And so it begins. 

For those who want “more of the same” regarding healthcare insurance, here’s a peek into the future.  Open enrollment begins for most companies in less than two months.  The employees of a local health department have already been informed that their premiums will be increased by six hundred dollars and they will have to sign an affidavit attesting that they do not smoke.  If they smoke, their premiums will be increased even more dramatically.

The handwriting’s on the wall.  If you have a chronic illness such as diabetes, hypertension, or a heart condition, be prepared for your premiums to rise.  If you are obese, be prepared for your premiums to rise – substantially. 

Promoting personal responsibility and lifestyle changes is one thing.  Forcing the issue is quite another.   To all those who are tired of the status quo but afraid of healthcare reform, let me share the infinite wisdom of the late Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, President Emeritus, Morehouse College:

“The tragedy of life is not found in failure but complacency. Not in you doing too much, but doing too little. Not in living above your means, but below your capacity. It is not failure but aiming too low that is life’s greatest tragedy.” –            

Aim high, America.  Aim high.


Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway will return from vacation in one week.