The Genuine HEALTHcare Crisis Isn’t About Funding or Coverage

My friend Dave, over at the LuLac Political Letter has been going on and on and on for the last couple of years defending the healthcare reform bill.  I think he has probably written more about it than he has about the tearing down of his beloved St. John the Baptist.  It is time to realize that the battle concerning the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), informally referred to as Obamacare, is officially over — even if there are those who simply won’t accept this.

English: President Barack Obama's signature on...

English: President Barack Obama’s signature on the health insurance reform bill at the White House, March 23, 2010. The President signed the bill with 22 different pens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are for it celebrate.  If you oppose it — get over it.  Any person with even a passing knowledge of U.S. politics understands that once a bill is passed, signed into law and then upheld by the Supreme Court there is nothing left to do.

I know there are republicans who are vowing to defund or unfund, or not fund or whatever bull$#!t they are being directed by Rush Limbaugh to spew this week — please, get real.

There isn’t a spine in the U.S. Congress, especially on the republican side.  This is a big financial boon to large insurance companies who contribute wads of cash to both parties, not a single politician on either side is going to rock that boat.

The most disturbing fact is that whether this reform stands, is unlikely de-funded, or is replaced with a national universal plan, the cost of healthcare will continue to escalate exponentially and eventually bankrupt any system.


Because, what gets lost in all of the debate is the reality that today’s medical doctor spends relatively little time curing disease.  Many of the conditions that are crippling the American system are not caused by infectious agents.  The bulk of what the modern medicine man and woman takes care of are the result of poor lifestyle choices, and until that is addressed,

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

the cost will continue to rise — no matter the yarn any Limbaugh inspired politician or pundit attempts to spin.

A plethora of chronic diseases in this country can be attributed to tobacco, alcohol or obesity. Either alone or combined, these three controllable variables are primary factors driving up the cost of healthcare.  No matter what rhetoric anyone uses to pretty it up, until these three issues are given their due consideration, the costs will continue to climb.  When it comes to controlling spending, the Affordable Care Act is as stupid as, and even less effective than, placing a bandage on a gunshot wound to the heart. We have learned over time, that no matter how much information exists, people will continue health destroying lifestyle choices — now, the result of these choices will be covered regardless of the lack any self-intervention done by us.

The information on smoking has been out there for decades, yet  for some reason beyond any explanation, people continue the activity.

Alcohol consumption is pushed at every level of media, from sports events to our local, supposedly serious, NewsTalk Station — getting buzzed is sold as an activity in which we should regularly engage. I discuss alcohol from time to time, because it can go hand in hand the topic with which I am very familiar — obesity.

Obesity is the big one.  It is a growing problem, not only in the United States, but worldwide. Last year I was interviewed by author of The Gentle Path To Definitive Weight Loss, Rachel Norwood, whose is based out of France. I have contributed to an international website on the topics of obesity, health, wellness and fitness and I am often asked to give interviews on the same topics.  The problem is not complex, but it is difficult for many people because:

–      The U.S. government has had a food policy that for decades has encouraged the production and consumption of the very foods that make us obese.

–      Dr. Ancel Keys’ silly conclusions influenced Senator George McGovern’s panel which eventually led to the starch-laden food pyramid, that in turn gave rise to numerous low fat, fake food substances, which instead of lowering heart disease has increased it.

–      The U.S. government has given erroneous information about obesity management.

–      It is not all government, the media has helped; everyone from the pudgy purveyors of food pornography at the food network to local beer hawkers at WILK, promote the purchase and consumption of waist widening and health destroying products.

–     And now, Obama-care will offer even more incentive for us to rely on drugs and surgery and not ourselves.

There is much more, but perhaps the most important is the shunning of self-responsibility.  No matter what the influences are, the fact is that we control the type and amount of food we shove down are gullets, and the amount of exercise we put out.  Unless there is an underlying medical condition, obesity should not be having the impact it is on today’s population.  We live in a country in which children as young as eleven are now type II diabetics. That is not only unbelievable, it should be unacceptable.   Obesity and obesity related issues will cost upwards of 300 BILLION dollars and that figure is only going to grow larger.

Unless the epidemic of obesity is addressed and conquered, all the reform in the world is not going to do a damn thing.  As it stands now, doctors are being transformed from professionals who treat disease into nannies who simply give a spoonful of medicine in an attempt to manage the self-inflicted chronic diseases that ail their patients.  Is there some fantasy world where a government reform act is going to stop this?  Not likely.  Even Mayor Bloomberg’s silly soda size ban, if ever put into effect, will have zero impact. It is up to us to educate and be responsible for ourselves.

All of this effort has been applied to the wrong portion of healthcare.  It is time to stop focusing solely on care, and put the emphasis on health, if we want to do anything meaningful for our fellow citizens.

************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************

What’s Weighing You Down, w/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on Fitness Radio.

What’s Weighing You Down, w/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on Fitness Radio.

I recently had the opportunity to appear on “What’s Weighing You Down, w/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on Fitness Radio.

Below is the description from Dr. Gansel’s page.

Hear Dr. Joe’s transformational story of going from “Fat Then to Fit Now!” What motivated Dr. Joe to change his life–to go from almost 350 pounds to looking amazingly fit and healthy? Learn about his three D’s and three E’s and how they fit in to the overall plan for successful weight loss. Dr. Joe Leonardi, D.C. is the president and CEO of Leonardi Chiropractic Wellness Office, PC and BetterLife Seminars by Fat Then Fit Now, INC. He is the author of the life changing book, Fat Then Fit Now; A Life Beyond Weight Loss. He has a B.S. from University of the State of New York and his Doctor of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College. He is an adjunct faculty at Luzerne County Community College teaching Anatomy and Physiology. He has acted as the team chiropractor for the Arena Football League 2’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers, the semi-professional football teams the Scranton Eagles and the NEPA Miners, the women’s roller derby Coal City Rollers and has provided chiropractic care at powerlifting and strong man events. He has made numerous television, radio and internet appearances to discuss the topics of fitness, wellness, obesity, childhood obesity and how childhood obesity relates to bullying.

Doc Joe Leonardi Fat Then Fit Now Better Life Seminars