According to the CDC, 70% of all deaths in the U.S. are caused by preventable chronic disease, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. We have a nation of chronically diseased people, with nearly half of them on prescription drugs. It is no wonder that healthcare costs have skyrocketed. The only way to cut those costs is to get people healthy. Unfortunately, healthcare reform has nothing to do with getting people healthy, it's about shifting around who pays.
If every single American has health insurance, it will not make a bit of difference in the average person's health. Visiting the doctor for expensive diagnostic tests doesn't prevent illness, nor make you healthy. Mammograms and colonoscopies do not prevent cancer- they detect it.
Expensive drugs do not make you healthy. Drugs treat symptoms, they do not cure the causes. When you are prescribed drugs for high blood pressure or cholesterol, or beta blockers for heart problems, you must take them for life. If you stop the medication, the symptoms return because you haven't solved the problem. All drugs have side effects, and often more drugs are prescribed to mask them. It can become a vicious cycle.
It's Time for Personal Responsibility
Here's what Michael Pollan has to say on health care reform.
Here's what Dr. Dean Ornish has to say.