Our health care system is very advanced in technology.
However two things are radically wrong, and it is a very sick system which BO moved in to take advantage of like a parasite, and not to fix it.
Third party payer moved in, driving up costs and taking responsibility for health away from the individual and his and her family members.
Then the government moved in with medicare driving this system through the roof, and then providers ripped off the system out of control. This was discovered in the early eighties and massive cutbacks moved in, but by far not enough to save the system.
And our medical system is in no way a health care system. It is a sick care system It gives no credence to the patient, their family members, their true dignity, their health nor their quality of life.
It gives no allowance for preventive health care, pays lip service to nutrition and is turning into a pharmaceutical and high tech diagnostic and treatment brokerage.
If it were a healthy system, we would be a healthy culture/society. Our obesity rate is out of control. Most people are on pharmaceuticals, completely unable to care for themselves and their families with any confidence.
If you go to a good gym and talk to the trainer and look around, that is the direction for the future. They are very informed on proper nutrition.
Taking control of health, going to the doctor for catastrophy, and avoiding the same, is what used to be done. It had flaws, but we cannot afford this. Certainly not with the lack of good health apparent all around.
I went to a high school football game last week. I could faint thinking about the image of almost every woman at 200 pounds. WHAT! I look at photos of my family from the 20s through the ‘70s. No way was that kind of obesity acceptable. I remember some of those decades. No way were women nor men that obese.
Whatever overhaul we get from these guys, it has to include respect for privacy, I don’t care what it takes, we have a 4th amendment; it has to NOT entail redistribution of personal earnings.
If it goes radically in the direction of returning (returning) health decisions and care to the individual, then it will be heading in the right direction. But earners and the truly needy have to have catastrophic protection/insurance without our cost going up
If we are the best,and I suppose we can be, then we can figure out how to do that.
It was good news, so you didn't hear about it.
"After three decades of increases, adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for one, Arkansas,"
I read a story not long ago that said soft drink consumption has decreased.
I agree almost entirely with what you say.
About all the obese people compared to earlier times, I think that is a cultural problem that is self inflicted.
As jobs have become more sedentary and fast food establishments around every corner we get larger every year.
I live near a high school, and I am amazed at the size of these kids. I recall when I was in high school, a 200 pound boy was a good size football lineman.