USA - A Rich Death Trap

Arno Froese

The National Center for Health Statistics alerted Americans to two facts about life and death in the U.S.

The first fact was sadly unsurprising: The coronavirus pandemic killed so many people that U.S. life expectancy fell from roughly 79 in 2019 to 76 in 2021—the largest two-year decline in nearly a century. The drop was sharpest among Native Americans and Alaska Natives, whose life expectancy fell to 65, close to the national average during World War II.

Life expectancy is perhaps the most important statistic on the planet, synthesizing a country’s scientific advances, policy errors, and social sins into a single number.

The second fact was perhaps more alarming: The U.S. fared worse in life expectancy than other high-income countries. While most of the developed world saw conditions improve in the second year of the pandemic, more Americans died of COVID after the introduction of the vaccines than before their invention.

The American mortality mystery clearly goes much deeper than the pandemic, however. The U.S. suffers from a raft of local epidemics that have turned America into the death trap of the wealthy world.

Some of the most immediate causes of America’s high death rate are guns, drugs, and cars. The U.S. has more guns and gun violence than any other rich country. We have more drug-overdose deaths than any other high-income country—both overall and on a per capita basis. Even before the pandemic, life expectancy in the U.S. declined for consecutive years in 2015 and 2016, largely because of the opioid epidemic and drug overdoses. 

This has all been quite gloomy, so let me end with two somewhat optimistic observations. The U.S. has world-class health care in some categories, such as cancer treatments. American men have the lowest rate of deaths from prostate cancer among rich countries, due in part to aggressive screening. And breast-cancer mortality rates are falling faster in the U.S. than in similar nations. These facts suggest that the U.S. is not utterly incompetent but rather selectively competent, and that if we refocus our health-care policies on certain tangible outcomes, we can improve quickly.

Another stunning fact is that immigrants to the U.S. live as long, or longer, than just about any group of people in the world. In fact, foreign-born Americans live so much longer than native-born Americans—seven years longer for men, and 6.2 years longer for women—that immigration alone accounted for roughly half of America’s total life-expectancy gains from 2007 to 2017., 7 September 2022

Arno's Commentary

One thing virtually all progressive countries have in common: foreign-born residents.

Based on, the top five rich, industrialized countries have a foreign-born population percentage as follows: Australia 30.1%, Switzerland 28.8%, Israel 22.6%, Germany 18.8%, and, surprisingly, the US at only 15.3%. Quite interestingly, the foreigner’s destination of choice is clearly Australia, followed by Switzerland and Israel.

There is another item one must take careful notice of, and that is the Word of God. Here a helpful source is Leviticus 19:34 reads: “But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” And the New Testament speaks of strangers: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2).

But there is glorious news for the believer. Ephesians 2:19 documents: “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” From a Biblical perspective, it matters not in which country you live or were born; you are a “stranger and alien.” Yet that’s not the end, for there is a “but”: we are now “fellowcitizens … of the household of God.” We have a future, glorious and unspeakably blissful, and our task is to let His light shine through us, so many who are still in darkness may come to the light and be liberated from the bondage of whatever country they may live in.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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