Just saw this:
Life Expectancy To Break 90 Barrier By 2030, BBC, 22 Feb 2017
The 90 barrier will be broken in South Korea, not here in the US. In fact, among 35 industrialized countries:
The US performs poorly and is on course to have the lowest life expectancy of rich countries by 2030.
“[The US is] almost opposite of South Korea,” added Prof Ezzati [author of the study].
Why are people in the US dying at younger ages than in 34 other industrialized nations?
“[Society in the US is] very unequal to an extent the whole national performance is affected – it is the only country without universal health insurance.
Prof Ezzati said: “Places that perform well do so by investing in their health system and making sure it reaches everyone.”
Here’s the study, along with an excerpt about the US:
Future Life Expectancy In 35 Industrialised Countries: Projections With A Bayesian Model Ensemble, The Lancet, 21 February 2017
Notable among poor-performing countries is the USA, whose life expectancy at birth is already lower than most other high-income countries, and is projected to fall further behind such that its 2030 life expectancy at birth might be similar to the Czech Republic for men, and Croatia and Mexico for women. The USA has the highest child and maternal mortality, homicide rate, and body-mass index of any high-income country, and was the first of high-income countries to experience a halt or possibly reversal of increase in height in adulthood, which is associated with higher longevity. The USA is also the only country in the OECD without universal health coverage, and has the largest share of unmet health-care needs due to financial costs. Not only does the USA have high and rising health inequalities, but also life expectancy has stagnated or even declined in some population subgroups. Therefore, the poor recent and projected US performance is at least partly due to high and inequitable mortality from chronic diseases and violence, and insufficient and inequitable health care.
Also: “South Korea … has some of the lowest obesity rates in the world.”
I’m glad we will soon have coverage for everybody:
Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan
Trump gets down to business on 60 Minutes
I disagree. It’s just another lie. He promises universal health care? yeah right.
I agree with you.
This all makes me very tired. Please tell me it’s been longer than a month!