Mere Millions For Kids

As issues go, infant mortality should be a no-brainer for a politician. Find a catchy slogan, throw money at the problem and ride the quick results to fame and higher office. Become the candidate of compassion, courage and common sense, all rolled into one.

Experts agree that the prescription for lowering the infant-mortality rate is simple and can save money: all it takes is good prenatal care. Each dollar spent on the mother before delivery will save more than $3 spent on the infant for medical expenses during its first year. But this elementary arithmetic doesn't seem to add up for...

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