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January 20, 2008

California Health Care - A Mandate for Insurance or Healthy Choices?

Not many issues are being discussed about health care in the political arena, and for good reason. Other than the costs of defending the country (war?), health care is the leading economic burden to US citizens. The direction that is being taken to manage this problem is one that deals with economics instead of individual responsibility, the latter which would save thousands of hours of debate and many more billions (now trillions!) of dollars.

While putting more attention to thwarting the overweight and obesity epidemic, we now see the media covering individuals who are taking the "easy" but dangerous road to weight loss with a disregard for a healthy lifestyle, and claiming to help lead the fight against obesity (name omitted). While a voice for the consequences of poor food and lifestyle choices would be more suitable for someone who has chosen Gastric banding surgery as a last resort for losing weight, the wrong message is sent if this same voice is meant to teach people how to get healthy.

Americans don't need more surgical procedures or diet pills to solve their weight problems - it's just a new band-aid that perpetuates a growing problem.

As reported in Time Inc, "pharmaceutical companies are hoping to improve their bottom line by shrinking their customers' bottoms." Yet the bottom line is the first objective, never mind the side effects of new types of drugs that solve nothing, just delay the inevitable - a health crisis that will force change or face death.

When will the laziness cease? When will we wake up to the fact that there is no free lunch? When will we learn that we can't just keep creating ways that seem to make our life easier, when in fact just make us lazier? Hence, the diet pill pushers. Got weight? Here's a pill. We need to get back to the basic fundamental actions for good health - water, lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and yes...exercise!

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Posted by healthinsurance at January 20, 2008 08:20 PM