Americans’ life expectancy is at a 20-year low. As a result, the gap in life expectancy between the United States and our global peers is progressively growing wider, according to a new report in the American Journal of Public Health.
For years, progressives have blamed the lack of universal health coverage in the United States for this disparity. But that blame is misplaced. Americans are dying earlier because of social and cultural factors, not because of deficiencies in our healthcare system.
As of 2021, American life expectancy was 77 years. The average across all high-income countries, by contrast, was more than 82 years.