Archive for ‘Health’

December 29, 2012

What if we treated crime like an illness?

There will come a time in this country where we treat all criminals like we treat people with mental illnesses, not like criminals.

Crime is often referred to as one of society’s ills, and until we treat it like an illness, we will never be a truly great society.

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September 7, 2012

Some programs just shouldn’t be privatized

Now that we’re on the road to universal health care, a question that I think we should be asking is, shouldn’t we just do away with the health insurance system? And most types of insurance, for that matter?

I realize that the knee-jerk reaction is to point out how far-fetched it would be for our country to head in that direction. After all, so many jobs and so much money is made off the insurance company, so the resistance they would mount over any such initiative is bound to be extraordinary.

However, ultimately these companies are making money by providing (and in many cases, withholding) protection for people, that really shouldn’t be treated as a luxury. If a person is sick and needs health care, they should be able to receive it, regardless of what type of coverage they might have, if any at all.

The federal government already invests tons of money investigating and preventing insurance fraud, so that proves that people recognize that the government should be involved in these matters.

Obviously, this means that we end up paying more taxes, but in the long run, it’s bound to cost the average citizen less than heath insurance premiums, life insurance premiums, house insurance premiums, and car insurance premiums. People don’t like when their taxes are raised, sure, but the tradeoff is more security when it comes to the important things in our lives, and a healthier, safer society as a whole.

Some people will dismiss these arguments simply because it makes me sound like a socialist, but I don’t think it makes you a socialist to argue that some programs and services just shouldn’t be privatized.

August 18, 2012

Why calling Obamacare a sin makes you a moron.

Rick Santorum claims Obamacare is a sin.

This is why “Former Presidential Candidate” and moron are unfortunately not mutually exclusive.

I’m pretty sure there aren’t any bible verses that say that paying for your employees’ contraception is a sin.

Providing your employees with contraception is not an “assault on the freedom of religion,” an Santorum calls it, because ultimately, you still do not have to use contraception if you feel that it is against your religion.

In actuality, not providing your employees with contraception because it depends on your religion and not theirs actually is an assault on the freedom of religion. Their freedom.

Here’s the main problem with Santorum or the Catholic Church saying that allowing people to use contraception is a sin:

Data shows that 98 percent of Catholic women who have had sex and are of child-bearing age have used an artificial method of contraception that is against the teachings of the church.”

Banning something that your followers already regularly do is kinda stupid. It probably has to do with the fact that, you’re only making them choose between a hypothetical, ambiguously immoral, intangible punishment like a “sin” and real, quantifiable outcomes, like the costs of STIs and unplanned pregnancies.

This is why it feels like the Catholic church’s own rhetoric and efforts to undermine contraception, women’s rights, and homosexuality are doing more to drive away their parishioners than anything else.

Here’s a tip when you’re trying to portray yourselves as moral paragons: don’t be idiots.

May 2, 2012

In a more advanced world, this would be how (American) health care works.

 

You get sick. Maybe you get in an accident, and you need medical treatment.

You go to a doctor’s office. Maybe you go to an emergency room. Maybe you need an ambulance.

You go to a doctor who has your medical history. Maybe you go to the nearest hospital which you’ve never been to. In any case, you give them some personal identification info, and they obtain a copy of your entire medical history from birth.

You receive medical treatment. Maybe you need a serious operation. In any case, you get the most effective treatment, nothing more, nothing less.

You receive the bill for the medical care and pay it back in a reasonable amount of time. Maybe you can’t pay it all back. So the government pays for your medical bills, but you still owe the money to the government. Maybe.

I say this is how health care works in a more advanced world. However, it is entirely possible to have this in the current world. The only thing in the way of this is politics.

The government is responsible for providing effective, affordable health care to all of its citizens. Otherwise, we can not say we live in an advanced world.

Call it Socialism. Call it whatever the hell you want. I call it a basic necessity.

April 2, 2012

Week 1

So I can keep track of my progress.

Today: Day 1 of the hundred pushups program. I don’t think I’ll be able to do 100 after just six weeks, or that I can even stick to the program the whole time, but we’ll see.

Current Weight: 196. So I want to be 186 by the end of April.

February 18, 2012

The role of vaccines in society

Vaccine development: Man vs MRSA

For decades, Robert Daum has studied the havoc wreaked by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Now he thinks he can stop it for good.

 

I just want to comment on one sentence from this article:

“Meanwhile, pharmaceutical manufacturers are backing away from making new antibiotics, arguing that resistance is undermining compounds too quickly for them to recoup their costs.”

 

It boggles my mind that making new medicines and vaccines is still primarily run by private industry. This seriously biases what gets made in the first place, as those that aren’t seen as profitable do not get as much research.

I think it’s reasonable to think that making medicines and vaccines that ensure the health of the general population should be researched by the government itself. This is a not a field where capitalism should play a role. The government should ensure that research is being done to help the lives of as many people as possible. When medicines and vaccines do get made, they should be made available to who needs them, as cheaply as possible. That anything other than this happens, seems like a needless sacrifice of peoples lives, to me. And the fact that this doesn’t happen reflects how much more progress is needed in regards to medicine and society.