The Insightful Troll

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America Is Failing at a Fundemental Mission

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The Washington Post on the falling life expectancy of the US population:

The United States is failing at a fundamental mission — keeping people alive.

After decades of progress, life expectancy — long regarded as a singular benchmark of a nation’s success — peaked in 2014 at 78.9 years, then drifted downward even before the coronavirus pandemic. Among wealthy nations, the United States in recent decades went from the middle of the pack to being an outlier. And it continues to fall further and further behind.

A year-long Washington Post examination reveals that this erosion in life spans is deeper and broader than widely recognized, afflicting a far-reaching swath of the United States.

The frustrating thing is that the number one reason for this decline are completely preventable and manageable - chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and liver disease are the leading causes of death for people 35 to 64. This isn’t surprising - especially in a country where healthcare is prioritized over the health of its citizens.

America is failing to live up to its promise to the as stated by the United States Constitution in its opening line:

We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Promote the general welfare – our for profit health care systems need to be overhauled.