Healthcare reform and the food industry

There’s an interesting op-ed piece by Michael Pollan in the NY Times today.  He argues that if healthcare reform happens (fingers crossed!) and insurance companies are required to provide coverage to everyone at the same rates regardless of their health or pre-existing conditions, they’ll finally be incentivised to fund preventative care.

Obesity is a major and preventable cause of health care costs, so reducing America’s obesity rate will be in the best interests of insurance companies, and they’ll throw their weight (pun intended) behind agribusiness reform that to date has been a political no-go zone.

His theory makes sense.  Now we just need our honorable members of Congress to pull their thumbs out and pass a decent healthcare reform bill so we can see if Pollan is proved right.

– Anna

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