A Massachusetts Institute of Technology study revealed that the richest 1% of American men live 14 years longer than the poorest 1%. The difference is 10 years for women in the same economic category.
A Kaiser Family Foundation report concluded that the United States has the lowest life expectancy at birth among comparable countries. Comparable countries average 82.2 years compared to 78.8 years in the United States.
This longevity gap exists despite the United States spending significantly more money per capita than any comparable country and offering the finest medical care in the world. Possible causes for this gap in longevity are the 29,000,000 million Americans without health insurance and our poverty rate which is one of the highest among the developed nations.
Unfortunately, our elected political leaders, on both sides of the aisle, have chosen to ignore this issue. They should be held morally accountable.
Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.