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The Healthcare Debtae – Congress’ Weight Issue

Posted Nov 12 2009 10:04pm
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Great article from Politico from end of July that really gets to the heart of America’s healthcare problem: we, as a country, are fat.

According to the article, a study in the journal of Health Affairs reported that medical spending averages $1,400/year more for someone who’s obese vs. someone who is not. We have over 300 million people in our country. The math is pretty wild – $420 billion. In 2007, we spent $2.2 trillion on healthcare. That compares to $714 billion in 1990.

Rather than focusing on increasing coverage of a broken system, they should instead be focused on why it is broken and try and fix it. This topic is certainly worth a longer discussion, but if they started with preventative medicine, diet and the obesity epidemic, it would have massive implications vis-a-vis the healthcare industry, our economy and the health of our population.

Unfortunately, well funded, lobbyist intensive constituents like Big Food and Big Pharma would have something to say about this.

http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=C9122086-18FE-70B2-A8E6BF5AF3E5E22D

Great article from Politico from end of July that really gets to the heart of America’s healthcare problem: we, as a country, are fat.

According to the article, a study in the journal of Health Affairs reported that medical spending averages $1,400/year more for someone who’s obese vs. someone who is not. We have over 300 million people in our country. The math is pretty wild – $420 billion. In 2007, we spent $2.2 trillion on healthcare. That compares to $714 billion in 1990.

Rather than focusing on increasing coverage of a broken system, they should instead be focused on why it is broken and try and fix it. This topic is certainly worth a longer discussion, but if they started with preventative medicine, diet and the obesity epidemic, it would have massive implications vis-a-vis the healthcare industry, our economy and the health of our population.

Unfortunately, well funded, lobbyist intensive constituents like Big Food and Big Pharma would have something to say about this.

http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=C9122086-18FE-70B2-A8E6BF5AF3E5E22D

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