Thursday, August 21, 2008

Harry and Louise Should Be Talking About Chronic Illness

Sorry, but the Disease Management Care Blog isn’t impressed by the latest Harry and Louise caper. America’s Healthcare Couple have been brought back to highlight the plight of folks such as Lisa’s husband. If you go to the harryandlousiereturn web site, you’ll learn the advocacy groups in Lisa’s husband’s corner are the American Cancer Society, the American Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Association, Families USA and the National Federation of Independent Businesses. For a misanthropic summary of these and other special interest groups’ use of money and power in the healthcare policy debates, check out the healthcareblog here and then decide it's best if Mr. Smith reconsiders ever going to Washinton.

What struck the DMCB was the relatively narrow focus of this anecdotal ad. While too many persons are caught between jobs with catastrophic illness, Lisa’s spouse isn’t necessarily a good summary of the big ticket and politically correctable ailments of the U.S. health care system. So, as a public service, the DMCB offers up some Harry and Louse Ver. 2.0:

Harry: Health care costs are up again. Small companies are being squeezed by the cost of chronic illness

Louise: Tell me about it. You know Betty’s obese husband just found out he has diabetes.

Harry: But he’s changing his diet and exercising, right?

Louise: No, he just joined a start up and says he can’t afford the time.

Harry: Too many people are unaware of what they can do reduce their risk.

Louise: Whoever the next President is, chronic illness should be at the top of the health care agenda. Bring everyone to the table and at least make THAT happen.

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