Reid interviewed doctors, politicians, patients, and experts in eachcountry he visited. Everyone had gripes, and all the systems he examined werestruggling with rising costs. But countries with universal coverage differ from theU.S. in a striking way—they accept that everyone has a right to medical careand, out of fairness, one system should apply to all. America must ask itself, Reidwrites: "Should society guarantee health care the way we guarantee the right tothink and pray as you like, to get an education, to vote in free elections? Or ismedicine a commodity to be bought and sold?"Health care and food care are intimately related. We can’t get healthy ina system set up to make big profits on being sure we are stuffed, starved, and illinformed.2. Regardless of how we decide to pay for health care, real health comesfrom what and how we eat.In his book
Stuffed & Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System
, author Raj Patel says, “Today, when we produce more food than ever before, more than one in ten people on Earth are hungry. The hunger of 800million happens at the same time as another historical first: that they areoutnumbered by the one billion people on this planet who are overweight.”He goes on to say that the reason the world is both “starved” and “stuffed”is social rather than personal. “Global hunger and obesity,” he says, “aresymptoms of the same problem, and what’s more, the route to eradicating worldhunger is also the way to prevent global epidemics of diabetes and heartdisease, and to address a host of environmental and social ills.”2.Big profits are made getting us to go from blue to red.The Center for Disease Control has a color coded map showing our increasing obesity levels.