I can't help but be taken aback by how forcefully so many people in this country are campaigning against health care reform.
They're tactics are ugly - name-calling ("our President is a communist!") and rumor-mongering ("He'll kill the elderly!") chief among them. Obviously, everyone's allowed to have their own opinion in this country, but it's a fact, not an opinion, that big corporations currently control the majority of the U.S's health care programs, and lesser-developed countries than our own (at least industrially) have far more effective gov't-run health care programs (and somehow, they haven't become militant, socialist states.) This may or may not be in our best interests.
We should stop worrying so much about everyone else, about buzzwords and
scare tactics and generalizations. Forget the rhetoric, the language,
and the proposed plans and
People are acting like wherever they lie politically, that it's someone else's right to take care of them. It's their health care plan's responsibility, or the government's responsibility, or their trainer's, or their nutritionist's, or whoever.
No. It's on you.
Check out this study from the RAND Corporation, the nation's largest independent health policy research program. They concluded that simply by lowering our sodium consumption to the approved amount per day (2300 mg for healthy adults), we could reduce our nation's health care costs by $18 billion dollars.
$18 billion dollars. Just want to let that sink in.
So while the debate will remain heated, and we'll see if any real reform comes out of it, I maintain that the best way to improve our quality of health care is to stop poisoning ourselves with cheeseburgers that cost $1 (and if it costs a dollar, how much do you think it costs to make?) and other quick, bleached foods that over no nutrition whatsoever.
So protest, debate, and volunteer all you want, no matter where you lie politically. Just don't tell me health care is fine as is, not when we could save $18 billion dollars by eating less salt.