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.
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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.