More Pearls from Nancy

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Yesterday I posted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) now legendary statement that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it. . . .”

Now let’s investigate this brilliant plea of hers for passage of the health-care monstrosity a bit further. Part of her joyous chirping to the masses was her focus on prevention. You see, she and the President, in their infinite wisdom, seem to believe that prevention is the key to virtually every possible  human malady.

“Prevention, prevention, prevention!” she crowed, exalting gloriously in the exciting potential inherent in this new prevention-based government takeover. “It’s about diet, not diabetes!”

Really.  Let’s think about what she is saying here, suggesting (as the President has many times himself in his own endless lectures on this subject) that all you need to do is eat right, and you need never worry about diabetes. Well, Ms. Pelosi, I’d say that’s news to diabetes patients everywhere.

To be blunt, Ms. Pelosi, you and the President are wrong. Just ask the parents of the wispy little 5-year-old girl who never met a homegrown vegetable she doesn’t like, newly diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. Or the strapping 19-year-old athlete, equally loyal to the food pyramid yet also responsible for daily blood monitoring and insulin injections. The list goes on and on, encompassing not only all kinds of people, but all kinds of conditions, as well. Leukemia. Brain tumors. Epilepsy. Cystic Fibrosis. Parkinson’s. Bone cancer….Prevention, Nancy? Are you sure?

But this really isn’t your point or the President’s, is it, Ms. Pelosi? Focus on prevention, prevention, prevention, and you not only make patients solely responsible for the onset and maintenance of their own diseases and health problems, you also elevate the government (i.e. you and the President) to a position of even greater, more tyrannical control over every aspect of our lives. So elevated, you can mandate what we eat, what we drink, how much we eat, how much we drink, where we live, what we wear, what we read, what we drive….

And this is only the begnning. Even as I write this, a New York State Legislator has introduced a bill that would outlaw the use of salt for the preparation of food in restaurants in New York (in other words, no salt for you, Bobby Flay and Gordon Ramsay and every other high-profile chef that has made NYC a culinary mecca). Nancy must be so proud of this effort. She’ll be even happier if New York passes the bill so the citizens of the state can see what’s in it.