Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Opus 2011-349, Tax Dollars at Work: The Lap Band

If you have not noticed the deluge of advertising for the Lap Band you probably are one of those people who still believes in hope and change.  It is everywhere; the advertising, not the hope.  At times I have seen three different bill boards at one time from the freeway.  I can get multiple junk mail pleas in one day.

My guess is that some government regulation has forced the insurance companies to cover this procedure.  If you read the fine print, you are reassured that your insurance will probably cover the procedure.  That is well and good but that probably means it is somehow being subsidized by your tax dollars.  Nothing is free.  Someone pays.  If the government is not paying through one of its many conduits of your money then you at least have the assurance of knowing that one reason your health insurance costs so much is because someone wants the doctor to help them lose weight.

Weight loss surgery.  Cosmetic surgery.  Sun glasses.  Electric wheel chairs.  The list can go on. 

And if you have a job, you are paying for the service, even if you are not using it.

homo unius libri


  1. My doctor keeps trying to get me to have that surgery. I remind him that I currently make only $7.55 an hour, have no insurance and that the surgery STARTS at $10,000. Then, I also remind him that if I croak due to my weight, it's no one’s fault but my own. He's not happy with me. He probably gets mucho moolah for referrals.

  2. The untold details involve the long term effectiveness of the procedure. Even with the surgery it is necessary to cut down on the food intake. My understanding is that over a period of time people begin to eat more and gain the weight again.

    Weight is a matter of science. Too many calories taken in means weight gain. It doesn't matter how small the stomach is if you keep filling it.

    Ask someone who has had the procedure to show you how much they get to eat.

    Grace and peace.


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