Worried about health reform? Just relax.

Posted in blog post on December 10th, 2009 by Merrill Markoe
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Perhaps you have also been fretting over the health care reform bill in its many and mysterious myriad mutations. I started out excited, especially about the public option and the idea of presenting a counter-punch  to those miserable insurance company behemoths,  their continually rising rates and their hideous unknowable opt-outs for pre-existing conditions etc. Then the public option started to blink on and off like a bunch of quantum dots and  the rest of the bill became more or less incomprehensible. So I decided to stop following the ongoing debate too closely.It was becoming too upsetting.

Today in the NYT I decided to take the bull by the horns and do some catching up on where it all stood. I would read the article entitled “Democrats See Room for Hope on Health Bill” with its sub-headline  “Obama Hails Deal- Details are Scanty.” I made it through the first sentence which is ” Senate Democrats said on Wednesday that they were not sure exactly what was in a deal that the majority leader said would surmount a disagreement over a proposed government health plan. But they voiced guarded optimism that it would ultimately help them pass major health care legislation.” Then it dawned on me “Well, if THEY don’t know what is in it,  why in the world am I getting myself upset because I don’t know?”

Its bad enough that for the last decade I have been co-dependent with the presidents.  During the 8 miserable years of the Bush administration, I was so filled with disgust and rage toward the president and vice president for their millions of arrogant amoral affronts to everything I held dear that I couldn’t even look at either of them when they appeared somewhere, let alone bring myself to listen to their public statements. It was just too upsetting. Now I have started to do the same thing with Barack Obama, but for the opposite reason. I like his intelligence and demeanor and analytical abilities so much and am so afraid that the quicksand  left behind by the Bush administration has put him in untenable situations to which there is no reasonable solution that once again I can’t watch. It is also  just too upsetting.

And then last night when I was walking around the market  in search of some comfort food that wasn’t too bad for me, I realized that all my worries about health care reform are for naught. Because as usual the wonderful 21st century world of American commerce and industry has stepped in to the void and is handling my health concerns for me.  Just like Milton Friedman predicted with his  free market economics. Even in the pre-packaged hot chocolate section there is more attention than ever to salubrity. (look it up.)Nestles Health drink

Behold.

The Women’s Wellness version of Nestle’s Hot Chocolate. Why, its as if the marketing department at Nestle’s designed it just for me! I’m a woman! I’m health conscious!  And look..its not just a steamy foamy cup of hot chocolatey deliciousness. No!  It says right there on the front of the box that its also an excellent source of calcium, antioxidant vitamins A,C and E, B6 , B12 and Iron!!! Pinch me, I must me dreaming!! This is the very treat I have been looking for all my life. Now let’s see whats in it because it can’t taste very good and be that good for me, can it?ingredients

First ingredient: sugar. Second ingredient: Corn syrup solids and partially hydrogrenated coconut or palm kernel and hydrogenated soybean…

Wow. Those are the same first three ingredients in candy!

So hats off to Nestles. Somehow they managed to get sugar, corn syrup and hydrogenated oil reclassified as health food!

I’m  been waiting for this moment my whole friggin life! How long can it be til they throw a little b12 and calcium in to Marlboro Reds and Jack Daniels? I can’t wait.

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9 Responses to “Worried about health reform? Just relax.”

  1. SusanM says:

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t understand any of it. I’m beginning to think my visual and auditory processing skills are being devoured by dementia. Even the wording of explanations is confusing. The only people who seem to understand the public option thing are crazed extremists who confidently say that anyone over 60 will be euthanized, we’re all going to Hell with diseased colons, or blah, blah, drool, slurp.
    I was so desperate that I asked a wise three-year-old if he understood it all. He said, “yes” I said, “Would you please explain it to me? ” and he said, “I don’t want to”. So I will wait
    How can we expect Obama to clean up any messes or start any positive change from this pit that was dug for us?
    Thanks for the comfort food tip. Chocolate pudding is a favorite of mine, especially the Kozy Shack brand that comes in a 16oz carton. It’s as good as homemade. Key ingredients- low fat milk, sugar, tapioca starch, and inulin!!??. You could whip in some broccoli or beet puree to increase the nutrition. I’ll stop now and try some Women’s Wellness.

    • Merrill Markoe says:

      Yes, but Susan…low fat milk is the first ingredient in Kozy Shack. An argument can be made for eating that stuff. Sugar is the first ingredient in this crap. And the second ingredient is corn syrup!

  2. Alyssa Rushmore says:

    For a while there, I had a severe addiction to Milk Chocolate Whippets. They’re a fancy, dark chocolate kind of Mallowmar. That is, I thought they were fancy because I bought them in a French gourmet food store. I could not open the box without eating the whole thing in one sitting. I started buying a box a day. Then a friend of mine said, “I looked at the ingredients on the side of your beloved Whippets, and guess what? They’re pure poison–it’s cancer food!” She was right: hydrogenated this, corn syrup that. I never ate them again.

    • SusanM says:

      I had a severe addiction to Hostess cupcakes when I was a kid. When I could sneak one, it was a treat because our mother, even way back then, curtailed our junk food intake. When I see them now, I still feel a little thrill even though consuming one is like swallowing an artificially flavored chocolate anvil.

  3. Barb says:

    Every time I see Obama on TV these days he looks borderline heartbroken, and it makes me sad, and not just because he’s hot (hunka hunka burnin’ love). There are so, it seems too, many farcical and dangerous idiots for him to defeat. If I hear the words ‘socialism’ or (Mr. Dobbs cover your ears) ‘communism’ to refer to providing universal health care to America’s citizenry I’m gonna pull my hair out. And as a Czech-born Canadian, I feel nauseous every time I see a politician point his/her fingers MY way and label my country ‘Communiss!’ Communism is a tank rolling down a narrow street while an 18-year-old kid on top of a tank points a gun at your 4-year-old head. And neither of you seem to know what for. Ensuring your citizens, regardless of ability to pay, receive care so they can enjoy good health, or simply avoid death? It’s a horrible thing to wish, but I do sometimes wish that the Iron Fist of true capital-c-Communism would come down on the heads of the Sarah Palins of the world. And as for socialist? If providing universal health care is socialist, so what? Anyway, sorry for my whining, but this topic really gets me going, it hurts me at a very basic level. I _am_ very happy that Baby Alex Lange finally got his health insurance despite his obvious obesity. You’re 4 months old Alex – get on that treadmill already, /B

    • SusanM says:

      It’s not whining, it’s venting.
      We’re so polarized from the Bush/Cheney regime and I think that’s what they wanted. They succeeded at that!
      I need a mallomar.

      • Barb says:

        Cheney is Evil Incarnate. I swear even a still photo of him exudes malevolence.

        Mallomars!I haven’t snacked on mallomars in ages, and now I want one and the stores are closed. Time to nap until they open :-)

  4. Deva says:

    Tonight I heated up organic soymilk, organic chocolate, maple syrup, and a dash of Grand Marnier. MMMMM Yeah for comfort food!

    • Deva says:

      I realize this is late in the game, however I wonder if I may have another chance to post. In my last entry I was having a haiku moment, still under the influence of hot chocolate and tickled at the synchronicity of your topic and that evening’s drink of choice. I failed, in my brevity, to integrate.
      I t seems to me the Military/industrial/complex isn’t the big bro anymore, it is the pharmaceutical companies/food and drug administration/insurance/medical association (with the government in their pockets) that have us by the balls, heart, throat, mind.
      They want us sick.
      My little hippie wellness drink, which took less time to make then it takes to stand in line at a coffee shop, is my delicious f#$&#k you to them all.
      First, all organic, no GMO. I’m not supporting Monsanto’s mutation, molecular pollution of paradise. Can you imagine if every time you ate a meal your waiter, chef, mom, lover, would say “Would you like poison or no poison?” Which would you choose? Of course a Twinkie or cheese fries is wonderful once and a while but poison, GMO corn syrup in every meal? No. Plus organic Maple syrup tastes so much better. Tree juice! Trees are strong, upright; get along well with other trees. You are what you eat, right?
      The soymilk packs 14 grams of protein so my body/brain gets the amino acids it needs for my thymus gland to produce the feel good hormones serotonin, 5-htp and L-dopa. I don’t need lithium or estrogen crème.
      The dark chocolate is rich in flavon-3-ol, an antioxidant that protects against bad cholesterol and neutralizes free radicals; better then Botox for it’s anti aging benefits, sometimes I add Chile (an anti-inflammatory) for the circulation, cinnamon to open the senses, so no viagra, Advil, fat burners or Prozac. No side effects. The splash of Grand Marnier thins the blood and relaxes the ventricle system there by increasing oxygen and the detoxification of the lungs. Forget Kumadine and oxycotine
      Mostly health is about balance, not too much, not to little. Strange how everything they try to sell us is a chopped up, ruined bit of nature. Although there is no cure for mortality, it is true it’s more nourishing, and more enjoyable just to eat the real thing. Comforting, really.