8: Chloe’s Story – Big Government Impedes Self-Improvement

Chris Spangle and Chloe Anagnos explain how government interferes with a person’s ability to improve their lives in a new installment of The Cost: The Human Toll of Government Policy.



Show Notes:

How Big Government Hurts Those with Chronic Conditions

According to the CDC, chronic conditions are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States.

Chronic diseases and conditions—such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis—are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems.

  • As of 2012, about half of all adults—117 million people—had one or more chronic health conditions.
  • One in four adults had two or more chronic health conditions.
  • Seven of the top 10 causes of death in 2014 were chronic diseases. Two of these chronic diseases—heart disease and cancer—together accounted for nearly 46% of all deaths.
  • Obesity is a serious health concern. During 2011–2014, more than one-third of adults (36%), or about 84 million people, were obese (defined as body mass index [BMI] ≥30 kg/m2). About one in six youths (17%) aged 2 to 19 years was obese (BMI ≥95th percentile).
  • Arthritis is the most common cause of disability. Of the 54 million adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, more than 23 million say they have trouble with their usual activities because of arthritis.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations other than those caused by injury, and new cases of blindness among adults.

For those with chronic conditions, it’s difficult to get the medicine they need because:

Starting this year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will be enforcing new rules that limit the accessibility of almost every Schedule II opioid pain medication manufactured in the U.S. by 25 percent or more. This eliminates phone-in refills and mandates a check-in with a doctor every 90 days for a refill in an effort to curb opioid drug abuse and addiction.

In the United States, Schedule III and IV drugs, (like Xanax, Suboxone, etc.) are treated similarly. Moreover, a government ID must be presented in order to obtain things like cold medicine which could potentially be used to make Schedule I drugs like methamphetamine.

If I were to buy nasal decongestant in my home state of Indiana, not only would I need to present my driver license to the pharmacist, but my name, address, license number, and other personal information must be reported to the Indiana State Police and the Indiana Meth Investigation System.

Chronic Conditions and Big Government’s Unintended Consequences

Many know of the benefits of medical marijuana, but the federal government limits the amount of research that can be done:

“Research on marijuana’s potential for medicinal use has been hampered for years by federal restrictions, even though nearly half of the states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana in some form.”

www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/08/18/feds-limit-research-marijuana-medical-use/31547557/

7: Addi’s Story – Healing Epilepsy with CBD Oil

John and Jess Hooker join Chris Spangle for a conversation about their daughter’s epilepsy and the improvement in her symptoms since introducing her to CBD oil. Originally recorded as episode 194 of We Are Libertarians.

6: Miah’s Story – The Life of an Outcast

What happens when society makes a person a pariah? Our podcast Creating Miah is a conversation between Chris Spangle and Miah Akston as she transitions from male to female. More than that, it is a process of self-discovery and a hard look at social norms in our society. In this episode, originally recorded for Creating Miah in Series Two, Episode Two, Miah contemplates suicide.

5: Rachel’s Story – Profit Over Lives in Our Prisons

Chris Spangle and Greg Lenz sit down to talk to Claude “Woody” Wood and Linda Martel of Indianapolis, IN about the death of Woody’s daughter Rachel Wood while an inmate in Indiana prisons. It is is a difficult story that shows us the tragic results of an inhumane system. Be sure to read the coverage of this story in the South Bend Tribune by Virginia Black. This was originally episode 91 of We Are Libertarians.

4: Richard’s Story – What is Life Like After Prison?

Chris Spangle and Brett Bittner are joined again by Derone Caldwell and Richard Samuels to discuss life after prison, issues facing the black community, and how to unite the country to reform our justice system. Originally recorded as episode 163 of We Are Libertarians.

3: Derone’s Story – What is it like to go to prison for 18 years?

Chris Spangle, Chloe Anagnos, and Brett Bittner are joined by Derone Caldwell and Richard Samuels to discuss life inside of prison, the emotions of a long term sentence and solitary confinement, and how the innocent are often forced into long sentences through the manipulation of the justice system. Originally episode 160 of We Are Libertarians.

2: Amanda’s Story – The Reality of Domestic Violence

Amanda left an abusive relationship. She tells Chris about her experience being hunted by an ex-husband and defending her and her children from further abuse while every level of the system designed to protect her failed. Originally recorded as episode 144 of We Are Libertarians.

1: Megan’s Business Closes Due to Regulations

In 2012 (Episode 17), Chris Spangle and Chris Gault interviewed the owner of a roll your own tobacco shop. Because of a new law, they had to lay off 3/4 of their employees in a single day. Megan of the Smoke Station chain explains the real damage that government regulation has on small business owners and their employees. The Smoke Station converted to a vape shop, but was ultimately closed by Indiana excise police after new laws regulating the vaping industry were passed in Indiana and at the federal level.