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Disease Is Expensive October 22, 2007

Posted by fitsnews in Pop Culture, SC Politics.

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FITSNews – October 22, 2007 – According to a new study by the Milken Institute, chronic illnesses cost the State of South Carolina $17.8 billion annually, making our state’s sorry excuse for a health care system a lot more expensive than our sorry excuse for a school system. The report, entitled “An Unhealthy America,” was released in Columbia, S.C. today by Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.

“We’ve long known the human toll of chronic disease in our state and in our nation,” Bauer said. “This new data from the Milken Institute brings to light the true cost burden of our failure to address chronic disease. It is clear we must reduce the rate of chronic disease to avoid potentially devastating economic damage to our state and nation.”

Bauer, who runs South Carolina’s Office on Aging, should know what he’s talking about seeing as so many of the elderly constituents he serves suffer from chronic diseases. In a speech earlier this month, Bauer pointedly challenged the 2008 presidential candidates to pay more attention to senior issues, citing the effective prevention of chronic disease as one of those issues.



1. Believe It Not - October 22, 2007

will, will, sic(k) will!!!

You are such a pimp for the voucher scam. You know the real causes of the education issues in SC. We’ve pointed them out to you and your readers over and over and over and over.

The Energizer Bunny could take lessons.

Do we need to repeat them again and again and again: poverty, latent racism and a host of social issues you turn your head to.

Has Andre hired you, too? We know Big Daddy Shealy is still driving his propaganda train. Andre’s pseudo concern for the elderly is a play straight out of Big Daddy’s play book.

You’ve read it, right?

It’s under the chapter called:
“Pander to the Elderly – They’re Easy to Fool!”

Vouchers are clearly the solution. Particularly for the elderly.

Get Andre to create a voucher scam to address chronic disease. Make sure it also addresses world hunger and tooth decay.

2. Wallace - October 23, 2007

Why is this person, Believe it Not…so angry? Jealous? Negative?

3. Beachy - October 23, 2007

Prevention of chronic disease is a worthwhile venture. Properly done, it will save the State billions. It will enhance the lives of our citizens, and make SC a better place to live.

I don’t care who promotes it or is involved…the prevention of chronic disease should be among our top priorities.

Hats off to Andre Bauer and anyone else willing to put themsleves on the line for this goal. More governmental officials should sign on and become involved.

4. Rob W. - October 23, 2007

What exactly does it mean when people in general and you in particular say, “we have to do something about preventive care”?

I can only think of a few things
1. Spend government money to preventively treat people.
2. Spend government money to convince people to lose weight, stop smoking, etc.
3. Force insurance companies to treat people with (better) preventive care.
4. Reform Medicare to allow for (better) preventive care.

All these might be necessary, but it seems that only the last (rather difficult) one would square with your free-market views. Am I missing something?

5. Dave VanHinkel - October 24, 2007

Do you think KFed is saying in this picture, “Dude, smell my fingers!”

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