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Noah Smith

How to Help the White Working Class Live Longer

Their European counterparts face the same social and economic stresses. Guaranteed national health care is the only difference.
It shouldn't come to this.

It shouldn't come to this.

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The U.S. white working class is in big trouble. The data is piling up. Economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton have a new paper out, exploring mortality trends in the U.S. The results confirm the finding of their famous 2015 study -- white Americans without college degrees are dying in increasing numbers, even as other groups within and outside of the country live longer. And the negative trends continued over the past year.

The problem appears to be specific to white Americans: