From the ‘we’ve come a long way’ file: an African-American man in Mississippi currently has a shorter life expectancy than an average American did in 1960. Whoa.

The Context Of Things

However you choose to slice it, the health care situation in the United States is a bit of a wreck, to be sure. The Commonwealth Fund just released some detailed rankings of health care performance state-by-state, and then the main authors of that research went deeper into their scorecard system in a post for the American Medical Association. Regardless, it’s all summarized at The Atlantic, and let’s go into a few key points. 

1. Because we all love to rank things, the top states are Minnesota (1), with Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire tying for second. That’s generally unsurprising; with the exception of perhaps the Boston metro, all of those are family-oriented, relatively low-cost-of-living places with more white people than minorities. Truth be told, that’s going to give you better scores on any type of health care ranking. The bottom of the list? Mississippi is last, and Louisiana…

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