The CDC reports for the first time on the wide disparities between racial groups. The conclusions are no surprise. The poor, less-educated and uninsured have shorter, sicker lives.
It is at least heartening that two fairly recent pieces of legislation, the 1994 Vaccines for Children program, paying for impoverished children’s immunizations, and the 1975 earned-income tax credit, motivating the poverty-stricken to find jobs, have significantly narrowed the gap. This is a big clue to how a national healthcare system can be effective.