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Physician, heal thyself February 22, 2010

Posted by WillardWhyte in Politics.
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It’s hard to get into this without running the risk of seeming callous, but it all just seems so silly and misguided.

There is a role for government in minding the marketplace to ensure the general welfare by either pointing out hazards or requiring vendors to do so in big type or by simply saying you can’t sell that.

But we aren’t going to redesign the hot dog. It’s just not a priority.

Maybe we need to help some young moms and dads who do not grasp the dangers inherent in some foods, including the hot dog. And maybe everyone needs to learn the Heimlich Maneuver along with other basic first aid. I’ve seen it happen with a French fry right in front of my face.

But I, for one, would like to see this occur as part of regular Well-Baby care and counseling delivered by pediatricians to every American family through some sort of universal insurance system.

I wish the American Academy of Pediatrics was a little more vocal and creative in its support of coming up with a design for that.

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