US life expectancy continues to plummet, but not because of inadequate health care
By Ethan A. Huff|Natural News
A new report published in the journal Health Affairs says the U.S. has dropped to 49th place in overall life expectancy among the nations of the world. The report blames the nation’s failing health care system and lack of universal health coverage as the culprit. But the true causes of America’s poor health include things like its broken food system, overuse of chemical pesticides, and dependence on pharmaceutical drugs — all of which are poisoning the population and the environment, and lowering lifespans.
In 1999, the World Health Organization (WHO) ranked the U.S. 24th in the world for overall life expectancy. But over the past decade, that ranking has dropped 25 spots, and experts have been scrambling to come up with an answer as to why this is the case.
Authors of a recent study allege that the “uniquely inefficient” health care system in the U.S. is to blame, and in a sense they are right. The U.S. health care system promotes disease rather than health. But on the other hand, the authors miss the point because their sentiment seems to suggest that universal health will solve the problem when, in reality, it will only make it worse.