- 54 million people benefited from the Affordable Care Act in 2011 source
» Approximately one-sixth of Americans received one or more additional preventive care services in 2011, as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a newly released report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Over 20 million adult women received an additional service, as well as 14 million children, and just under 20 million adult men. Of the 50 states, Wyoming had the fewest patients (102,000) receive a new service while California took the cake with more than 6 million patients, over 2 million more than 2nd place Texas, receiving at least one new preventive service last year.
Would it be that hard to put actual veggies on pizza? This is my eternal question with school lunch standards. Kids will eat vegetables if you serve them prepared in tasty ways.
Vegetables are expensive. Seriously. Unless it’s corn or soybeans, the subsidies the government gives to farmers make vegetables really expensive. It wouldn’t be cost effective for a lot of schools (especially poorer (read: black and brown) ones) to put anything more than processed food-meats and iceberg lettuce on the tables for their lunches. the USDA and the Obama Administration need to do way more than what they’re doing now. This is just my opinion. They need to get in there and fight like mad to help these kids.
Also, if you’ve seen the pizza they give these kids, it’s not made there at the school. It’s basically like those 99 cent “tony’s” pizzas from the grocery store. It’s just heated up at the schools and served. Vegetables probably wouldn’t last that freezing, shipping, or reheating process.
That’s why we need to do more to subsidize and improve the quality of school lunches. My mom runs a school where 60% of her students are on free and reduced lunches. Those kids usually don’t get packed lunches, and they depend on what they get at school to be filling, nutritious, and satisfying. For some of them, school meals are the only meals they get all day long. Pizza and iceberg lettuce do not cut it. Catering to those who manufacture the garbage that most students are subjected to only makes the problem worse.
Contrary to popular wisdom, eating at McDonald’s isn’t exactly cheap, costing some $28 for a family of four. Which might help explain the results of a recent study from the University of California, Davis, which found that people’s visits to fast-food joints increased along with their incomes, and that poor people were spending fewer dollars on fast food than lower-middle and middle-income Americans.
The authors said their study suggests that the availability of fast food isn’t the only driver of obesity in poor groups. “There is a correlation between obesity and lower income, but it cannot be solely attributed to restaurant choice,” said J. Paul Leigh, professor of public health sciences at U.C. Davis and senior author of the study, in a statement. “Fast-food dining is most popular among the middle class, who are less likely to be obese.”
The Family Research Council has issued a statement in reaction to yesterday’s CDC recommendation that boys get the HPV vaccine too.
The CDC is quick to point out that the vaccine also protects against anal, mouth, and throat cancer—but they downplay the fact that these cancers are almost entirely the result of men having homosexual sex! Apart from the cost of the shots (upwards of $140 million a year), perhaps the most infuriating aspect of all this is the government’s insistence that we look for ways to minimize the impact of promiscuity instead of working to encourage the end of it. Rather than asking young people to change their behavior, society is scrambling to enable it. It’s like trying to address the problem of drunk driving by making better airbags. We can’t tackle long-term safety with short-term solutions. And unfortunately, tiptoeing around the fundamental problem—premarital sex and homosexual sex—shows how far off course we are.
What you saw tonight is something much more sinister than not having a healthcare plan. It’s sadism, pure and simple. It’s the same impulse that led people in the Coliseum to cheer when the lions ate the Christians.