We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, March 18, 2017

USA life expectancy vs. health expenditure 1970-2014 compared to other OECD nations

Click here to access article by economist David Ruccio from Real-World Economics Review Blog.

Ruccio uses data from solid sources to show how the US has the most expensive health care system but delivers the worst results in various measures of health. Worst finding of all is that because of the US emphasis of privatized health care, the rich top 5% live nearly 15 years longer than the bottom 1% of income earners.