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Regulations and How They Work

One of my recent e-mails indicated how “we” used to live. Filled with how we survived without regulations was the tenet of the text: thawing meat on a counter-top, cutting a chicken on a wood board, swim in just plain ole water – no chlorine. The list went on and on. However it never said anything about people of today living into their late 80s, even to 100s.
The point, I'm sure, was to “leave us alone” and let us make our own decisions.

That would be fine, except insurance companies were paying out huge money to repair the damages.

The life expectancy during the 1800s was in the 37 year range. Shorter before that. 1900s brought us 60s and 70s as life expectancies. 2000 it looks as if 80 will be the norm for life expectancy.

Prostate cancer, for instance, did hardly exist in the 1800s and only slightly increased numbers in the 1900s. Now? It's almost an epidemic.

Why all these changes? One reason: life insurance companies demanded government establish regulations regarding health and safety. They were in the business of insuring, yes, but moreso, they had to pay dividends to their stock holders; ergo, less out, more in.

Another reason, the prostate cancer, for instance, had some social implications, ie., less sex later in life made the “gunk” – as my doctor told me – last longer in the prostate and caused damage which turned cancerous. “You need to clean out the gunk,” he told me. How? “Well, you'll have to figure that out yourself,” he almost advised.

Insurance companies, I've been told – by a lawyer representing insurers – have written almost 80% of all the “regulations.”

They get the same in, less out, their investors are happy as clams in sauce.

Just saying, get over it, folks, you buy your way to the show, now enjoy it.