, Belgium, West Germany, Israel, Japan, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Today all of these countries leave Communist Cuba in the dust, with much lower infant mortality rates.

And even plummeting from 13th (capitalist) to 47th (communist), Cuba’s “quite remarkable” infant mortality rate is kept artificially low by Communist chicanery with statistics and by a truly appalling abortion rate of 0.71 abortions per live birth. This is the hemisphere’s highest, by far. Any Cuban pregnancy that even hints at trouble gets “terminated.”

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