Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Why We're Sick

This is a nation of sick people. The fact that our system of health care is broken only accentuates the problem.

A few weeks ago, the film Food Inc. opened, and one of the stunning facts presented in the film proclaimed that one-third of all people born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes. That's an astounding number.

The lack of preventive care is obviously a contributing factor, but even worse than that is the food we eat.

Have you tried "eating healthy"? It's not only difficult to do in this fast-food world, but also exorbitantly expensive. If you're trying to feed a family on a limited budget, it's much cheaper to buy the way-too-convenient and inexpensive meals pushed by the fast food places on just about every corner than to seek out the much more expensive stuff that's actually good for you.

In comes Jill Richardson, one of the leading grassroots food activists in America, who's been blogging about food issues at Daily Kos and her own blog, La Vida Locavore. Jill's first book, Recipe for America: Why Our Food System is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It has just been released, and she'll join us tonight in the first hour of the show.

In the second hour tonight, I'll be joined by Eric Boehlert, senior fellow at Media Matters for America, who wrote a piece yesterday that nails one of the big problems we're facing in the fight over health care reform... the media! It's called Health Care Mobs = Swift Boat Vets. And the press plays dumb, again.

I'll also congratulate Barney Frank for showing his colleagues how to deal with the wing nuts who show up at their town hall meetings...

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