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A Healthcare Fix
Tuesday, April 07, 2009

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Wayne Shepherd

Wayne Shepherd:  Welcome to today's edition of the Public Square® with our host Dave Zanotti of American Policy Roundtable.  And Dave, healthcare is one of those issues  circulating Washington that we're going to keep a very close eye on. 

Dave Zanotti:   Wayne, we have figured out a healthcare fix. Politicians in Washington who want a national take over of health care keep telling us it is all about rising costs. I hear it over and over again.  If government's in charge, they can stop the rising costs.  They can't do that – unless they accept the only tool they have to cut cost which is to ration care.

WS:  Right.

DZ:  That is the only way the government can do it.  They cut treatment to people who need it the most. Rationing means the government decides who will live and who will die and who will walk or remain paralyzed or who will get to see and who will be left blind. The list goes on and on.

But there is a way to cut costs and not cost the government or the taxpayers a single dime. A way doctors never stop talking about but politicians refuse to hear.

We could cut the cost of healthcare in America by at least a third if Americans voluntarily stopped eating our way to obesity and smoking ourselves to death.

Now I can afford to lose twenty pounds myself so don’t think this is easy for me to talk about  – but the truth us – our health care costs are spiraling out of control because "we the people" are out of control. We are eating ourselves into diabetes and heart disease. We are smoking ourselves to death.

If we want to cut costs, we should have the honesty to admit we are a huge part of the problem.

WS:  And we need to take that long, hard, honest look.  We can help you do that with the facts.  This has been The Public Square® with our host Dave Zanotti of the American Policy Roundtable. I'm Wayne Shepherd. Please join us next time.

Universal health care problems: special report by The American Policy Roundtable

A Healthcare Fix - April 7th, 2009

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