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Free Health Care & Health Education For The Poor Just Isn’t Enough


The Health Inequality Project recently released a report detailing the life expectancy of Americans in correlation to their income and location. Over the past 16 years, the rich’s longevity has jumped 3 years, but the poorest have stayed exactly the same. So our government, despite some noble efforts, has done little to nothing in their education and health care initiatives to improve life expectancy for the impoverished. Though to the government’s credit, researchers find that regular access to health care doesn’t effect longevity, it is rather influenced by people’s eating and smoking habits.

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Wealth doesn’t just buy you healthy food, access to regular healthcare, and a high level of education. It also buys you peace of mind. Going to a job every day that will most definitely pay all of your bills allows you to easily focus on building healthy habits: exercising and eating fruits and veggies.

The poor just doesn’t have that luxury. Often times their main focus is solely on having enough money to survive. When your primary needs feel impossible to fulfill, it is quite easy to fall into unhealthy habits. Quite frankly, eating your fruits and veggies is last on the priority list when you aren’t sure if you can pay rent that month even if you know how healthy it is.

The government may need to do more than offer health education and free healthcare. Perhaps paying more attention to the emotional stability of the poor and beginning to alleviate their stress would do the trick. But the real question is how in the world would they do that?

Encouragingly enough, studies did show that there were some cities doing a bit better than others to improve life expectancy for the poor. Researchers claim that the key is to find the right programs or specific steps to improve overall habits and public health.

If only it were just that simple.

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To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit

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