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Fixin' Healthcare

Saturday, January 28, 2006

The Lifestyle Chronicles - Center Stage

The health policy wonks and Washington DC political devotees are abuzz about Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) because previews of the State of the Union speech indicate that will be featured. And, I'm sure the financial institutions and insurance companies are licking their chops. More like a studio production than an independent film. Does anyone really believe this will change anything substantive about health?

Ever since large amounts of money began flowing through the health care system and we began treating "sickness" as a national priority, health care has become the land of economic opportunity, political opportunity, literary (columnists and bloggers) opportunity and ego enhancement. HSAs will do nothing to improve health status or keep people healthy. Bush doesn't know anything about health because he has no one advising him about "healthy". It's strange in that he seems to try to pursue a healthy lifestyle. He should have faith in the strength of his convictions.

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