Infant Mortality Comparison

If Austin’s going to ask you to help, so will I.  I’d like to hear arguments against the following:

Many people have told me that infant mortality used to be higher in Canada than in the US, but since the passage of (Canadian) Medicare, that hasn’t been the case.  The chart above, which I made from OECD data, would tend to agree.

I know the usual knocks against infant mortality as a population metric of quality.  But I’d like to hear a good alternate explanation (if one exists) for the trend you see above.  Links to evidence or data supporting your theory will get you extra points.

If no one comes up with one, would this change anyone’s mind about the effect of health insurance on infant mortality?

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