Thursday, September 10, 2009

Big Food vs. Big Insurance

Big Food vs. Big Insurance
By Ahmed Al-Salem

Health insurance is a highly contested topic that conjures up different kinds of emotions for different people. Many are adamant that their view on the topic is the correct one and that everyone should adhere to their opinion. Everyone has good points to back up their beliefs and they are usually constructed by how one would be affected by the health care insurance reform. The highly televised town meetings brought citizens who were usually older and were concentrated in predominantly Red states. There are other reasons in the debate which both politicians and townsfolk have overlooked. The United States spends twice as much per person as most European countries on health care and this is linked to the high rate of preventable chronic diseases. That’s why our success in bringing health care costs under control ultimately depends, “on whether Washington can summon the political will to take on and reform a second, even more powerful industry: the food industry.” America is spending 147 billion dollars to treat obesity, $116 billion to treat diabetes, and hundreds of billions more to treat cardiovascular disease and the many types of cancer that have been linked to the so-called Western diet. A reform of the food industry can go a long way in easing the financial burden of medical reform.

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