Airport Body Scanners – Key to Health Care Reform?

January 6, 2010 at 1:21 am | Posted in Current Events, government spending, health care, humor, technology, terrorism | 1 Comment
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Reading a post, about airport security, on The World According to Keith Saunders an idea occurred to me.  Keith compares the cost of instituting new security measures and the number of lives they will save, with the number of lives saved and the cost of health care reform.

The new full body scanners are going to cost over 40 billion to install. Yet we were told that the U.S. couldn’t have the public option because of the money it would have cost. How many more people would survive through better health care? I’m betting it’s thousands of times the amount people who will be saved by enhanced security. read more

So I got to thinking, why not combine health care reform and enhanced airport security.  Surely the technology exists for the body scanners to become a twofer…an all-in-one security scanner and a medical diagnostic device (kind of like the all-in-one fax, printer, scanner, but more sophisticated).  While scanning for weapons or explosives it could look for diseases, clogged arteries, damaged organs, body mass index and much, much more.  Order now and you get a second scanner at half price and a George Foreman Grill.  Think of the advantages.  You get your yearly physical exam and a vacation for the price of a ticket to fly.


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  1. I cannot believe this will work!

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