Do We Really Need Health Care Reform?

I’m not convinced.

Everyone’s talking about the ‘‘Affordable Health Care for America Act’’, H. R. 3962, that passed through the house of representatives yesterday with a very narrow vote of 219-212 according to  I’m not so sure state representatives actually acted in accordance with their constituents wishes to pass this measure. I’m not convinced that our current economic situation can handle this change with it’s magnanimous spending. I’m not convinced this is the right answer.

What I do know, is that America is sick and we need change. I can’t help but wonder, since I work off of logic and a rational ‘connect the dots’ thought pattern, that we’re going about the wrong kind of change here. This is a great country, but a country that always misses the point. We’ve become extremely good at hitting the bullseye of the wrong target and this topic is no exception.

I learned about cause and effect early on in my education and it seems logical to me, that in order to solve a problem you must eliminate the cause.

So what caused health care costs to spiral out of control?

Diet. Pure and simple, it’s the way we eat.

With growing populations and the demand for cheaper food, big business has stepped in and given us what we demanded. However, this comes at a very high price. Food production has become mechanized to efficiently produce more at lower costs. Which means we are eating more processed, chemically laden, anti-foods then ever before. We now live in a country where High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) reins supreme and we can buy 2-3 (900 calories) cheeseburgers for the price of a pound of broccoli (154 calories).

We’ve made it a cheaper, easier, more accessible option to eat crap. So people do.

We eat huge quantities of sugar, corn, soy, wheat, chemicals, and we get cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. We suffer from strokes, high blood pressure, obesity, and heart attacks and in response our insurance gets more expensive.

Insurance has never been the most logical program, directly defying the law of supply and demand,  if you use it it gets more expensive. We all know that’s how insurance works, so why is it so incredibly appalling that insurance has become so expensive that some people can’t afford it? Anyone could have predicted this would happen given the state of the American diet and the positive trend in increased health concerns due to that diet.


So now I’m just confused, why are we subsidizing health care and corn instead of subsidizing exercise programs, fresh produce,  and school lunches?

Sound off, give me your thoughts, opinions, concerns, gripes, moans and groans in the comments.

5 thoughts on “Do We Really Need Health Care Reform?”

  • That’s great, but diet is not going to keep you from getting hit by a bus. And when you rule out the dietary causes of cancer you are still faced with the industrial pollution-related causes that nobody seems interested in doing much about. Efforts to legislate in that area are still met with protests that we must let the “free market” solve everything. Funny, that hasn’t worked out so hot so far, any more than the “free market” has solved rape, theft, or murder.

    People still need health care even if we make all the right choices for diet (and sleep, as it seems to be shaping up–that plays a huge role too). And the simple fact is that most people can’t afford health care without some help.

    Do we need to reform how health care is paid for? I think so. I think fee-for-service needs to die a nasty, brutish death. We also need to rethink the way we pay for medical training in this country–doctors wouldn’t need to charge so much if they didn’t have to pay so much for medical school.

    But we can’t wait til we figure out those things before we make it easier for everyone to get to the doctor when they need it.

    Not that I think Obamacare is the best answer. I think we should go straight to single-payer. I think it is long past time we extended Medicare to everybody. The savings in admin costs alone would make up for the increased expense in the federal budget. The Department of Defense already does something like this for military servicemembers and their families–to the tune of less than one-fifth of their total budget, which is pretty damn impressive if you ask me.

    All I know is the status quo was not working. And it was not all about heart attacks and diabetes, no matter how much the fattie-bashers want you to believe otherwise.

    I also think of health care as a national defense issue. More of us die from diseases and non-combat injuries than die from war. Yet it’s OK to fund a standing army which, by the way, is way more expensive even than Obamacare.

    I don’t get it. But something’s gotta give, and people are going to scream “socialism” no matter which way we “reform” things so I figure any change in the right direction is better than none.

    It’s not fair that I had health security for the first 25 years of my life and only did something to earn it for two and a half years, while others never have that perk because they haven’t been connected to the military at all.

    My two cents and your mileage may vary.

  • Oh, and, I might also point out that just because Medicare is a government program doesn’t mean the government’s telling doctors how to do their jobs. There may be some guidance on best practices but as long as docs aren’t defrauding the system, they bill the government and they get paid.

    Health Canada has a similar system. And that’s what I’d like to see here. It isn’t a government takeover so much as a government bankrolling.

  • Wow, Dana!

    Thanks for your input. These are the types of discussions that I think need to happen.

    I don’t think there has been enough discourse on this subject for long enough. I’m glad to see the American people fired up about something. That way, hopefully, they’ll be heard!

  • The shorter version of what I want to say is, it REALLY sucks when your health plan is ‘Don’t Get Sick’.

    I remember my sister-in-law and brother-in-law working like dogs–but because she was a waitress and he had his own body shop, they didn’t have health insurance.

    I remember hearing Rush Limbaugh complaining about Clinton’s health care proposals and saying bah, we don’t need it! And thinking, of course you don’t need it, you can afford the best quadruple bypass money can buy!

    I arrived at low-carb about two weeks ago, thanks to “Good Calories, Bad Calories”. And I’d love, LOVE for all Americans to eat in a genuinely healthy manner. I think it would save us MILLIONS in health care costs, preventing absenteeism, improving productivity and creativity, improving gas mileage (remember reading about more body weight costing miles per gallon?) and and and…

    And yet as Dana pointed out, even if we’re all FIT! there’s that ReaperBus. Even if you’re doing everything right, there’s that doofus who just has to update his FaceBook page while he’s driving and sails through the red light all unawares. Flash floods, hurricanes, earthquakes.

    Haves and have nots? Hopefully, *not any more*!

  • Great post.

    You don’t break what isn’t broken to fix what is.

    You don’t take good healthcare away from those who have it to give mediocre care to all (Check out the much-touted Canadian and European healthcare systems).

    You don’t screw over the many to barely care for the few.

    You just don’t.

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