Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Health Irony Of Romney And The 47%

Mitt Romney released his medical records yesterday. They show what one would expect for a man who has all of the benefits wealth can provide:
Mitt Romney is a “vigorous man” who has “reserves of strength, energy and stamina that provide him with the ability to meet unexpected demands,” his personal physician wrote in a letter released by the campaign on Friday.
Yesterday's New York Times points out an interesting irony. The people that Romney despises, the 47% composed of people like my mother who at age 78 still cleans the local bank for a little extra money, are living shorter lives than the poor of previous generations:
Researchers have long documented that the most educated Americans were making the biggest gains in life expectancy, but now they say mortality data show that life spans for some of the least educated Americans are actually contracting. Four studies in recent years identified modest declines, but a new one that looks separately at Americans lacking a high school diploma found disturbingly sharp drops in life expectancy for whites in this group. . . .
The steepest declines were for white women without a high school diploma, who lost five years of life between 1990 and 2008, said S. Jay Olshansky, a public health professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the lead investigator on the study, published last month in Health Affairs. By 2008, life expectancy for black women without a high school diploma had surpassed that of white women of the same education level, the study found.s not involved in the new research said its findings were persuasive.
People claim Romney is not a cruel man. If not cruel, he is at least callous to consider people experiencing shortened life spans a plague on society and moochers. He is contemptuous of those who do the labor that makes his life of ease and health possible.








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