Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveiled her strategy for health care reform, focusing on a seven point plan to reduce healthcare costs by some $120 billion.
Under her cost control proposal, insurers would have to follow the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on what preventive care to cover. The federal advisory panel consists of academic researchers who sift through medical literature to determine which preventive services actually are effective in warding off disease and issue reports on their findings.
Wow! That certainly sounds impressive. Almost like alternative health?
Naw!!! Not really.
A quick visit to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force shows they have only three suggestions to offer aspirin, immunizations, and screening (aka, expensive testing) – with expensive testing heading the list. Really! That’s it. Check it out for yourself.
What nonsense. This won’t save money. The testing is expensive. The drugs administered after testing are expensive. And those same drugs have nasty side effects that create long-term health complications that drive costs through the roof.
Sorry, Hillary. You’re new proposal is the same rehashed nonsense. You don't have to be a genius to see that no amount of tinkering and funding can stop the inevitable train wreck barreling towards us -- and I’m talking about everyone of us living anywhere in the world. How can any healthcare system survive one third to one half of its population living for 20-30 years with severe diabetes -- let alone the other half that will suffer from cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, and MS? There isn't enough money in the world to cover it. The only way that healthcare can survive -- the only way you personally can survive -- is if you take back control of your health and start doing those things that allow your body to stay healthy. In other words, the only way to save healthcare is to stop using it.
Bottom line: you need to start living the Baseline of Health.
PS: By the way, my complaint is not with Hillary in particular. When it comes to healthcare, none of the other presidential candidates has come up with anything more useful.