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.

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