All of a sudden, I don't feel so well.
Life expectancy in the United States has fallen again, especially for white males.
U.S. life expectancy has fallen for the third straight year, to 78.6 years. That's the longest stretch of decline since 1915-1918, when World War I was raging and a flu epidemic took 675,000 American lives.
The Centers for Disease Control report blamed the decline on rising drug addiction and suicide rates. In rural America, the suicide rate is an astounding 20 per 100,000 people, the CDC said. In urban America, it's 11.1 per 100,000.
Thanks, NRA, for making suicide by gun so easy. Thanks, big pharma, for making opioids so available. Thanks, GOP, for cutting Medicaid and mental health services as the suicidal demographic keeps voting for you.
The United States won't have the worst life expectancy numbers among countries at the G-20 meeting in Argentina this weekend. China and Russia are even lower in world rankings.