Why ObamaCare is Not Enough: It’s the Health Care Costs, Stupid!Submitted by Katherine on Mon, 07/02/2012 - 20:33
Seventy percent of the federal budget is for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. By 2042, 100% of the federal budget will be required to pay for Medicare and Medicaid, leaving nothing for defense, transportation, education, agriculture, environment, or any of the government’s other basic services.
This is unsustainable. We need a collective, bipartisan national campaign with the passion and vision of President Kennedy’s call to action, of “putting on a man on the moon by the end of this decade.”
The insurance reform at the heart of the Affordable Care Act allows for better access to medical care, including medication and surgery. It laudably promotes improved efficiencies, reduction in medical errors, better care coordination, and implementation of best practices.
But what if we are coordinating the wrong kind of care? What if our best practices are the wrong practices?
Our toxic industrial diet, our sedentary lifestyle, chronic stress, and environmental toxins cause diabesity and its attendant downstream ills (often mislabeled as something else such as hypertension, cancer, heart disease, and dementia.)
Drugs and surgery are feeble, ineffective, costly, and often harmful treatments for lifestyle-induced illness. They are misguided efforts at best, dangerous at worst. Mounting evidence proves that the solution to lifestyle and diet-driven obesity-related illnesses won’t be found at the bottom of a prescription bottle; they will be found at the end of our fork.
Prescription medication for lifestyle disease has failed to bend the obesity, disease and cost curves. Statins have been recently found to increase the risk of diabetes in women by 48%.
And factoring in the increased risk of diabetes when statins are used to prevent first heart attacks, there is no net benefit, and significant potential harm from statin use in the over 20 million Americans who take them.
Avandia, for example, the number one blockbuster drug for type-2 diabetes, has caused nearly 200,000 deaths from heart attacks since it was introduced in 1999. The large ACCORD trial found in over 10,000 diabetics that intensive blood sugar- lowering with medication and insulin actually led to more heart attacks and deaths.
This is Pharmageddon.