March 1, 2010

A HEALTH CARE COST CONTAINMENT POSTER PRESIDENT? “President Obama hasn’t kicked the smoking habit, takes anti-inflammatory medication to relieve chronic tendinitis in his left knee and should eat better to lower his cholesterol, his team of doctors concluded Sunday after the 48-year-old’s first medical checkup as commander in chief.” Huh. I’ve never smoked, and my cholesterol is 163. But, of course, I lead the healthy law-professor lifestyle. In my experience, politics doesn’t foster healthy habits. On the other hand, a guy with high cholesterol who still smokes is ill-suited to play national Health Nanny.

UPDATE: Several readers are concerned about the recommendation for “moderation in alcohol intake,” but I think that’s just boilerplate.

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