The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Capitalism’s Failure:
Declining Life Expectancy

Oct 16, 2023

Will you live into your 80s? Or will you die of a chronic disease before you reach retirement? Not surprising, studies show life expectancy is going down in the U.S. But not for everyone.

Those with less money have less access to doctors, have less money for medical expenses, and live in areas where school completion rates are lower, where college students often don’t finish a degree, where good-paying jobs have left, and where pensions are rare. As a result, the life spans of poor people and many working class people are getting shorter.

One study showed that people without a college degree were more likely to die in their prime working years, between 25 and 65, than those with college degrees. Those without degrees are more likely to die from opioid overdoses and chronic diseases like obesity, hypertension, and diabetes.

These inequalities in health care in the United States are a result of living in a capitalist society. Health care is all about making a profit, just like every other business. If you are wealthy, you can have the best health care money can buy. If you are not wealthy....

Good luck! Good health care is a privilege and a luxury in the United States.