Our findings confirm that legislation to expand Medicaid coverage led to substantial increases in the proportion of pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid in the two study States; however, the effects on access to care and health outcomes in our study were inconsistent. In South Carolina the expansion of Medicaid was associated with a small improvement in timely initiation of prenatal care but no apparent improvement in the outcomes of care."
This info could help explain why the international statistics on life expectancy usually show the USA quite a way down from the top on the list of countries.
(I believe any competent demographer will tell you that statistics on “life expectancy at birth” are heavily biased by infant mortality rates.)
While I may tend to believe your stat, can you point me to some statistical site that supports your statement?