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NC, Southern States: Shorter and sicker lives after age 65

A new report on life expectancy from the federal Centers for Disease Control is troubling for those who care about life and health in NC.  At age 65, people who live in southern states – including NC – can expect to live a shorter time and be sicker during the rest of their lives than people in the rest of the country.  One more reason NC should accept the federal money to expand Medicaid health coverage to 500,000 of our lowest-income workers.

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10 Comments


  1. laura rankin

    July 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Conditions in NC are rapidly deteriorating which will result in a swifter than ever departure for so many already disadvantaged citizens.

  2. Alex

    July 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    When folks reach age 65, they automatically receive Medicare coverage, and are then eligible for Medicaid also if they require nursing home care. I would imagine smoking, high fat foods, obesity, and a love for pork would all contribute to these health issues in NC.

  3. Adam Searing

    July 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    While life expectancy is related to multiple factors, poverty being the biggest, there is little question that having decent health care before you get to age 65 increases your chances of living a healthy life after age 65.

  4. Jack

    July 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Alex, your bias is showing but that’s probably intentional.

  5. Doug Gibson

    July 19, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Because nobody outside of the South smokes, eats high-fat foods, is overweight, or likes pork products.

  6. Alex

    July 19, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Democrats have been doing pork in this state for 100 years.

  7. Tony P

    July 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Right, Alex. SO it’s okay for the republicans to be doing the same wrong?

  8. greg

    July 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Is it Natives or them Damn Yankees dieing early. Don’t want to waste our Good BBQ. LOL Ya’ll worry too much. Go have fun.

  9. Doug Gibson

    July 20, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Wow, Alex, is that the best you can do? You’ll never make the big time like that. Try harder.

  10. Doug

    July 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    You go Alex! Guess they don’t want to own up to the mess they made all these 100+ years of mismanagement. It is ridiculous liberal thinking to believe that 2 years of GOP control is to blame for all the bad things in this state. Too many folks with glass houses throw rocks around here

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