U.S. manages disease, not health (video)

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Editor’s note: Andrew Weil is the author of “You Can’t Afford to Get Sick: Your Guide to Optimum Health and Health Care.” Tune in to the documentary film, “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare,” at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET Sunday, March 10.

(CNN) — The most insistent political question of the past four years has been: How can more Americans get access to medical care?

The federal response was the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Better known as “Obamacare,” it is a complex mix of insurance changes and tax credits. When the act takes effect on January 1, 2014, it will provide access to insurance to about 30 million people who currently don’t have it.

Unfortunately, that was the wrong question. So the looming “answer” is wrong as well.

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