Larry Adelman

Is inequality making us sick?

Health care doesn't affect what makes us ill in the first place

OPINION The rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and the middle class gets squeezed. It's gone on so long, we hardly get angry anymore. But we do get sick.

Several recent studies indicate that the life expectancy gap between the most and least deprived Americans has widened since the early 1980s, paralleling the growing economic inequality during the same period. And, if the past is an accurate gauge, today's economic crisis will only make things worse.

The wealth-health gradient is evident everywhere, even here in San Francisco. Read more »