I’m so mad this morning, I am so mad because as I’ve been watching lawmakers over the last few weeks debate the issues that led to the shutdown; you know what that is, healthcare. I felt helpless and I felt betrayed to say the least and I’m sure many of you did too.

One, because of this, and I want everyone to listen to me, because of the false narrative that both sides caused this shutdown. That’s not true.

It was caused by Republicans, mainly Tea Party Republicans. And don’t write me saying that I’m a bleeding heart liberal.  I am not a Democrat. You hear that? I am not a Democrat. And I am also not a Republican.

Once I became a journalist I disavowed political parties because I took a personal oath to tell the truth no matter what, regardless of political party. With that said, over the last few weeks I have felt really helpless and I made a decision. Now I’m going to tell you what that decision is in a moment and then I hope your inspired to make some changes too.

I would imagine that most of you who are listening are not rich people, you work hard to pay the bills.

And you are often shocked by your medical and prescription drug costs.

In fact, the World Health Organization says the U.S. ranks 37th out of 191 countries in health system performance.

The richest nation in the world, 37th.

And one of the doctors who commissioned the report said this:

“The poor are treated with less respect, given less choice of service providers and offered lower- quality amenities,” AND “In trying to buy health from their own pockets, they pay and become poorer.”

And, while it is no doubt a good thing that many people who could not afford insurance, can now afford it under the Affordable Care Act, under Obamacare. Health services are still expensive and they’re confusing in this country.

So here’s what I’ve decided.

I’ve decided the best way not to encounter America’s healthcare system is to not to ‘HAVE TO’ encounter it.

Today I’m starting with improving the health of the man in the mirror, I’m talking about me.

Today I am making a pledge to myself and to you. And I hope you join me in making a pledge to yourself and to me to do whatever is in your control; big or small to make your health, your life, better.

Let’s try this for 30 days, one month, and see what happens.

Here’s what I’m doing:

#1– Eating better. For 30 days at the very least, i’m doing away with processed food, with fried food and fast food.

#2-I promise to go to the doctor and get a check up and men, i’m talking to you. we hate doing that. when was your last check up?

#3– I promise to exercise.. get moving .. and i don’ t mean working out like a muscle man or with a personal trainer; If you can afford that, then do it. i’m just gonna walk and do some pushups and sit-ups.

#4– I promise not to drink sugary sodas or juices.

#5– I am cutting out alcohol. no more vodka sodas for 30 days.

i’m starting with a detox system called 21 pounds in 21 days and i’m not at all recommending you do that. That’s just what i’m doing.

Listen, some things are beyond our control, some illnesses are beyond our control. we get sick, we don’t know why;  but let’s pledge to do whatever we can to avoid those high medical bills.

Let’s start this journey today and together. Using hashtag #TJMSFit, post your pictures on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Your photos will be featured in weekly photo galleries on and on Twitter and Facebook at DonLemonCNN.

Are you all ready?

15 thoughts on “PLEDGE: Start With Yourself and Don’t Be a “HAVE TO” for America’s Healthcare

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  3. I totally agree with you! After having lost 10 pounds 8 yrs ago I continue to live a healthy lifestyle. Amazing how much better I felt and I was able to ditch a bunch of meds. I will join you in this challenge. By the end we should all have developed healthier habits since it takes doing something 20 times consecutively to become a habit. And if we fall of the wagon , just get back on it !!

  4. Debbie: With all the government shut downs….I didn’t think anything would be going on in the Tri-State area…Maryland, Virginia, or DC? I’m just kidding LOL Love me some New York! Hope to get there during the holidays. Can’t wait to get to Harlem, Times Square, SoHo, China Town, and the Theater District. Hopefully the Christmas Tree will be in full affect at Rockefeller Center when I arrive

  5. Michele Wheeler on said:

    I so agree Don!!! It starts with all of us personally and individually. Even though on I am currently on a weight loss program and exercise regularly, I can still do better. This situation with why our govt is shut down is a personal attack against our President whose crime is caring too much about people like you and me!!! It’s ridiculous and senseless!!!

  6. Ditto Don: I’ve been saying this for years. If people lived more healthy lifestyles…most people wouldn’t have reasons to go to the doctor. Some people are soooo lazy. DON’T EXERCISE, AND DON’T COOK (RELY TOO MUCH ON FAST FOODS) !! Just yesterday I saw a young lady that’s probably between 25 to 30….so BIG that her arms looked like pork chops were hanging off of them. And why these people wear sleeveless tops is beyond me. Cover that mess up!!!

  7. Demp109 on said:

    I wonder what sort of coverage is provided for folk who are mentally ill or suffering from depression, PTSD and things of that nature?

  8. I agree with Don. He isn’t the first to suggest this. We should eat better, exercise, stay away from sugar and not too much alcohol. Drink water, do things to relieve/reduce stress. Stop smoking, get enough sleep and also do things to stimulate the mind.These things do help maintaing health and fight off sickness so we don’t have to use insurance and go to the doctor so much. We can do something to help this so we don’t have to depend on insurance. Its good to have just in case. For those who have pre existing conditionsand issues with no/poor health insurance take advantage of this to the fullest. Its better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. We really should stay away from the fast food. Mothers and fathers shouldn’t rely on the fast food to feed them or their kids. Back in the day, parents cooked meals for their kids. We ate fast food very little if at all.

  9. This is literally the best thing I have read recently. I work out 3-4 days/week and haven’t had anything more serious than a sinus infection within the last year. I eat well & live well because I don’t want to have to use the insurance I am blessed to have. I hope others commit to this challenge. Thanks for the breath of fresh air in this political mess. Less complaining, more doing something about it.

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