In this op-ed in the Guardian, Paul MMason writes that there is a vast and growing health inequality between the poor and the well-off, arguing that it’s a reflection of the tilted playing field of life
I respect the evidence that Mason is citing. However, his article is biassed by his own politics which strongly favor socialism and a bigger state to solve the problems.
With more conservative politics, I see things differently. For me, government policy must help people to help themselves. Of course, I agree with proper safety nets for the truly needy.
There are enormous challenges, including education, skills, diet, personal healthcare, work and leisure.
The context of increasing junk-food availability needs addressing too.
The economic outlook is for fewer traditional jobs on the back of increasing technology. So governments need policies to keep people active, healthy and as net contributors to society.