Unhealthy Discourse

So…. Today House Republicans + 3 Democrats voted to repeal last year’s health care reform bill. How crazy is that?

Okay, I’ll tell you…. It was mostly a “symbolic” politically-motivated game “full of sound and fury signifying nothing.” The Democratic majority in the Senate doesn’t even have to respond to it.

It’s like, what are We the People paying these guys and gals for?

Well, today we paid for politicians to go to their workplace and vote against health care for Americans. Symbolically. With no alternative plan. Just for the heck of it.

No matter which side of the fence any US citizen may stand on health care reform, for or against, yay or nay, the sane amongst us have gotta admit that was some serious nuttiness today.

The issue isn’t really even about health care at all…it’s about a bizarre life-size chess game where the politicians are the Kings and Queens and all the rest of us are pawns.

Politicians have Cadillac health coverage — every little nervous tic or broken fingernail is covered and paid for by…well, us. But if an ordinary guy in, say, Arizona, needs an organ transplant, it’s a full-steam ahead, “So sorry…out of luck, dude…there was nothing leftover for you after we took all your money for us.”

Ever notice how long politicians live? Even if they drink high-fructose corn syrup straight-up for breakfast, down double Scotch on the rocks for lunch, or eat steak and curly fries for dinner every night, there’s a procedure or a pill to help them if they get an upset tummy or a clogged artery.

Even if a guy is 5-feet, 5-inches tall and weighs 300 pounds, if he’s got federal health care, there’s a darn good chance that he’ll live to 100.

For the rest of us, it’s a crapshoot. We have to live healthy lifestyles or basically…die.

Eating healthy food isn’t a picnic. You got your brown rice, brown oatmeal, brown bread and brown veggie-burger. Then you add your green-leafies, blue fruit and white low-fat yogurt. Yum….

You walk a brisk two miles a day and get to bed by 9pm.

And of course, all this stuff is great, but still, it’s not a large thick-crust pizza with extra cheese and extra processed red meat with a Zocor chaser.

But a pawn has to be ahead of the game to stay in the game. It’s that “old do as I say not as I do” syndrome. The government publishes food pyramids and nutrition aides but pays subsidies to high-fructose corn syrup farmers. Scientists create amazing surgical procedures and wonder-drugs but they are all too expensive except for the very rich. Doctors tell us to drink plenty of fluids but the ground water has been poisoned by oil and gas chemicals.

And if you stub a toe while you’re doing all that walking, don’t get TOO hopeful about living to tell your grandkids about it.

We the People, the pawns, need a Richard Gere-like Knight to ride up and lead us back to sanity. (Oops…don’t get me started on the lack of mental health care in the US….)

Healthy living may be the best revenge for the pawns. But a checkmate that topples the Kings would be a real game-changer.

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About pjh95811

I am a writer and poet living in California. I love cats, dogs, nature, poetry, spirituality and the Pacific Ocean.
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5 Responses to Unhealthy Discourse

  1. loloatlarge says:

    You hit the nail on the head with this one Phyllis! You are a rockstar!! Right on!

  2. pjh95811 says:

    Thanks, LMJ! Hmmmmm…perhaps I need to get an electric guitar now…. ;o)

  3. junegillam says:

    just your electric blog is plenty *:)

  4. Karen says:

    This is great – reminds me of the thoughts I had on hearing the news this morning about the world’s food production needs going up. With projected increases in population over the next 50 years, food production worldwide will have to double. But isn’t it true that we in the west eat too much, and that what we eat is largely unhealthy? (I know that is true for me, personally). Subsidies for high-fructose corn syrup???! I’m part of the problem. I let my son eat a large bowl of cocoa pops, and after he finishes it, he says ‘I’m still hungry’. Of course he’s still hungry. The ‘food’ he’s just eaten shouldn’t be classified as food. *sigh* We can’t seem to help ourselves. My mother is a vegan (most of the time). That does seem a healthy option. But try convincing a 12-year-old boy. *sighs again*.

  5. pjh95811 says:

    Thanks, Karen. I’m guilty too since I don’t necessarily like to cook & “fake food” is so tempting. This last year I got into some bad eating habits & my LDL (bad cholesterol) shot up. So now I’m being careful again.

    Do they have Taco Bell in England? This is an eye-opener:
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/blog-post/2011/01/taco_bell_meat_not_actually_me.html

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