Filed under: Food + Health | Tags: barack obama, confirmation hearings, environment, healthcare, HHS, Kansas, kathleen sebelius, pollution
A while ago, I was advocating for Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to stay in Kansas and help battle the eminent threat of two coal power plants proposed to be built in Holcomb Kansas. Well, she didn’t listen to me.
But maybe the second time’s the charm?
With an environmentally friendly secretary of HHS, maybe the environmental movement will start to be seen as a close counterpart to the nation’s “health care crisis.”
Not to long ago, I was arguing with my friends about what they would rather have: a universal healthcare system or a clean environment. With only so much money to go around (and the mass expense of a universal healthcare system), I asked them to pick one. After complaining about “that’s not fair” and “I’d do both” a few of them considered that maybe if we spent money cleaning up our environment now, we wouldn’t have to spend so much money taking care of everyone later.
Aren’t many of our cancer problems related to our environment? Haven’t we seen the correlation between the air we breathe and the water we drink and our health? I think it’s obvious, but I think what’s less obvious is why we continue to focus on some Utopian healthcare system instead of cleaning up the trash around us.
If we continue to pump money into taking care of us after we are already sick, instead of lowering the number of environmentally related illnesses, those lines people complain about in Canada will look like the express lane at Hy-Vee compared to the packed waiting rooms we’ll start experiencing here. Remember we have about 270,000,000 more people than Canada.
The senate is set to confirm Sebelius sometime next week and despite her abortion and tax woes, no one seems to think that he confirmation vote will be anything but successful.
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