As I was frantically refreshing my schools portal to find out my final marks, I stumbled upon an interesting article on Bloomberg. The article introduces the fact that living up to age 100 is possible now, but for those who are wealthy enough to afford it. It also goes onto say that many Americans are dying younger and younger, particularly middle-aged non Hispanic white Americans.
The article suggests that the potential reasoning for why Americans are dying younger, is the widening gap between the wealthy and poor. According to a recent study that's used throughout the article;
The results are stark. In 1980, a 50-year-old man in the wealthiest fifth of the income distribution could expect to live five years longer than a 50-year-old man in the lowest-income group. By 2010, the gap between them had jumped to 12.7 years.
The researcher in charge of the report that's cited throughout the article, claims that;
In 1980, a wealthier 50-year-old could expect to collect $103,000 more than a poor American. Thirty years later, the gap was $173,000. "These results suggest that Social Security is becoming significantly less progressive over time due to the widening gap in life expectancy," the researchers write.
Lastly, the author presents possible alternatives as to why this trend is being observed. The author writes that;
Some cite rising levels of substance abuse, obesity, and suicide. Others point to the ways economic inequality drive health inequality. The cost of good health care has skyrocketed, even for people who are technically covered by insurance.
What does everyone think?
Could it be rising obesity levels, or maybe because the cost of healthcare is too steep?