Drs. Ronald Bayer and Amy Fairchild, both Professors of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health urged President Barack Obama to form a National Commission on the Health of Americans in an article in the Aug. 29, 2013, issue of the journal Science to address the socioeconomic causes and inequalities that have made the United States last in recent evaluations of health
The researchers cite evidence in new report by the U. S. National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine that indicate a 40 year history of declining health in the United States that positions the U. S. last in health measurements compared to 17 other economically advanced countries.
The researchers cite a 20 year losing battle against obesity, the second highest incidence of AIDS, the second highest rates of ischemic heart disease, the highest rate of infant mortality, the fact that U. S. citizens lose more years of life to alcohol and other drugs, and higher rates of adverse birth outcomes, heart disease, injuries from motor vehicle accidents and violence, sexually acquired diseases, and chronic lung disease compared to other economically advantaged nations as justification for swift and direct action by President Obama to avert an impending health catastrophe.
The authors note that similar warnings to past administrations have not developed concrete plans that were implemented into any solutions. The researchers also note that no administration has taken socioeconomic health factors into the context of their health care plans or programs to improve the health of the citizens of the United States.