The rise in working-age mortality rates in the United States in recent decades largely reflects stalled declines in cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality alongside rising mortality from alcohol-induced causes, suicide, and drug poisoning; and it has been especially severe in some U.S. states.
Building on recent work, this study examined whether U.S. state policy contexts may be a central explanation. We modeled the associations between working-age mortality rates and state policies during 1999 to 2019.
We used annual data from the 1999–2019 National Vital Statistics System to calculate state-level age-adjusted mortality rates for deaths from all causes and from CVD, alcohol-induced causes, suicide, and drug poisoning among adults ages 25–64 years.
We merged that data with annual state-level data on eight policy domains, such as labor and taxes, where each domain was scored on a 0–1 conservative-to-liberal continuum. Results show that the policy domains were associated with working-age mortality
Especially strong associations were observed between certain domains and specific causes of death: between the gun safety domain and suicide mortality among men, between the labor domain and alcohol-induced mortality, and between both the economic tax and tobacco tax domains and CVD mortality.
Simulations indicate that changing all policy domains in all states to a fully liberal orientation might have saved 171,030 lives in 2019, while changing them to a fully conservative orientation might have cost 217,635 lives.
“If a state policy maker were to say to me, ‘it’s unfair to criticize my state because I have a low-educated, low income population,’ I would ask them, ‘why do you have a low-educated, low-income population?’ It’s because of your policy.” https://t.co/xWfZDkPUzw@AdriannaUSAT
Both their senators and all their Republican representatives in the House voted against aid for the last hurricane. They shouldn’t get any then. If they don’t like that, then they should vote for representatives who agree with them. They shouldn’t get to vote against funding, then take the funding, then brag about getting the funding for their constituents. I feel like I have walked through the looking glass. I can’t believe this is what our country is now and all of it aided and abetted by the media, even the “liberal” outlets.
I just read a report that proved that many people would rather die “free” than wear a mask. Many people would prefer go without health care and die than obtain universal health care “because I don’t want my tax dollars going to welfare queens and mexicans.” Many people would prefer dying early of a heart attack than not eat meat.
I was shocked/not shocked to read this. This shows a severe mental illness among people who believe their lives are worth less than their ideology and their imaginary notion of freedom.
Related: Donald Trump is, literally, a mass-murderer.
Medical experts have carefully studied the data and have concluded that had Trump, in 2020, urged people to take the Covid-prevention steps urged by the CDC and others, countless thousands of American lives could have been saved. Instead, the monster downplayed or ignored vaccinations, face masks and social distancing.
I remember having a discussion online with a self proclaimed right to life Christian, who objected to any and all Covid restrictions. As far as he was concerned, if people would get sick and die, that was their look out, not his. He had money to make.
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Similar statistics are evident when looking at working age mortality by country. In general liberal nations have lower mortality
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Hello Barry. That is understandable. Liberal governments put government resources into helping the public and creating quality life for the population. In the US the conservative government / politicians have worked hard to make sure the government never works for the good of the public or the people but always serves the desires of the wealthy / big business. The pain of the people is music to the ears of the wealthy. Best wishes.