Updated 7/27/2012: Minor changes throughout to clarify each point.
Updated 4/29/2011: The last paragraph has been changed.
Plans to cut the national debt and repeal health care reform miss the main issue. We can’t pay our bills without people.
Dead people don’t make money, spend money, or pay taxes. Business and public policies in the U.S. kill people.
Policies Force Tough Choices
Some policies overlook bad working conditions and consumer health; rules that help workers sometimes stress employers.
Even fair employers will cut jobs if the costs of regulation and paperwork run too high. These costs can kill or delay the dreams of entrepreneurs who want to create more jobs.
People who don’t have jobs can’t buy goods and services. When demand falls, tax proceeds drop and public employees lose their jobs.
Workers who keep their jobs work more hours. Longer hours leave less time for relaxation, personal business, and family.
Overwhelmed couples feel unable to give children the time and money they need and have smaller families or no children at all. Some seek abortions to protect unborn children from stress that never ends.*
Uncontrolled stress increases the death rate by 40%, says a study by the late Hans Eysenck of the University of London. But most stress-related chronic illnesses, like heart disease, are expensive because they kill people slowly.
Conditions related to or aggravated by stress cause 70-80% of all doctor’s visits, says “Healthy People 2000,” a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The report also says the $200-300 billion spent on job-related stress each year includes absenteeism, productivity losses, and insurance claims. And private insurers or public programs pick up the tab when someone retires with a disability that was caused by stress.
Local, state, and federal governments increase taxes, and businesses increase prices to cover those costs. Rising costs decrease cash flow and cause more stress for all.
Excess stress leads to a long, slow death. The costs of a slow death are much higher than the costs of a slow life.
The national debt and health care costs will fall when we make choices that reduce our stress. Without dramatic changes, a shrinking number of people will be left to split the bills.
* Note: The above statement was about reality, not my personal beliefs on abortion.
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