People with more money live longer, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) complained in a speech touting socialism on Wednesday.
The richest Americans live an average of 15 years longer than the poorest because of “unfettered capitalism,” Sanders claimed in an address at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.:
“Here is something quite incredible that tells you all you need to know about the results of unfettered capitalism.
“All of us want to live long, happy and productive lives. But, in America today, the very rich live, on average, 15 years longer than the poorest Americans.
“In 2014, for example, in McDowell County, West Virginia, one of the poorest counties in the nation, life expectancy for men was 64 years. In Fairfax County, Virginia, a wealthy county, just 350 miles away, life expectancy for men was 82 years – an 18 year differential. The life expectancy gap for women in the two counties was 12 years.”
As a result of capitalism, the life expectancy for poor and working families “is declining for the first time in modern history,” Sanders claimed:
“In other words, the issue of unfettered capitalism is not just an academic debate. Poverty, economic distress and despair are life-threatening issues for millions of working people in this country.”