US Lags Behind 41 Nations in Life Span

According to the associated press, people in 41 countries are living longer than we are.

A baby born in the United States in 2004 will live an average of 77.9 years. That life expectancy ranks 42nd, down from 11th two decades earlier, according to international numbers provided by the Census Bureau and domestic numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Several factors have contributed to the US falling behind other industrialized nations.

A major one is that 45 million Americans lack health insurance, while Canada and many European countries have universal health care, they say.

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