Their basic point is that trying to fix the rising cost of health insurance without dealing with the underlying problem of the rising cost of health care will lead to moving the problem around, but not solving it. I'm sure they're right.
But I more often hear people actually confuse "health coverage" with "health insurance". And I'd love to see a post addressing how those two terms differ and why it's important.
I recently watched Michael Moore's documentary Sicko, and he focused primarily on people who did indeed have health insurance...but discovered that they weren't really covered for very much or very well.
I think a big takeaway from that movie is that yes, it's terrible that 1 in 6 Americans doesn't have health insurance at all, but our health care system is a real clusterf$%^ because the 5 in 6 who do have health insurance often don't have sufficient coverage. At least that was my takeaway.
And for all those naysayers who say the problem with that lies with irresponsible people and foolish government mandates I would simply ask why health insurers are ever more profitable? not ever more revenue-generating...ever more profitable.
They certainly seem to be doing OK in this era of rising health care costs.
I could go on and on about why I haven't posted in over a month. I could explain my life (too much work, too many blogs, and not enough time). I could talk about how talking health care during the election season was just frustrating for me because I didn't feel enough of an expert to comment on anything or anyone. I could look on the bright side and say, gee, I've just been so healthy I had nothing to write about regarding health. (True, except those allergies and sleep deprivation I actually have been good.)
But let's forget all that ad just move forward, shall we? And what better way than to point you to a wonderful daily series over at BlogHer: 61 Days to Better Health, by Health contributing editor (and RN) Catherine Morgan.
OK, it's a minor detail that the series actually started on November 1st, so I'm tell you about three weeks late. But you can catch up and thus learn about many simple things you can do to be healthier this holiday season.