Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Couldn't public benefits accept food as medicine?

Absurd, our U.S. patchwork support system: the poorest people on public benefits suffer preventable health problems from bad or insufficient food and housing. And then, under the right circumstances, they become entitled to the expensive best in "First World" medical care to fix the damage done by chronic poverty.

Today, in the SF Chron, a front-page report that, guess what, people suffer worse from HIV without an abundant and nutritious diet. It takes a study to explain this?

Meanwhile Food Stamps get cut.

Call me Pollyannish, but it seems a partial answer might be to create a system of entitlement to nutritious food by prescription. Doesn't it?

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