SPI produces the report to help policymakers address their most pressing public policy challenges.
Michael Green, the CEO behind the SPI said, “[the U.S.] is failing to address basic human needs, equip citizens to improve their quality of life, protect the environment, and provide opportunityfor everyone to make personal choices and reach their full potential,” according to Bloomberg magazine.
Second tier countries often perform well on issues relating to water sanitation and infrastructure but do poorly on issues relating to social unity and civic issues. Countries that do well in those metrics are called, “very high social progress” nations.
The U.S. performed poorly in “Health and Wellness” and “Tolerance And Inclusion”. A nation’s social progress is not necessarily correlated to GDP. Two nations can have similar GDP but have entirely different ways of redistributing it.
The U.S. lacks a universal health care system, unlike other industrial or post-industrial economies.
Access to the U.S. health care system is often predicated on having private health insurance (which can be very costly) or wealth. The American health system has seen progress since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, but it is highly possible that Republicans will be successful in repealing it.
In terms of inclusion and social coherence, the U.S. has regressed from where it was even recently.
American is changing, but it isn’t for the better.