It’s going to be a great year

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By John Pawlak

You can tell it’s going to be a bad day when you wake up to find that your waterbed sprung a leak during the night. You can tell it’s going to be an even worse day when you remember that you don’t own a waterbed. Some days are better than others and some years are pretty much the same.

But this is going to be a great year.

The health care bill emerged from the congressional digestive system in pretty much the tubular shape we expected. The public option was reduced to an embarrassing skid mark by politicians constipated with PAC money from insurance monopolies. The Institute of Medicine estimates that 20,000 people will die this year as a result of not having medical coverage. Another 20,000 will die from insufficient coverage.

But perhaps we should question the wisdom of having any medical coverage at all. Deaths from iatrogenic injuries are staggering. Iatrogenic death roughly translates as “death by doctor.” Some 250,000 people will die this year from diagnostic errors, medication errors, infections incurred in hospitals, unnecessary surgery and reactions to drug therapy.

Additionally, 440,000 people will die this year from smoking related illness. Atherosclerosis, obstructive pulmonary diseases, lung cancer, coronary heart disease, it’s good to know that nicotine isn’t addictive!

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