In 2009, Former Democratic Congresswoman Kathleen Dahlkemper sponsored Bill H.R.3472.
The bill was designed to provide for health insurance coverage premium discounts for healthy behavior and improvements toward healthy behavior.
In essence, people who exercise, eat healthy and don’t smoke would have been rewarded with lower health insurance premiums.
- Democrats liked it because of it’s focus on preventative care
- Republicans like it’s low cost
Too bad the bill was killed by political lobby groups.
Lobby groups for the…
- American Heart Association
- American Cancer Society
- American Diabetes Association
The tobacco industry I could understand. Or the fast food industry. Or the soda manufacturers.
But…the American Cancer Society?… the American Heart Association?
Why would they oppose a bill that promotes healthy living?
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It all comes down to money.
And because they made it all about money, I am following their lead and no longer donating any of my money to charities that act like this.
Instead, I am going to help out the local community groups that are trying to build fitness parks or new playgrounds for our kids or bring healthy food trucks into food deserts.
If anyone knows of any charities or “health promoting” community groups looking for financial assistance, please leave their info with your comment