Forgive me if you’re not in the U.S. – I’m going to comment on our historic new piece of legislation the media calls ObamaCare. It’s the biggest piece of socialized government ever foisted on the American public, by the most liberal president we’ve ever had.
The states are quickly lining up en masse to sue the federal government. Employers are panicking at the way their costs will rise, losing benefits for offering private health care plans. Our government will become the nightmarish bureaucracy that I remember from my childhood waiting for hours and hours in military hospitals for a prescription–only worse.
The new bill mandates that 85% of each dollar go to the claim, and 15% go to overhead/reserves. Currently private insurance companies have an average of 60% of each dollar going to claims and 40% to overhead/reserves. Essentially it’s a mandate that all insurance companies go out of business. The government won’t mind, though. It has made itself a massive new function: becoming the single option for healthcare for millions. It’s government at its worst–creating functions for itself, crippling the private sector, and always doing it worse than the private sector could do it.
Pre-existing conditions are just fine, you can still qualify for insurance. So now, simply wait to get insurance until you get cancer. (Which isn’t really “insurance,” is it?) This eliminates the funds that underpin insurance, where a pool of 100 healthy people paying into the pot funds the 1 sick person. Now there won’t be all the healthy people paying in.
And, there’s no limit on cancer treatment. So now, a person has a $250K limit? If she needs care up to $10 million (easy enough to do–I have a friend whose hemophiliac son’s care costs $1 million annually), that funding has to come from somewhere–and Obama’s math simply doesn’t account for this.
My point is that we are a nation of sick, tired, obese people. Two-thirds of us. If we continue at our current rate, every single American will be overweight in 25 years. (I’m sure that will never happen, but the point is that we’re on a freight train and the end of the tracks are in sight.)
You know I don’t usually like doom and gloom. I usually stay on the bright and sunny side of health and nutrition.
There’s a point to all this. What’s the answer?
I’ll go into it tomorrow. But the point is, I don’t have all the answers–but we’re asking the wrong question.