There is a downturn in life expectancy in America, but it’s not across the board. Rather, the problem is clustered in certain states. A new JAMA study drilled down to get specifics.
“In 2016, the 10 states with the highest probability of premature death among 20- to 55-year-olds were West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arkansas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
Meanwhile, the 10 states with lowest probability of premature death among this age group were Minnesota, California, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Hawaii.”
The pattern here jumps right out. The states where health outcomes are poor and life expectancy is declining are red, and voted for Trump. and against the ACA. The healthier states are blue.
And yet it’s the red states that are holding tenaciously to their cultural and tribal mores, and fiercely defending Trump.