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2 thoughts on “From School Lunches to Health Care: The Welfare State Is Coming to America

  1. Emily

    So I am wondering where this author has received information regarding healthcare in other countries and also why the government should have an interest in the nutritional habits of children. First, if Sven actually did some research on more socialized healthcare in other countries, he would know the fact that the general population of these countries are in much better health than the U.S. The U.S. spends over $3 trillion dollars annually on healthcare, and is about 29th for over-all health status in comparison to 33 other countries of it’s “peer group.” Um bottom of the totem pole, and guess who the peer groups are, yup many of those Scandinavian countries who have universal health care. Actually, all those countries rank better than the U.S. in over-all health status. Guess what, it isn’t in those countries where people are being denied, suffering while waiting and dying from easily curable conditions, that’s our country. Secondly, the reason for more regulation and assurance of nutrition in schools is because prevention is the only way we r going to curb this obesity epidemic, not punitive policies. Guess what, when people are already obese, they are suffering, so why don’t we save us all cost, both financially and health-wise by assuring children have nutritional meals and knowledge over healthy eating habits, so that these can then transcend within our culture. Besides obesity, diet-related diseases are the number one reason for morbidity and mortality within our society…with tremendous costs. Not to the government, but to the people-you, me. And remember,not just monetary costs of healthcare, but cost to productivity of our society, costs to friends and families, cost to the individual; why even go there when we can begin preventing it and creating a healthier society? Policies which assure proper nutrition in the schooling environment are not so much the imposing big-brother effect that you explain, but more of how tobacco policies are implemented. If you want to eat shitty food or smoke tobacco-fine, do it, in your home, outside, where ever; but certain places such as schools are instated to support the health and well-being of our youth, of our society; therefore while on campus, kids are required to follow guidelines for proper nutrition, much like while on school campus (or public places such as restaurants) people are not allowed to smoke. get it Sven?

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