A "going healthy" movement would synergize an individual's relationship with the health care system -- empowering individuals to take control of their health instead of delegating issues to governments.
The Trust for America's Health released a public opinion poll with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that found that disease prevention and public health are among the most popular proposals on the table.
While you go out to get your flu vaccines check to see if you should also get the pneumococcal vaccine, and think about how you might help give access to these vaccines to millions of children who need them.
Sex is also a good, inexpensive form of exercise that doesn't require getting out of bed (although it may compel you to leave the fetal position). This will require a partner since batteries are costly.
If every older person were guaranteed a physician with time to talk about life and ways to live it more fully, as well as to discuss the best ways to deal with the inevitability of death, debates about "death panels" would wither.
Obama must do more to remind Americans why just as recently as May more than half of them supported health reform. His address can only be the beginning if he wants to succeed in passing a reform bill.
I understand the anger at large insurance companies that drop coverage, or who don't provide coverage for 48 million Americans who are uninsured. Too much power concentrated in too few institutions often leads to abuses of power to the detriment of the American people.
Getting health care reform right requires a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of how health care is delivered today and how to make it better. This understanding starts with a real story about James.
The White House may be willing to cave on drug price negotiations and having a public option. Giving us health care reform without those key ingredients is like serving a PBJ sandwich without the peanut butter or the jelly.
Meaningful health reform needs to provide incentives for physicians and other health professionals to teach their patients healthy ways of living rather than reimbursing primarily drugs and surgical interventions.