Thom Hartman had a great segment where he pointed out that societies where inequalities were higher had worse health outcomes. The outline of his show are on his website. He used information from EqualityTrust.org.uk for the information and there is even a video there for those who prefer watching to reading.
Here is a quote from the EqualityTrust:
"Great inequality is the scourge of modern societies. We provide the evidence on each of eleven different health and social problems: physical health, mental health, drug abuse, education, imprisonment, obesity, social mobility, trust and community life, violence, teenage births, and child well-being. For all eleven of these health and social problems, outcomes are very substantially worse in more unequal societies."
The US does close to the bottom in almost every area. And Thom talked about even within the US states that are more unequal also have worse outcomes for these public health issues. Until we have strong parties that stand on this as basic policy we will continue to get the fights that we get for decent wages, health policy, and more.
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