Thursday, 1 April 2010

A reform on the U.S. McHealth system

As a quintessentially English person, my knowledge on the U.S. health reform is sketchy to say the least.

From what I’ve been able to ascertain by in depth research on Wikipedia, America is the only wealthy, industrialised nation on the planet that doesn’t have a general health care system, although the country spends more on health care than any other. The debate over the health care reform seems to centre around people’s right to be given such care, ease of access to it, fairness, sustainability, and quality.

Well I’ll put my European perspective on it and suggest that the debate should be centred around the most likely root cause of health issues in the States. McDonalds.

We all know that Americans like their burgers. This is evident by the horizontal dimensional aspect of the average person. So what I propose is that, instead of a health care reform, they should have a McDonalds reform. I recommend reducing the Big Mac to a low-carb Little Mac, a McFlurry with a McFruit Salad and the Egg McMuffin with a low-fat McYoghurt. French Fries (or chips to the rest of the world) will be replaced by sticks of celery and the traditional Coca-Cola will be replaced by spring water or freshly squeezed orange juice. The drive-thru will of course be banned so people will have to walk into the restaurant to order their food.

I estimate this will reduce obesity by 56% and heart disease by a further 48%. This will mean less need for a health care system altogether because people will be generally healthier. Of course, we all know that going into a McDonalds and ordering a salad would be like walking into a brothel and asking for a hug so this idea may need more input before being implemented.

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