Kerry wants a "Dept. of Wellness"
The other head-scratcher uttered by Kerry in the past two days came Wednesday in Greensboro, N.C. There, in response to a question from a woman about the health problems caused by mold and indoor air contamination—and her complaint, "There's not one agency in this government that has come forward" to deal with the problem—Kerry endorsed the creation of a new federal department. "What I want to do, what I'm determined to do, and it's in my health-care plan, is refocus America on something that can reduce the cost of health care significantly for all Americans, which is wellness and prevention," Kerry said. So far, so good. But then, "And I intend to have not just a Department of Health and Human Services, but a Department of Wellness." Again, what? Apparently this idea comes from Teresa Heinz Kerry, who told the Boston Herald in January 2003 that she would, in the Herald's words, "be an activist first lady, lobbying for a Department of Wellness that would stress preventive health." Oh, boy. Preventive health is a fine idea, but do we need a new agency—I assume it's not Cabinet-level—to handle it?
You know. Actor Ron Silver (A democrat mind you ) says it best in his support of Bush in this upcoming election. Years from now, he fears our children will be looking back on these times...with the war on terror and all the threats against us as a nation and they will be saying, "You were arguing about privatizing social security and talking about health care in that election?"
That's just what we need. Maybe while Kerry is at it he can add a Dept. of Hugs and Kisses. His second term administration can open the Dept. of the Homeless and Laundry.
And the best part is this seems indicative of what a Kerry administration would bring domestically. I am speaking of Tereza Heinz. Since the Dept. of Wellness is originally her dumb idea. It is like buy one, get one free with these people.
For the love of all that is....