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Subj: Re: I Have A Problem With No. 4.
Posted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 08:42:02 pm EST (Viewed 1139 times)
Reply Subj: Re: I Have A Problem With No. 4.
Posted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 10:00:05 am EST (Viewed 1198 times)


      But there are lots of other ideas that could be done. How about limiting advertisements aimed at children for unhealthy foods. Requiring that kid's meals at restaurants be below a certain calorie limit. Putting the calories for an item on the actual menu. B.Clinton has the idea of banning soft drinks and junk food from school vending machines.

    You mean soft drinks and junk food are still in American schools? That was removed from Canadian schools (or at least Manitoba schools) years ago.

Yeah. There has been some initiatives to ban soft drinks and junk food from being sold on school grounds (especially cafeterias), but it's not universal. In the US, the local communities have control over education, so they would be the ones to create the ban. However, local schools aren't going to do that simply because the money they get from the sold food and drinks goes directly to them. In some cases you are talking about profits in the thousands. No school system is going to give that up easily.

    The easiest way to drive the cost of health care down is to increase the funding for prevention. I sit on a committee called the Chronic Disease Prevention Initiative, and we help fund groups that encourage physical activity, nutrition, and smoking cessation. You could invest a fraction of what goes into health care into preventative programs and it would decrease the cost of health care many times over.

True, mostly education. But certain things you just can't create over night, such as the atmosphere of people caring about their health.

Another issue would be tort reform, specifically limiting the amount a patient can sue a doctor or hospital. By having no limits, these doctors and hospitals have to pay high insurance coverages.

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