The top quarter of American income earners can expect to live a decade longer than the bottom quarter , medical research shows. This health disparity seems downright cruel. Not only do those in poverty have to pay more for things like credit and insurance, they also pay more years to the Grim Reaper.
Unlike income inequality, transferring years of life from the rich to the poor is not a feasible option. To find a real solution, we must know what drives the inequity.
Could disparate medical attention be the cause?
The upper crust has access to (and inspires the creation of) cutting-edge medical treatment that the poor cannot afford. Healthcare is expensive, so it stands to reason that the rich would end up with more of it in our current system. Though this is an intuitive theory, it collapses when we learn that there is also a comparable difference in life expectancy between the rich and poor even in countries where access to care is identical. In the German city of Hamburg, for instance, the life expectancy gap between the richest and poorest neighborhoods is 13 years—despite equal access to the exact same medical facilities. It’s clear solutions to complex problems like health inequity cannot be reduced to sound bites such as ‘free healthcare for all.’ Fortunately, a thorough body of research has already solved this puzzle. By comparing health outcomes in US counties with demographic characteristics of the residents, numerous studies have shown which characteristics correlate with longer lives. In one frequently cited study in T he American Journal of Preventive Medicine , researchers determined that four groups of factors had a significant impact on life expectancy and other measures of health.
Socioeconomic factors such as unemployment, violent crime, and lack of social support explain 47 percent of the worse health of the poor. While unstable families and unemployment do not kill people directly, they are connected to mental health problems and stress-triggered conditions like heart disease. Unhealthy behaviors such as poor diet, substance abuse, and risky sexual activity explain 34 percent of the rougher health of the poor. The smallest notable […]
We Often Feel Like David Taking on Giants
Today’s Goliath is the Mainstream Media Industrial Complex that brainwashes the masses.
Our mission is very straightforward: To counter the false narratives and nefarious agendas destroying America today. It isn’t easy for obvious reasons; despite incredible growth over the last year we are still a very tiny fish in a huge media pond. But we’re fighting and we will continue to do so, Lord willing, for as long as we possibly can. The battle for America’s present and future is too important for us to back down to the giants that stand in our way.
We need help. I don’t want to say “desperately,” but the need is definitely great. If you have the means, please donate through our GivingFuel page, PayPal, or our Substack page. Your generosity is what keeps these sites running and allows us to get the truth to the masses. We’ve had great success in growing but we know we can do more with your assistance.
Thank you, and God Bless!