Life expectancy in the United States dropped again. Canadians live longer than people in the United States. Specifically, women and men in Canada live an average of 3 years more than average person in the United States. Why is this the case? There are clear links between mortality rates and the way countries invest in health care and improving social conditions. Canada has done only half as well as Germany while many Countries performed more efficiently including Switzerland, Italy, Austria, New Zealand, Denmark and France. But the US doesn’t want universal health care? Sounds like a death wish to me.

These should be good times. U.S. unemployment is as low as it’s been in nearly 20 years and the nation’s private sector has been adding jobs for the last 8+ years.

But what’s happened to Productivity in the face of stagnant wages in the ‘free market’ economy?

It makes sense to me that we commit suicide and/or take drugs to lower our life expectancy living in a country where productivity is up, wages aren’t and universal health care is a no-no. In a service economy without powerful labor unions people will die sooner. I can vaguely remember going on vacation without my cell phone and computer, but then again I’m getting senile.


Published by Bill Snyder