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Live Free and Die: Americans' Health Even Worse Than You Thought

by Abby Zimet

A new and newly comprehensive study finds Americans have poorer health and shorter lives than 16 other developed countries, ranking dead (sorry) last at all stages of life. Showing that if guns don't get you, fries will, we die at stunningly higher rates from violence - homicide to car accidents - as well as alcohol and drugs, heart disease, lung disease, obesity, and diabetes. We know many of the solutions: affordable health insurance, education, safety net, fewer guns. Also the problems: obstruction from the right.