Life Expectancy

I find it interesting that all the financial magazines I read talk about how life expectancy is going up in the US.  They talk about the need to plan for 30+ years of retirement money. 

At the same time, all the healthcare articles I read talk about life expectancy in the US (although at an all-time high) dramatically lags behind 41 other countries…even though we spend the most on healthcare.  You can read the AP article here.  It makes some interesting points blaming the difference on obesity (2/3 of Americans are overweight), the fact that we have 47M uninsured Americans, and our horrible rate of infant mortality (6.8 out of 1,000).

Here is the chart from the article:

Life Expectancy - AP

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