The unpopular individual mandate, which requires most Americans (other than those who qualify for a hardship exemption) to carry a minimum level of health coverage, has been repealed by the new Republican tax bill. Passed by both houses of Congress, the bill will be signed into law by President Trump.
According to Reuters, in a Dec. 06 2017 article, "Growth in healthcare spending in the United States slowed in 2016 following two years of expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a government health agency reported on Wednesday."
Davis Liu, MD asserts, in a KevinMD post dated November 26, 2017, that the "issue lies in the false dichotomy...often create<d> by asking whether physicians or business people should ultimately be responsible for hospital care."
"Hospital administrators easily manipulated physicians, treating them as if they were hired hands. Insurance companies were dealing with them as if they were employees. Government programs...controlled key aspects of doctors' work, told them how much they would be paid, and what procedures they would be paid for," according to Dr. Sanford A. Marcus, a surgeon in private practice who formed the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD).
A Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) post dated 10/3/17 examines the relationship between cancer and obesity:
Overweight and obesity are associated with at least 13 different types of cancer. These cancers make up 40% of all cancers diagnosed. About 2 in 3 occur in adults 50-74 years old. Most types of these cancers associated with overweight and obesity increased from 2005-2014. More than half of Americans don't know that overweight and obesity can increase their risk for cancer. Many things are associated with cancer, but avoiding tobacco use and keeping a healthy weight are among the most important things people can do to lower their risk of getting cancer.