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Health care is expected to change more over the next 10 years than it has in the past 50. By 2020, 20 cents of every dollar will be spent on health care, and there won't be enough doctors and nurses to provide care. If gas had risen at the same rate as health care spending since 1980, we would be paying $9 per gallon. So with more spending equals more coverage, right? And more coverage means more healthy people?Wrong, says award-winning veteran journalist Steve Jacob. In his new book Health Care in 2020: Where Uncertain Reform, Bad Habits, Too Few Doctors, and Skyrocketing Costs are Taking Us, he reveals what can truly be done to change the course of American health.Jacob argues that health reform fails to address the root issue of disease: Lifestyle (smoking, obesity, poor diet, and binge drinking). And since "Obamacare," was shaped by the health care industry, and is unlikely to curb rising health care costs, workforce shortages or health behavior of most Americans. He says Americans can do more for their longevity by taking personal preventative steps than waiting for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 to act as a safety net.Jacob says that we require less care – not more. And the way to achieve that is to vote with our dollars and our minutes, spending our money on foods that nourish us, and our time on activities that sustain us. This is the real answer to bringing down health care costs.
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