NYT: Life Expectancy Shrinking Among Poor Whites
One of the most curious aspects to the opposition of Obamacare by the right is how many of those screaming the loudest are poor whites who would benefit from the program. Some of the poorest white people are the most strongly opposed to Obamacare. And a New York Times article says that lack of health care is part of the reason that the life expectancy among poor whites is shrinking:
For generations of Americans, it was a given that children would live longer than their parents. But there is now mounting evidence that this enduring trend has reversed itself for the country’s least-educated whites, an increasingly troubled group whose life expectancy has fallen by four years since 1990. …The reasons for the decline remain unclear, but researchers offered possible explanations, including a spike in prescription drug overdoses among young whites, higher rates of smoking among less educated white women, rising obesity, and a steady increase in the number of the least educated Americans who lack health insurance.
We’re used to looking at groups and complaining that their mortality rates haven’t improved fast enough, but to actually go backward is deeply troubling,” said John G. Haaga, head of the Population and Social Processes Branch of the National Institute on Aging.
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