Well, for poor white folks. Maybe this is the news that will finally turn the tide toward support of health care reforms among the rural/southern white Republican base. It's hard to stress enough how bad this news is, not only for poor white people, but also for the global reputation of health care in the U.S. Keep in mind, the health care picture has always been pretty bad for poor black people. But now, I think it's clear we have a serious national public health problem. Here's the bad news: sharp decrease in life expectancy for whites lacking a high school diploma "The steepest declines were for white women without a high school diploma, who lost five years of life between 1990 and 2008...The five-year decline for white women rivals the catastrophic seven-year drop for Russian men in the years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. There's something to be proud of. "The latest estimate shows life expectancy for white women without a high school diploma was 73.5 years, compared with 83.9 years for white women with a college degree or more. For white men, the gap was even bigger: 67.5 years for the least educated white men compared with 80.4 for those with a college degree or better. " causes include "rising obesity, and a steady increase in the number of the least educated Americans who lack health insurance." As an aside, the trendline in diabetes and pre-diabetes in the U.S., projected out to 2030 (from a CDC presentation I attended not too long ago), is one of the most frightening graphs I have ever seen. "The dropping life expectancies have helped weigh down the United States in international life expectancy rankings, particularly for women. In 2010, American women fell to 41st place, down from 14th place in 1985, in the United Nations rankings. Among developed countries, American women sank from the middle of the pack in 1970 to last place in 2010" "Non-Hispanic whites currently make up 63 percent of the population of the United States." Granted, these are part of the 47% who don't take responsibility for their lives and feel they're entitled to food. A lot of food. A whole lot of food. And you can see the results. But, let's not forget; they are white. Although on the other hand, it is only women who have been hit hardest. That is one mitigating factor.