How Long You Live May Depend on How Much Money You Make
Life expectancy in modern, affluent societies is supposed to move in only one direction: upward. But that is not what is happening in the United States. The 2010s were the first decade in American history in which life expectancy failed to rise since the federal government began keeping comprehensive mortality statistics in 1900. Then along came Covid-19. In this op-ed, GAI President Richard Jackson examines why America, which was once among the rich world’s longevity leaders, has not become its longevity laggard.