“If we want Americans to be healthy...”
And, therein lies the fallacious foundation of this overreach by government. It is NOT THE BUSINESS OF GOVERNMENT whether I want to be healthy.
Of course, the response from the left is that my health determines my health care costs, which affect everyone else.
I call BS on that one, too. The cost of healthcare in the US did not start its meteoric rise until the feds got their tentacles in the industry back in the 1950’s. I was there.
I remember going to the doctor’s office for his afternoon office hours. Sit in the waiting room with the others on queue. The doctor called us in, one after the other, took our two dollars, and did his work. We left with meds, instructions for care and appointment for follow-up visit (if necessary).
Then...the feds got involved... That spelled the advent of defensive medicine, over testing, and double digit price increases year after year. The deeper the feds got their teeth into the industry, the worse it got. And, we see no end in sight.
The focus must be on definitions. Make the government define “healthy”. They can’t because nobody is certain what that is. My friend works out everyday, runs marathons and just had a heart attack.
Was he healthy? Is he now?
If the world of medicine isn’t certain what healthy is how can politicians know?
Medicine right now can define sick and they get that wrong often enought. There exists no definition for healthy.
When a definition doesn’t exist they flock to that because their entire agenda is undefined unless you understand that the goal is power.