Nothing To Do With Health
Hoo boy have we been sold a bill of goods. It’s taken a couple of generations to convince the American public that we need something we don’t need. This success of Madison Avenue and entrenched, malicious politicos was a lot slower than the time it took to sell us on composting, garbage disposals, refrigerators instead of ice boxes (one good idea), 8 slot toasters, big television sets with less worth watching, and global warming. This has been one hell of a relentless. campaign.
Steady droning from every print source, expert, radio show and tv special since the ’80’s of how sick we all are and only hospitals (still killing 100,000 patients a year) and pharmaceuticals, emergency rooms, swat teams, and expanding insurance policies will be the fix.
Wait a minute. We are a country of healthy people who went through our inception, 2 World Wars and beyond with an uninsured public and steadily increasing life-expectancies.
Hysteria now rules the day. Ginned up fear promotes the mythology that, failing immediate access to people, goods, and buildings we don’t know or want, will kill us.
I wish the latest generations had the advantage of Norman Rockwell’s wise documents of his era.
Look at any of his paintings….(including kids with scraped knees not wearing helmets and winning fisticuffs with bullies)….of family visits to the local kindly doctor
(whose accomplished girth would be ostracized as obese) and you see images of grownups taking children into messy rooms brightly lit with human concern. By the time you were an adult and got through measles and whooping coughs you stayed healthy.
The genuinely useful medical advances that would have extended my grandpa’s life, notwithstanding, life used to be more interesting than memorizing the contents of complex druggery and the warnings: just might cause blindness, loss of hearing, coma, and/or death. I am told by an insider who knows that the pharmacies at Safeway underwrites the entire operation of the supermarket chain. And from seeing those lines, I’d agree.
So now our government is engaged in a scandalous political war to provide or not provide something unbelievably costly to a population which, by polls of increasing negative response, does not want it.
Back to the days of rarely feeling sick, going to be examined if you do, getting advice and paying the physician for it, in case you do something foolish or risky. Which as Americans we should damn sure be doing more of on a regular basis, and counting on ourselves to heal, flushing the sewers of DC swampland, setting term limits, listening to ourselves, with citizens back to leading the way.