Two Americas

This is extremely worrying:

The decline among the least educated non-Hispanic whites, who make up a shrinking share of the population, widened an already troubling gap. The latest estimate shows life expectancy for white women without a high school diploma was 73.5 years, compared with 83.9 years for white women with a college degree or more. For white men, the gap was even bigger: 67.5 years for the least educated white men compared with 80.4 for those with a college degree or better.

There really are two Americas and the difference isn’t just monetary, there is also large differences in health–people with less education have decreasing access to a good-paying job, less access to healthcare, almost no access to a pension outside of Social Security. There have suggestions that the retirement age for Social Security should be increased which would make the retirement age higher than the average life expectancy of this group (really we would need to see the breakdown of life expectancy at different ages to see how bad this really is). Fun times.

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