Sanders highlights differences in life expectancy

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is highlighting a new report from an arm of the National Academies that says Americans in some neighborhoods have lower life expectancies than people living in countries like Ethiopia and Sudan.

Sanders, chairman of the Senate subcommittee on aging, held a hearing Wednesday to discuss the disparities in life expectancy between regions of the United States and even neighborhoods within cities.

He cited a report by the Institute of Medicine that found Americans have shorter life expectancies than people in 16 other high-income countries.

Sanders cited poorer parts of the United States, including some rural counties and inner city neighborhoods, saying parts of Boston and Baltimore have a lower life expectancy than Ethiopia and Sudan. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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