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Health care reform wont address what ails us as Americans
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You want real health care reform?

Then don’t wait for nine justices to make a ruling. Don’t look to congress for a solution. And don’t keep your fingers crossed for some miracle medical breakthrough.

For most of what ails America there is only one effective and dependable solution: You.

Unless you have a malady that is a result of not winning the DNA sweepstakes or things beyond your control the best health insurance you have is your own behavior.

It’s a simple, straight-forward and a much less expensive answer.

The biggest factor in our health costs are the decisions we make or - more precisely - the decisions we opt not to make.

We have at our disposal one of the most effective and efficient “machines” ever created - the human body. And from the time we’re old enough to comprehend the impact of our actions we seem hell bent on destroying it.

We are armed with more information than ever before in the annals of mankind when it comes to how to stay healthy. It all comes down to moderation and common sense. The problem is it requires a bit of work, discipline, and time. It isn’t an overnight solution. It is a matter of lifestyle choices we make within our means.

Sure, the person hauling down six figures or more has access to more health services. But the real truth is that income isn’t that big of an advantage. The United States has in place the keys to give almost all of us a strong shot at a healthy life - clean water, state-of-the-art sanitation systems, modern work conditions that are a far cry from the often deadly workplaces of a century ago, a well-run garbage collection and disposal system, as well as an abundant food supply.

Yet we engage in risky behavior running the gamut from drinking too much and abusing other drugs to consistently over-indulging food, eating junk, and inattentive and reckless behavior while driving.

If you want reasonable health care costs then you have to practice a bit of personal responsibility.

Humans are destructive creatures, Just 125 years ago people would have been in seventh heaven to enjoy the mobility that we have today thanks to the automobile. It means quicker access to health care in emergencies, less back-breaking work, and the ability to access more food choices.

Yet we often operate vehicles in reckless and inattentive ways that end up being the leading non-disease related killer of Americans.

We apply the same recklessness and inattentive behavior to what we eat and how we take care of ourselves.

We make excuses as to why we don’t exercise and why we don’t make better choices when it comes to what we put in our mouths.

There is no rampant health care crisis in this country.

There is, though, a serious plague of self-destructive behavior.

We need to understand there is no magical pill. Heath care reform when all is said and done won’t improve our health.

The only thing that will is the one person that we don’t look to for the real solution - ourselves.



This column is the opinion of managing editor, Dennis Wyatt, and does not necessarily represent the opinion of The Bulletin or Morris Newspaper Corp. of CA.  He can be contacted at dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com or 209-249-3519.