03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Americans Dying Too Soon: U.S. Behind Other Nations In Preventable Deaths

As Congress presses forward with landmark legislation to revamp the nation's health-care system, lawmakers are grappling with a troubling question:

Are Americans dying too soon? The answer is yes. When it comes to "preventable deaths" -- an array of illnesses and injuries that should not kill at an early age -- the United States trails other industrialized nations and has been falling further behind over the past decade.

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