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Disease and death in America: A poor bill of health | The Economist

Health insurance coverage to help you fix decades of high cholesterol will probably not save your life.  This is the problem that America faces as it is found to be sick because of health behaviors it does not want to change.  We have the freedom to act very unhealthy and to get sick.  How much will increasing insurance coverage really improve our health?

“THE Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, faces an immediate problem. The deadline for its insurance expansion is January 1st, but each week brings some new obstacle. Even if Obamacare overcomes these, a long-term challenge will remain: the law may not improve Americans’ health. And that health is dismal, as illuminated in vivid new detail on July 10th.

Christopher Murray and his colleagues at the University of Washington have new research on which ailments plague Americans, and why. Dr Murray is due to present his findings at the White House; his main paper is also published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. As health reform moves forward, he reports that Americans are living longer, but are sicker, and that the numbers …”

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    Reblogged this on Health and Medical News and Resources and commented:
    “as Americans live longer, they are living longer with illness.”
    “The top driver of disease is a bad diet.”

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