Why Americans are part of the health care problem

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It's been well documented that many people in the U.S. are overweight, get too little exercise, eat poorly, and indulge in too many unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and drinking to excess. Full Story

Since: May 11

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#1 Apr 11, 2012
Yes, let's blame the people. It's what we do when corporations and companies in this country overcharge us for goods and services and then whine because they don't make enough money.

Let me tell you where this is all leading, fellow Americans. In not too short a time, when you apply for a job, you will be required to take a health exam. IF you happen to be overweight (by whose standards?), if your blood pressure is up, if your blood sugar is up, if your cholesterol is up you may fail the application process of the job. OR you will be required to pay more for your health insurance.

In other words, if you don't have the physical well-being of a 20-year old, you will be penalized. If you don't take a good crap once a day, you may be refused a job. If you have a heart murmur, if you suffer from arthritis, if you take any type of psychotropic drugs for anxiety or depression, if you've ever had a back injury, if you've ever been treated for cancer you will have a harder time getting employed. If you have a family member with ANY ailment, you may have trouble getting a job. A child with allergies, a kid born with spinda bifida or a husband or wife with diabetes. All this will be examined by a potential employer.

And insurance companies are desperate to keep these kinds of people out of the system. So between employers not hiring you and insurance companies not providing you coverage, good luck.

This isn't about America's bad habits. This is about a war being waged on Americans' access to affordable healthcare.
clem

Hamilton, Canada

#2 Apr 11, 2012
And how many times have people on here attacked Canada for having universal health care. I think we should get rid of all sidewalks because people are too lazy to walk. Canada is almost as fat as America. Sooner not later North America will sink because of all the fat, and this will cause a wobble, the Earth will spin out of control and then were toast. Ummmmmmmm toast.

Since: Sep 07

Golden

#3 Apr 12, 2012
Rahm Emmanuel, as Mayor of Chicago, has mandated that city workers either get involved, on record, with the preventive care plan provided for them or pay more towards their healthcare insurance premiums.

Love it when pragmatism beats out weak-minded ideology. Rahm is no dummy- he just needed to lead to see the light.

BTW, most are complying- except the Police Union. Go figure.
OregonIsDegenera te

Portland, OR

#4 Apr 13, 2012
Yes, Americans are part of the health care problem in the USA.

Without Americans there would be no health care problem in the USA. There would also be no USA.

Does anyone actually edit this stuff?

Since: Jun 12

Mumbai, India

#5 Jun 11, 2012
1. We spend the most. We spend more than any other country in the world.

2. We don't pay doctors according to the quality of their care.
3. Our wait times are low because many of us aren't getting care at all.

4. Most of us don't have a regular physician.

5. Our care isn't particularly convenient.

6. Our doctors don't listen to us.

7. We have high rates of chronic conditions.
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8. But we're not treating them properly.

9. We're frequent victims of medical, medication, and lab errors.

10. Most of us are dissatisfied with our current system.

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