“About a third of the estimated 33,000 ‘excess deaths’ that the study says occurred since 2010 were in just four states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Indiana — the first two of which are critical swing states in presidential elections. The state with the biggest percentage rise in death rates among working-age people in this decade — 23.3 percent — is New Hampshire, the first primary state.” In case you needed further evidence that everything is political, premature death has been added to the list. But one thing that both parties can agree on: A drop in American life expectancy for three consecutive years is a bleak reality, and the last thing most observers were expecting. ‘There’s something terribly wrong’: Americans are dying young at alarming rates.