Not much news that tickles my fancy for comments, so I’ll just post one reaction. I will say that I’m really disappointed in all the partisanship and inability for our government to actually focus on solving problems instead of just seeking power. So most news I see these days is just too much negativity. And there haven’t been many juicy nutrition hacks to attack or fun science stories so my one comment will have to do.
This sounds sensible, BUT beware of Repugs bearing gifts that really mean a second class life for most of us and tax breaks for the rich. The basic idea that our medical care is broken seems true. Finding new ways to pay for the care, esp. based on taxing, is unlikely to succeed. The greedies will block enough that what probably happens is that a larger fraction of the public has second- or even third-rate care, just barely enough to get us out of waiting rooms. The progressive ideas of changing the fee-for-service model and moving toward a pay-for-patient has merit but isn’t really enough either. And the head-in-the-sand conservative model just kicks the can down the road and has more people dying in the shadows, out of sight, out of mind, like we’ve done with homeless living under bridges and in shelters. We actually do need a real dialog and both progressives and conservatives have a role to play. Progressives can’t just continue to believe it’s a matter of finding more money; Conservatives can’t believe they can ignore the issue. Blending both sets of ideas could create a new synthesis that could actually work. But I fear that cooperation is not going to be forthcoming, not as long as CPAC and Fox can just yell and scream and beat up, not just the poor, not even just the 47%, but in fact the 98%. I’ve been to China and know a lot about India and I fear we’re just headed for the India model, mostly squalor in the midst of plenty for the few. And we really do need preventative care, not just more heart transplants and bypass surgeries. As much as I rail about the nutrition scolds there is merit in their basic argument. Much of our disease we’re causing ourselves and much of it is preventable, or at least it can be ameliorated with various types of preventive care and good health practices. But how do we get there? How do we get rid of the bogus and unscientific food nonsense from the left and the meanness from the right and converge on something that makes some sense. There is a solution – we are just too locked into rigid thought patterns to find it. So I like the words of this article but I distrust the motives.