The recent presidential election (thank goodness it’s safely behind us now) focused a lot on medicare, social security, and a number of other issues that affect seniors. But rarely did I hear anyone talking about issues that affect children. Oversight? Deliberate ignoring? An acknowledgment that children don’t vote why bother doing anything for them? Whatever the reason, our kids are in trouble and they need our–and our country’s–help.
With Men’s Health Month in the news, just about everyone knows that men live shorter (by about 5-6 years), less-healthier lives than women. Every year, hundreds of thousands of men die prematurely from thoroughly preventable causes. And millions more suffer injury, disability, and chronic illness that could have been prevented.
Given all that, you’d think that men’s health would be a major part of any discussion about healthcare reform. But it’s not. And that’s too bad, because even if you forget about the tragic loss of life (and quality of life), ignoring men’s health costs Federal and state governments and the private sector more than $300 billion per year.