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    What the dip in US life expectancy is really about: inequality

    This is just one of the adverse effects of income inequality caused by trickle down.

    Living in the US increasingly looks like a health risk. Average life expectancy here dropped for the second year in a row, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The grim trend stems from a toxic mixture of more drug- and alcohol-related deaths and more heart disease and obesity in many parts of the country. And it puts Americans at a higher risk of early death compared to their counterparts in other wealthy countries.
    But what’s often lost in the conversation about the uptick in mortality here is that this trend isn’t affecting all Americans. In fact, there’s one group in the US that’s actually doing better than ever: the rich. While poor and middle-class Americans are dying earlier these days, the wealthiest among us are enjoying unprecedented longevity.

    So when we talk about life expectancy slipping, what we should also talk about is the growing problem of health inequality in America. And it’s an increasingly urgent discussion, health researchers are warning, because of policy changes on the horizon that are poised to make the mortality gap even wider.

    Some of these policies will hamper access to medical care (such as failing to fund CHIP, the health insurance program for low-income children) but others that aren’t even directly related to health care — like tax cuts — may have even more insidious effects on the American mortality gap.
    Right now, there are several policies on the horizon that are not only expected to hamper health care access, but exacerbate income inequality — and widen the life expectancy disparity, David Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund, says. Blumenthal has written about the potential effects of the tax bill, which passed through the Senate in December, on low- and middle-income Americans in particular, and how it’ll disproportionately ding them while rich Americans and corporations will enjoy tax breaks:

    If the Senate tax legislation becomes law, Americans earning less than $75,000 would face higher taxes on average by 2027, according to the Joint Commission on Taxation’s estimates of the bill’s distributional effects. The bill has varying effects on different income groups in different years, but consistently cuts taxes for the richest Americans. For example, individuals earning less than $10,000 would see their federal taxes go up on average by $182 each year until 2027. People earning a million dollars or more would, on average, see their taxes fall by $6,800 annually over the next decade.

    Blumenthal told Vox, “We can expect ... to see the gap in life expectancy and health care outcomes between low- and high-income Americans grow in coming years if gaps in income increase.”
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    People should be embarrassed for our country. Instead they think income inequality and the difference in health care and life expectancy between the wealthy and everyone else is a sign of freedom, baby! Freedumb!

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    The life expectancy of a country is dictated by the behaviors, lifestyles, and heterogeneity of the population of a country. Great medical care cannot overcome smoking, obesity, bad diets, automobile accidents, and drug related deaths--which the opiate crisis was caused by Obamacare). These numbers cause the US to have a lower life expectancy than some countries, but regarding survival rates for cancer and heart disease, etc., the US has the best outcomes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tennyson View Post
    The life expectancy of a country is dictated by the behaviors, lifestyles, and heterogeneity of the population of a country. Great medical care cannot overcome smoking, obesity, bad diets, automobile accidents, and drug related deaths--which the opiate crisis was caused by Obamacare). These numbers cause the US to have a lower life expectancy than some countries, but regarding survival rates for cancer and heart disease, etc., the US has the best outcomes.
    Just as I suspected, our lower life expectancy is the fault of Obama....uhhuh
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tennyson View Post
    The life expectancy of a country is dictated by the behaviors, lifestyles, and heterogeneity of the population of a country. Great medical care cannot overcome smoking, obesity, bad diets, automobile accidents, and drug related deaths--which the opiate crisis was caused by Obamacare). These numbers cause the US to have a lower life expectancy than some countries, but regarding survival rates for cancer and heart disease, etc., the US has the best outcomes.
    If you can afford it.

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    What a country!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    People should be embarrassed for our country. Instead they think income inequality and the difference in health care and life expectancy between the wealthy and everyone else is a sign of freedom, baby! Freedumb!
    You do realize job growth is good not to mention a rise in wages, right? Its my understanding these wage increases don't include those bonuses some are getting. Make no mistake it's not nearly enough after three decades but it's better than we've seen in years. I can only hope it's the start of a trend.

    U.S. Adds 200,000 Jobs; Wages Rise by Most Since Recession
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Just as I suspected, our lower life expectancy is the fault of Obama....uhhuh
    CMS Finalizes Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Changes to Better Support Hospitals and Physicians and Improve Patient Care

    Today’s final rule would address physicians’ and other health care providers’ concerns that patient survey questions about pain management in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program unduly influence prescribing practices. While there is no empirical evidence of such an effect, we are finalizing the removal of the pain management dimension of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey for purposes of the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program to eliminate any financial pressure clinicians may feel to overprescribe medications. CMS continues to believe that pain control is an appropriate part of routine patient care that hospitals should manage, and is an important concern for patients, their families, and their caregivers. CMS is continuing the development and field testing of alternative questions related to provider communications and pain, and will solicit comment on these alternatives in future rulemaking.

    Note that the start date coincides with Obamacare.


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    It is absolutely preposterous that Americans have to do this. And shameful.
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    That is inline with the deductable for Obamacare. The article is an indictment on the $6000 dollar out of pocket for Obamacare.

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