Why write this book on the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare?
Because the hagiography surrounding Obamacare needed to be taken on headfirst. The law's conceptual underpinning is that Americans need more medical care, and that more medical care will produce health (and cost containment). Nothing could be further from the truth. We are the most over-diagnosed, over-medicated, over-treated, over-screened culture in human history.
If we want a leaner, stronger, more efficient and effective healthcare system, we are going to have to become all those things are ourselves.
How does your book help readers accomplish those goals?
American confusion over how to live a healthy lifestyle is widespread. This is in part because we no longer know which sources of information are trustworthy and a great deal of health reporting in the popular media is just plain wrong.
I am a fitness fundamentalist. The most important things you can do for yourself are the simplest, most basic, and repetitive. Exercise, eat wisely, don't smoke, drink modestly if at all, get lots of sleep. Repeat. We are the fattest, laziest culture in the history of Western civilization. Our most important lever for fixing our healthcare system is to fix ourselves.
Where does President Obama really go wrong in his promotion of his signature law?
The President is not himself particularly smart on health policy. He wrongly perceives "health" as a product of the medical care industry, and he mistakenly believes that you can improve the health of the population by shoving people into the medical care industry for care, whether they need it or not. It is the biggest strategic miscalculation in the history of the concept of health.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am passionate about my beliefs, can support my positions with data, logic and facts, and I can present material in ways that are compelling, memorable, and unique.
What should the President have said?
The President should have issued a call to arms over health and healthcare that motivated people to take charge of their own health lives. No President since John F. Kennedy has done that. Every other President has viewed health as something intertwined with healthcare, and they are different things. But, with President Obama, we have a President who is committed to creating a healthcare monstrosity, a healthcare system on steroids.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The opportunity to express myself, unfiltered and unvarnished.
What do your fans mean to you?
If people like my work, I am very gratified. I want to impact peoples' lives...their thinking, their behavior, their beliefs, their attitudes. That's why I write. If someone doesn't like my work. Meh. Who cares?
What are you working on next?
I have a number of articles in the works. People can follow me on my two blogs:
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What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
As an old song says, "Thank you, Lord, for thinkin' 'bout me, I'm alive and doing fine." Everday with my family and friends is blessing and an opportunity. I aim to take full advantage of both every day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Helping to prepare a market launch for my tech start-up, researching new materials, exercising, being with my son, hanging out with my dogs.
What are you reading now?
Fiction: Carolyn McCray's Betrayed series...I love adventure books. Nonfiction: The Art of War by Sun Tzu; Clash of Civilizations by Samuel P. Huntington.
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