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Health Care: First, We Need To Reform Ourselves

September 6, 2009
by LOWELL P. WEICKER JR.
Hartford Courant

As the economy is showing some signs of life, we need to face a serious problem that is holding us back: How can we expect to compete with the rest of the world when most Americans can't even run around the block?

With two-thirds of Americans overweight or obese and one in five Americans smoking, we're not as healthy as we need to be to keep up in today's global economy. Until we improve the productivity of American workers and reduce health care costs, we'll be carrying extra baggage as we try to grow our economy. Literally.

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