Health Inequality

Obama administration to the rescue.

From cradle to grave, minority populations tend to suffer poorer health and get poorer health care than white Americans. In a first-of-its-kind report, the government is recommending steps to reduce those disparities.

The plan being released Friday runs the gamut from improving dental care for poor children to tapping “promotoras,” savvy community health workers who can help guide their Spanish-speaking neighbors in seeking treatment.

But it acknowledges that giving everyone an equal shot at living a healthy life depends on far more than what happens inside a doctor’s office — or steps that federal health officials can take.

“It’s also a product of where people live, labor, learn, play and pray,” Dr. Howard Koh, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, told The Associated Press. “We really need a full commitment from the country to achieve these goals.”

We really need a full commitment from the country. Those poor people don’t know what they’re doing to themselves. We need to SAVE them from themselves. Err, I mean, save them from the situation society has put them in.

American Thinker:

The tip-off to the underlying paternalism is the assumption that poor health reflects a lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables plus barriers to physical activity. This is a familiar refrain from America’s egalitarian Mandarins — without government intercession broccoli and apples are beyond reach, and so minorities will naturally (and foolishly) choose double bacon cheeseburgers. Similarly, without Washington’s counsel, minorities are incapable of walking, jogging, or doing sit-ups in their living room. In a sense, minorities are viewed as young children unable to help themselves, and, furthermore, capitalist markets just refuse to satisfy minority customer demand for fresh produce or gyms. Where is capitalist greed when we need it?

Capitalists HATE the poor, that’s what it is. Racism, straight up.

Luckily, we have government make work programs to the rescue!

If one digs a little deeper than upbeat media news accounts the program’s real purpose emerges — promoting statism (see here). The aim is not just helping African Americans get cheaper, more convenient colonoscopies. In particular, since all this haranguing to eat better, stop smoking, have safe sex, etc., etc. will probably not reduce the healthcare gap (consider all the past failed public health PR campaigns), the only sure outcome is more bloated government as efforts are multiplied. HHS openly links the initiative to ObamaCare and explicitly hopes to “transform” health care, hardly the type of program that could be funded without recourse to congressional approval.

Government creep is everywhere; Michelle’s “Let’s Move” campaign now targets Churches for the business of expanding the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Most worrisome, though, are the administration’s efforts to have congregations place themselves in the service of government as recruiters for the welfare state. Congregations are told to “encourage eligible families to enroll their children in [government-subsidized] school meal programs”; if organizations operate day-care or after-school programs, they are advised to pursue reimbursement for meals and snacks through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (a federally funded, state-administered welfare program). Places of worship are asked to serve as feeding sites for the Summer Food Service Program—another federally funded, state-run welfare project. Sections on breastfeeding and supporting pregnant women and new mothers tell churches to “promote participation” in the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

The “good news” one hears at church will now include information about how to sign up for food stamps and school lunches.

What could go wrong? Churches, preaching the gospel

[They]speak to Americans about temptation and temperance, sin and redemption, repentance and love. Without apology, the various faiths and denominations, each in its own way, present to their followers a coherent vision of a well-ordered life—whether they focus on character, will power, and self-discipline or on God’s grace as the way to achieve it.

Perfect fit, no?

No.

Many of the places where childhood obesity is most prevalent—poor urban neighborhoods, African-American and Hispanic communities—are also those that have been most devastated by the breakdown of the family. The behavior patterns that contribute to childhood obesity—lack of supervision, too many meals eaten outside the home, a dearth of physical activity—are related to a shortage of adult attention and investment in children’s health and good habits.

Oh. Right.

The people we need to reach are either NOT in church, or not listening to the message anyway.

And, thus, these programs become nothing but a vehicle to expand the welfare state. Under the guise of “improving health.”

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2 Comments on “Health Inequality”


  1. I’m so glad that Jesus died for my pasta addiction, and I thank him for giving me government, and the broccoli and argula it brings, so that I can remain healthy and strong and continue to earn and produce of the benefit of my fellow man, and of course, my betters, whom he has appointed to make all my decisions for me, and save me from from the arduous burden of making my own destiny. Amen.

  2. Car in Says:

    “So he replied to the messengers, Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor received EBT cards ” not-Luke 7:22


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