Conservatives often refer to "American exceptionalism" as the idea that God has somehow created and blessed America for a special reason.
However, these same folks don't mention how the U.S. leads the world in the costs of having a baby, obesity, anxiety disorders, percentage of prisoners and health care expenditures.
According to AlterNet.org, the U.S. is number one in all these areas.
The average baby delivery in a U.S. hospital costs a whopping $9,775, or $15,041 for a Cesarean birth, according to the New York Times.
About 62 percent of health insurance companies do not cover a baby's birth, and when a delivery is covered by insurance, the new parents still have to pay an average of $3,400.
However, moms in other first-world countries such as the UK, France, Canada, Norway, Iceland and others do not pay a dime and get the same level of care.
According to Nationmaster.com, the U.S. also leads the world in obesity, although Mexico is close behind. There are about an 100,000 to 400,000 obesity-related deaths in the U.S. per year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in 2010 that more than two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese, reports LiveScience.com. If you're wondering, Kentucky is the most obese state, and Colorado is the least obese.
America is also tops in anxiety disorders. According to the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Survey, in 2009, 19 percent of Americans had an anxiety disorder, reports Ranking America. The National Institutes of Health says 18 percent of U.S. adults (40 million) suffer from anxiety, notes the ADAA.org.
When it comes to locking up citizens, China, Iran, Cuba and Russia don't come close to the U.S., which has made warehousing prisoners a multibillion-dollar industry. The International Center for Prison Studies states that the U.S. imprisons 716 out of every 100,000 people.
The total prison population of the U.S. is 2,239,751 locked 4,575 different jails, which have a capacity of only 2,134,000, notes Wikipedia.org. There are people even imprisoned for their debts, in states such as Florida, even though debtors prisons were banned a century ago. Private corporations that own prisons need a constant flow of Americans behind bars to pull their huge profits.
Finally, the U.S. was spending 17.6 percent of its grass domestic product on health care in 2010. The U.S. is dead last in healthcare quality among first-world countries, according to Wikipedia.org.
Sources: AlterNet.org, New York Times, Ranking America, ADAA.org, International Center for Prison Studies, Wikipedia.org