While there is a focus here on white Americans, Life Expectancy for Less Educated Whites in U.S. Is Shrinking – NYTimes.com, the fact that life expectancy for ANY group in the U.S. is inexcusable. Women in particular have been hit hard. Key quote:
The five-year decline for white women rivals the catastrophic seven-year drop for Russian men in the years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, said Michael Marmot, director of the Institute of Health Equity in London.
It’s not a small thing: it’s comparable to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
American society as a whole is suffering badly. This is a key indicator of it, and a signifigant sign more dramatic changes need to occur.