A Free Market Approach to Health Insurance

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It is the purpose of this essay to explore a solution to the current healthcare/healthcare insurance crisis. Previous essays on this website address different aspects this crisis. My intentions to discuss this topic are not pejorative. It is not my purpose to assign blame to any of the commercial entities involved here or their consumers. I am primarily concerned with what is actually going on and what can be done about it. Is there a Free-Market answer to the healthcare crisis? American citizens are increasingly overweight and unhealthy. This situation is the direct result of available foodstuffs, other consumables; addictive or otherwise, and consumables marketing in this country, especially over the last 30 years. Overweight condition corresponds well to morbidities. This is not in question. What could possibly change the current direction of the consumable industries/medical industrial complex firestorm of illness? There is currently no effective component of illness prevention since that is obviously counterproductive with this business model. The industries that manufacture and promote inexpensive, salty-sugary-fatty foods and potentially addictive retail substances will continue to do so as long … Read More

Civilization As A Disease

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The Medical / Industrial Complex. Prevention of health problems has long been  an ineffectual afterthought.  Why is that? Doesn’t anybody realize that there is a healthcare crisis going on throughout the ‘developed’ world?  It is indeed obvious. It is an unmistakable, well demonstrated and well documented trend.  Eventually, no civilized economy will afford this astronomical expense, no matter what healthcare insurance system is chosen. And maybe it isn’t just the cost in dollars but also in the overall degradation of care which comes with a financially and administratively overburdened healthcare system. Still, in spite of this crisis, there is very little talk of wellness and prevention of illness.  In this country,  the American Medical Association is totally silent, that is, at least publicly silent, on this matter.  Can you hear them?   I can’t.  The AMA doesn’t pass my hearing test. Of course,  medicine, as a source of employment, necessarily  depends on sick people to make money. This is true too for the goods and services provided by the pharmaceutical industry and for the medical technology industry.  I’m not necessarily being … Read More

Hands-Free. Driving Distracted

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How come everyone is not hands-free? What is this, 2015? It is disappointing to still observe men and women driving relatively new vehicles still holding cell phones to their ear. This has to be a height of irresponsibility and stupidity. Some people I have spoken with actually make excuses for this! All new vehicles are equipped with Bluetooth pairing capability. Every year these connectivity systems improve. The dealerships are glad to show customers how to use them. Cell phones have had Bluetooth capability for more than 10 years. And even if you’re driving a 1991 Tarus, Bluetooth devices to wear over the ear are inexpensive. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the House has several bills pending addressing distracted driving. These bills have been regularly opposed. I can’t figure out to whom this would be an advantage? More people injured or killed? More property damage? more litigation? Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire and 11 other states have hands-free primary laws in effect. C’mon, the life you save may be your own!

Remembering Jack LaLanne

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People who do things for the first time often become famous. Jack had his share of firsts. He certainly knew the power of television to reach people in the 1950s. I would occasionally watch his show as a preschooler. Even then I was aware how different he was. Totally extroverted, all out enthusiastic; preaching to his audience the importance of a healthy body and mind as well as meticulous nutrition. He was decades ahead of everyone. Fitness was his life. The fitness crusader. He was also famous for his feats of strength. Real feats of strength as opposed to George Costanza’s dad and the requirements of Festivus.  At 70 years of age Jack swam a mile and a half pulling 70 boats with 70 people in them. Here are some famous Jack LaLanne quotes: Pointing out the obscured obvious…“would you get your dog up every day, give him a cuppa coffee, a donut and a cigarette? Hell no, you’d kill the damn dog!” “Your waistline is your lifeline. It should be the same as it was when you were a … Read More