Falling Behind: United States “Second Tier” Country in Well-being

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Trump my have promised to “Make America Great Again,” but the country is trailing other Western democracies when it comes to a number of quality of life metrics.

Institutional discrimination, lack of environmental protections, and poor access to healthcare have diminished the United States’ well-being ranking, according to the Social Progress Imperative.

In the nonprofit’s latest report, the introduction reads:

We want to measure a country’s health and wellness achieved, not how much effort is expended, nor how much the country spends on healthcare.

The United States ranked 18 among other developed countries based on 50 metrics gauging quality of life. Norway, Denmark, and Iceland held the top three spots.

Social Progress Imperative Chief Executive Michael Green explained the United States’ dismal ranking, stating that the country…

is failing to address basic human needs, equip citizens to improve their quality of life, protect the environment, and provide opportunity for everyone to make personal choices and reach their full potential.

As Republicans gear up to ram the American Healthcare Act through, stripping millions of health insurance in the process, expect the nation’s general well-being to decline even further.

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