The health care debate is to a great degree misnamed. It is a debate about sickness care and who has to pay for it. A debate about health care would address the issue that is making our costs skyrocket.
If we continue to focus on figuring out who pays for sickness care and continue to do so little about prevention, we will never address the real problem. The real problem is that as a nation, we are getting sicker and sicker. This is one of the major factors that increases our costs for health insurance.
It is to a large degree a matter of supply and demand. There is a huge demand for health care and there is an under supply of those who are qualified to deliver proper health care. If we can reduce the number of times the average American needs to visit his or her doctor, we will reduce our costs.
Healthier people make more and do more. Not only would a healthier America have lower costs for health care, we would probably have a higher GDP, a more educated population and one that has stronger values.
People who are healthier will take less time off from work due to sickness and will get more done. They will also work more years because they will retire early due to disability less frequently. More hours and years worked equals more productivity and a bigger Gross Domestic Product.
When a parent is disabled or dies before their children are grown, there is less money available to educate those children. There is also a void in the child or children’s life that makes it less likely that they will get the best education.
Healthier people are get to parent longer and pass on their values and wisdom. I’m one of millions of people who lost a parent before reaching maturity. I know that my life would have been easier and better if I had the benefit of my father’s wisdom for a few more years.
I understand that many people have serious medical conditions that they cannot control. Some things cannot be fixed. However, this is not the case for most of us. By staying healthier longer, we can reduce the strain on our health care system. This can make it easier for those who have concerns about getting insurance with pre existing conditions to get coverage ata reasonable price.
Although you and I can do little to affect the health of our nation, chances are we can do a lot to improve our health. Regular checkups, a better diet and regular exercise can go a long way towards making us healthier, happier and more productive people.
Lowering our health insurance costs should start with reducing our need for health care. Do what you can to stay healthier longer and do what you can to make it easier for those around you to do the same.