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  •  I've got my gloves on, Shockwave. (5+ / 0-)

    CA is my turf, as you know. I want my children to be recipients of Medicare for all so that they have a dim chance of not being bankrupted by student loans AND medical expenses.
    Nice diary.

    •  One of these days I'll qualify for Medicare (6+ / 0-)

      I do what I do because I believe that healthcare is a human right and because I strongly believe it will be great for the economy of California.

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      by Shockwave on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 10:07:43 AM PDT

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      •  I believe health is a human right, as is health (1+ / 0-)
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        care. However, unless we focus more on prevention, we are enabling a medical system that focuses on pathologies, rather than health. Until people accept more responsibility for the state of their own health through diet and exercise, our overweight, undernourished population will continue to drain personal and governmental resources.

        This may sound harsh. But every bite of food we take and every sip of every drink we imbibe ultimately determines the state of our health. Diet actually has the potential to have a greater impact on health than would an affordable, well-managed health care system.

        Ideally, we could combine a lean, efficient health care system with a strong educational component that has a focus on good nutrition. That education should start in kindergarten so children grow up understanding the impact of diet on health. To me, that is the missing aspect of all proposed health care options.

        I'll go even further on this. Funding our existing health care system fully is like fully funding the Right's idea of military preparedness. Both pharma and the MIC benefit from societal misunderstandings. Pharma benefits from the pill for every ill attitude some have, and the MIC benefits from the artificially pumped-up WOT.

        But I have found that on this site and elsewhere, getting people to consider the control they have through diet of their own personal health is a thankless crusade. I have written a diary on this that I might post today. It's more of a rant than anything particularly useful, so I haven't put it up.

        I'll do my best to make the solo health care panel and your followup, Shockwave. I usually find such things, with their lack of focus on empowering the individual to take charge of the state of their own health frustrating, but I'll give it a go.

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