A week ago, I posted a series of maps that illustrated the geographical overlaps between the lack of health insurance coverage in the United States and historical slave states, high rates of poverty, and Republican politics.
Now I can add another (from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York): the dispersion of life expectancy across counties in 2007.
We can see, for example, the counties that are colored light gold are in the bottom 20 percent of the life expectancy distribution, which ranges from 69.9 years to 75.2 years. They are, for the most part, the same regions that lack health insurance coverage, were slave states, have higher rates of poverty, and are predominantly Republican.
Maybe, just maybe, there’s a connection. . .