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Healthcare Revolution

Europe is able to have successful and affordable Healthcare, so why can’t we. Well, the answer might be right on the tip of our tongues. We have an obesity rate of 64.5% vs. a 27% and 38% obesity rate for European females and males, respectively. (The European obesity rate is increasing at an alarming rate due to what I believe is due to poorer nutrition, the increase of fast food chains, and to many extents, the McDonaldization of Society, where quality is substituted for quantity). I found a brilliant analysis of the single problem we have with Healthcare and what must be done to change it in this Op-Ed piece in the New York Times. The author, Michael Pollan points out that the single biggest problem with Healthcare is not the system itself but America’s food industry, “a second even more powerful industry,” even more powerful than Insurance. The American diet most clearly leads to health problems in the future.  Super size meals, dollar menus, pound burritos, pretty much everything the Fast Food Industry puts on the table is fodder for the Healthcare industry. Even the salads and healthier food they have put on the menu aren’t as healthy as they appear to be. A salad with heavy dressing is over 1000 calories (like a Chipotle Burrito), and most people, because they think salad is healthy will get fries to complement said salad. You can thank the drive thru for that Type 2 diabetes as well as the fact that you have no insurance. And sure, to an lower to average income American eating 3 burgers, fries and a soda for as much as you would pay for a cup of fruit and a bagel is very tempting. What must be done aside from fixing the Healthcare system of its flaws is to tackle the giant food system and the American way of eating. By providing Americans with cost-effective and healthy eating, we will decrease the burden we are putting on the Healthcare system. If we get the health insurance industry involved in the fight over the farm bill, which they certainly will because they see the profits in having a healthy population, then we can see a true step forward for Healthcare Reform and cutting Healthcare costs.  While Pollan believes the fight should be between “Big Food and Big Insurance,” I also believe that the Healthcare Industry will side with Big Food since it throws money their way.   It looks like a we have a battle of the bigs, I hope us little ones just don’t get lost in the fog.

President Obama’s Healthcare Speech Real Time Updates

Get ready, come 8 o’clock Eastern Time, live updates will be rolling through the wires covering President Obama’s Address To Congress.  You’re not gonna want to miss this.  8pm- First Lady Obama enters into the House    8:11- The President Finally Arrives to warm applause   8:16– Speaker of The House Pelosi Announces The President of the United States   8:18 Describes that a recovery is many months away, declares he will not let up until those seeking jobs will find them  8:18 1/2 “Pulled this economy back from the brink,” only Democrats rise in applause  8:19 Issue of Healthcare, Determined to be the last President to take up Healthcare, again Democrats only stand  8:20 A History Lesson on Healthcare by Obama    8:21-8:22 PersonalAmerican stories of Healthcare’s Lapses, “This is wrong.”  Every seat applauses.  8:23-4 We must do something to control costs, “Our Healthcare Problem is Our Deficit Problem” 8:25 Left: Single Payer System (Public Plan) Right: Individualized Healthcare  8:26 4 out of 5 commitees have finished there tasks and there is an 80% agreement 8:27-8 We have also seen scare tactics that have not helped the debate, “The time for bickering is over.”  8:29 Three goals More security to those with insurance, provide those that don’t have it, slow the Healthcare costs for our country 8:30-2 If you have Healthcare, nothing will require you to change.  Against the law for insurance companies to deny you coverage if you have a preexisting condition, cannot drop coverage when you get sick, no arbitrary cap, place a limit on out of pocket expenses. If you don’t have Insurance you will have quality affordable coverage.  New Insurance exchange (shop for insurance at competitive prices).  Every seat rises in applause 8:33 This exchange will happen in 4 years.  But right now if you get sick you will be covered.  8:34-7 You are required to have Basic Health Care. (It is clear that Obama has looked at the Massachusetts system and how small businesses have many times been left out.)  8:38 Time to put down some rumors: States rumors of “Death Squads” is a complete lie 8:39 Illegal immigrants will not be covered, no abortions will be funded by the gov’t 8:40 “Consumers do better when there’s choice and competition.” 8:41 “I want to hold Insurance Companies accountable” 8:43 “Republicans and Democrats need to work together” 8:44 “If you get affordable coverage then we will give you a choice” Only democrats stand up 8:45 How to pay for this plan, “not a single dime will be added to our deficits.” 8:46 We can find savings within the Healthcare system already 8:47 Medicare “Must be passed down from one generation to the next”8:52 Reforming Medical malpractice laws, Republicans stand up in applause.  8:53 900 Billion dollars over ten years Expect commentary early tomorrow morning

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