One’s health – both mental and physical – is the most important asset if good (liability if bad) that a person can possess. Without good health, a person cannot be productive in the workplace. With so many in danger of poor health (if they aren’t already in poor health) because of COVID, drugs, and guns in our society, our economy (which so many are worried about) will get worse, not better. And it doesn’t matter who is in the Whitehouse in America if changes do not occur – and sooner rather than later. If what is proposed in the letter linked below becomes law in Texas (and if other states follow), lawyers will be making a lot of money and a lot of women’s health may decline.
COVID (so far) has already made the life expectancy of people in the United States decline. Gun violence deaths factored in and now laws making abortion illegal (not to mention our horrible health care system whereby profit making insurance corporations are controlling what our doctors can do to help people in need of health care for other reasons) will make life expectancy decline more.
Just as an informal type of survey, I have been watching the obituaries in papers published in Waycross, Georgia. What most of them say is So-and-so passed away after a brief illness (or extended illness). I am 70 years old, and about half of the people dying are younger than me in a community that is increasingly becoming a place retirees are coming to live (which means there are a lot of 65+ people here). Fortunately (so far), this place is one of the safest places in the U.S. to live – in my opinion – meaning people are rarely murdered here. I always question in my mind what the “brief illness” is. I believe that there are a lot of cases of COVID going unreported. I know based on statistics that there is a uptick in the number of COVID cases reported here in recent weeks. And according to the last data I saw, only about 1/3 of the people in the Waycross area are vaccinated. I estimate that less than 5 percent of the people here are wearing a mask anywhere.
Now with abortions probably going to be banned (certainly beyond 6 weeks) in Georgia and many people here being so poor that they often don’t get good medical care at all, added to COVID fastly on the uptick and people not taking vaccines, and with no community now immune from danger of gun violence, I worry.
I am so glad I am 70 years old and that I grew up in a different country that what the U.S. is turning into today. (And yes, the U.S. felt like a different county than it has become since Trump’s first year in office. I am not a Trump fan!) My hope and prayer is that the youth of this country (and most are smart and good people) step up and make better selections through their votes than their elders have done……And I am referring to who you put in Congress and who you put in as governors and state legislators, not just as president. Governors, local and state representatives, and federal house of representatives and senators matter more than the president of the U.S. when it comes to the laws of this land.