An improvement in universal healthcare (this affects you)

Judi Flowers had a client shop in Brooklyn whose name was her favorite:  “We’re fat, and that’s that”

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It’s probably still there, and like so many other merchandisers, they are saying let’s just accept the prevalent obesity.

I was speaking to a leading physician who is for universal healthcare but thinks there should be a caveat:  instead of automatically treating all patients at full cost who have problems that are preventable such as obesity, diabetes, all should be required to go through a physical exam first and be told how to improve their lifestyle (eating, exercise, etc) so that they will only be able to get full treatment if they are making the life changes necessary.

So many of Medicare and other treatments are for people who should take better care of themselves, and society ends up paying for them.

Have you gone to a mall lately, or a seaside resort, or any place where so many people are so obese and unhealthful and society accepts them.  All US states have an obesity rate of at least 20%, and the solid south, from Texas over, is at 30%.

When I was little and used to go to the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, they had a sideshow with a fat lady or fat man who weighed about 300 pounds.  Not unusual today.

And here we are back to my favorite game:  Roller Derby can be played by virtually all ages, and the exercise, along with a modification in lifestyle, has helped so many people change their lives positively, including weight loss, greater vitality, and a general overall satisfaction with their life.

So here is my latest idea, and maybe some of the leagues have tried this already:  If they can sell boxing-like exercises, Zumba, etc, why not have classes for people who want to skate Roller Derby for fun exercise and life modification……You charge for the sessions, create boot camps, continuing exercises, diets, etc and it might be a significant fund raiser.  You never go into blocking or the intricacies of strategy, as they are not there for that.

Why doesn’t someone try it out and let me know?  You’ll be saving additional lives.

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8 comments on “An improvement in universal healthcare (this affects you)

  1. Nice! And yep – good grief, they think of trying everything else for weightloss – this makes absolute sense! What a great potential revenue source (I’ll hush – this stuff excites me – makes me want to jump in and go DO SOMETHING!)

  2. What that doctor is advocating with universal healthcare is govt. controlled healthcare with single public option payer: the govt.. It gives govt. bureaucracy control over your health decisions instead of a doctor/patient relationship and privacy. Doctors will be required to enter your health information in computer data base for govt. officials to make decisions on whether to allow certain medical procedures and operations based on your age and potential taxable income from future wages. If you are too old, retired already or close to retirement and govt. doesn’t see potential to recoup cost of operations or procedures though future income taxes you pay, you will be denied the care from the bureaucracy. Don’t think it can happen, it’s already in effect in England, that’s universal healthcare–forcing doctors to provide healthcare for every single person under govt. controlled healthcare plan, they don’t have the time or number of doctors to take care of the citizenry as necessary, hence patients who meet certain age requirements and working history will get priority for treatment and care.

  3. Some, perhaps most, advocates for “universal health care” mean well; others mean only to have power over the lives of others. Whatever the motivation for supporting it, the idea is unworkable, impractical, immoral, inefficient, inhumane, and destructive.

    Whatever health care means, it is an economic good that must be produced at some cost and sold at some profit – that is to say, it is and must be subject to the laws of supply and demand, to competition, to the price mechanism, to economic calculus. It is not “free” and does not exist in infinite supply. As with any other good, it must be economized. Its importance to human life does not remove it from the sphere of economic calculation – quite the contrary. Because it is so important, it is all the more important that its production and consumption be determined by the free choices of free human beings and not by force.

    As a society, we remove medicine and medical arts and sciences from private hands and put these things in bureaucratic hands at our peril. We will live to regret it, albeit in shortened, more painful and less healthful lives.

  4. Whoa, you are both off base….what he was saying was that no matter what health care you receive (whether private or government) the fact that our population is in such bad shape because of no exercise and wrong food, it adds a tremendous cost to everyone because either premiums will be higher because of cost outlays, or medicare costs will continue to increase.

    Everyone must be encouraged to lead a healthier lifestyle. and Roller Derby is one answer. Ask those who participate.

    • Hi! Saw this news story this morning on the site: “First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts a Let’s Move Clinic with the USA Women’s National Soccer Team” Wouldn’t it be nice to write this dear old Chicago girl and get her to pay tribute in the windy city to RD for fitness’ sake? hmmmmmm……. The right approach might actually get her to act with interest?

  5. We advertise for our cross training sessions at the local gym for people to come work out with the derby girls and also allow people to join the league as recreational skaters for fitness. Sadly most people still feel they are too busy to stay in shape 😦

  6. Weren’t there some sessions at RollerCon about recreational Roller Derby? Something aimed at older players – more of a local league sport – to be a fitness thing rather than a competitive activity? I think the idea was that it could be a money-making activity for the competitive leagues. We have a skater in our league who’s lost 70 pounds, making no lifestyle changes other than doing Roller Derby. I’ll share this post with her and see if she’ll come tell you her story.

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