The health care reform initiative undertaken by President Obama and Congress has taken a good first step in addressing the financial inequities that have kept some consumers out of the health care market. Much more needs to be done.
Appealing to the Almighty offers awe-inspiring economic potential. In the Bible, both Moses and Jesus heal lepers. Think what they could do with diabetes or cancer! Still, the question remains whether prayers by ordinary people can produce an equivalent clinical impact.
The CBO recently issued a disheartening report showing that 10 Medicare demonstration projects designed to reduce health care costs were largely ineffective. The results were discouraging, but perhaps not entirely surprising.
The overarching goal of health care reform was to attempt to ensure affordable access to health insurance and medical care for most Americans. It barely touches skyrocketing health-care costs and accelerates primary-care physician shortages.
Let's make 2012 the year we get smart about taxes, and tax less of those things we want more of, like jobs and income, and more of the things we want less of, like health damaging sugars. You can have your cake, just pay for it.
If losing weight and getting more exercise were easy, then chronic diseases, like diabetes, wouldn't be as much of a problem. Those lifestyle changes are notoriously difficult. But there's a glimmer of hope.
We can no longer afford bad design. In fact, the real luxury in this country has been our tolerance of so much bad design -- sloppy procedures, careless processes, and wasteful products -- that costs us way more than we can possibly sustain.