In 1990, 20-year-old white women who had at least a college degree were expected to live to age 81, while those with less than a high-school degree were expected to reach 79, a recent study in Health Affairs found. By 2008, however, that two-year gap had widened to more than 10 years. For 20-year-old white men, the difference grew from five years in 1990 to 13 years in 2008.It's part of a discussion on how the gap affects discussion of entitlement reform:arguing for greater progressivity in any reform of Social Security and Medicare/medicaid reform to offset the gap. He's not particularly focused on causes, mentioning smoking and the effects of education.
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Surprising Unsurprising Fact
Or is it "unsurprising surprising fact"? Maybe the latter, given the evidence for widening inequality in income/wealth in the nation. Anyhow, Peter Orszag writes: