America is (Slightly) More than the Sum of Her Parts

The clueless press is at it again. Popular outlets are reporting on a paper published in The Lancet, a medical journal, concerning country-by-country life expectancy projections made by some researchers. Both the popular and academic authors note that the U.S. is well behind most other high-income countries, and that it is forecast to fall even further behind by 2030. They attribute this to silly superficial causes like health reimbursement policies and a need for (ever more) socially liberal wealth-redistribution programs.

This is intellectually lazy left-wing political agitation masquerading as science.

I took a step back and thought about the question from the ground-up: These authors compare America to places like South Korea, Japan, France and Spain. But isn’t Diversity our Strength? Isn’t America populated by a mix of people from all these countries, and several others besides?

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