Wednesday, April 25, 2012
When I opened my email this morning there was an email from my DH to family and friends today. Remember he is up in Pennsylvania visiting the grandkids. My DH has been saying for a long time that our funding of healthcare in this country is out of whack. Obamacare does not address this issue and will bankrupt the country in short order. He says Tax payers should not pay for people that abuse drugs, alcohol, FOOD, or cigarettes. He continues that if people want to be fat and smoke, fine let them. Just don't expect the taxpayers to pay for the medical care that will inevitably follow. Unfortunately, no one in government has the nerve to address this problem. Obamacare does nothing to address this issue. It simply hopes to spread the unfair costs of this problem to all of us. This article (hope you can read it) as it addresses this problem very well. My DH doesn't usually send out articles like this and such but he did so after stopping at starbucks today after dropping the grandkids off at school and watched two very obese people load up on fattening pastries, regular flavored lattes, (no non-fat, sugar free syrup for them) and then sit outside and light up a cigarette. So my DH was on the war path and sent this article to all of us. I agree with him to some degree but feel that a solution might be to put a very high tax on all unhealthy processed foods, alcohol, cigarettes and such and use those funds to set up counseling programs to work with people to create better habits and learn about diet and nutrition. Also have programs in school to educate our youth. I know this is very controversial and I usually stay away from subjects as such myself. But this hits me very close to home. First of all I must say that alcoholism runs in my family. My grandfather died of it at 51. Also type 2 diabetes which my grandmother died of at age 60, my age. Both of these deaths could have been prevented if they watched their diets and didn't drink. Knowing these things run in my family, I made extra sure to get the extra pounds off and to enjoy a drink (yes my beloved beers) only once in awhile. As you all know, it's not easy. I struggle daily but work hard at it and love feeling good. It also hits home as right now I have an Aunt who has had open heart surgery 3 times now and still continues to smoke several packs of cigs a day. And her daughter has been in the hospital now for 7 weeks with liver and kidney failure (around 50 years old) due to alcohol. So I have two family members using tax payers money due to their own poor behavior. I love them but do not have sympathy for them. We have all tried to help but they won't help themselves. So what a topic for me to share. Hope I do not offend anyone. Not my intentions. I just want people to think more about what they are doing not just to themselves but to the whole of the country when they do not take care of themselves.
Thank goodness for sparks and it's help to all of us that need it to motivate and guide us to eat right and exercise!
Have a great day.