J Morris Hicks

J Morris Hicks

Posted January 12, 2012

Published in Health

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The hostile and divisive health care debate

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So much energy wasted -- yet our health continues to worsen

Relax, I am not going to waste much time debating health care reform, but I would like to tell you about a recent experience. Last month, I met Dr. John McDonough of the Harvard Department of Public Health. He served seven terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and was appointed by his good friend, Ted Kennedy,  to work on the original bipartisan health care bill (that ended up partisan) in the U.S. Senate long before Barack Obama took office.

This is the certificate in plant-based nutrition that John and I earned two years ago. 

A distinguished expert on public health policy and a regular blogger for the Boston Globe, Dr. Mcdonough also holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation and Cornell. And, like me, he is 100% certain that we'll never "fix" health care until we "fix" what's driving most of our bad health -- the food we eat."

Also like me, he is pretty much disgusted with the ineffective political football that health care has become; blogging recently on the Globe website:

While a large proportion of Americans say they don't like "ObamaCare (Affordable Care Act or ACA), they also say they like many of the law's provisions. But Mitt and his competitors for the Republican presidential nomination never get asked about those individual provisions the public likes. And the press corps has been thoroughly complicit in letting them get away with this.

He then goes on to list a total of fifty provisions that most people like and implores the media to start asking questions about those popular provisions, which are probably completely unknown to the general public. All they know is that if they vote Republican; then they don't like ObamaCare. Period. He wants the media to start asking Romney, Gingrich and others if they are committed to repealing provisions such as this one:

The ACA (ObamaCare) Requires health insurances to cover proven clinical preventive services without co-pays or deductibles.

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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at