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Waiting Out Obamacare at Your Local Rite Aid?

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Is there a doctor in the Rite Aid? No, but plenty of medical advice.

I think Carolyn’s right. The part of the public that doesn’t reflexively reject all things Obama would be disappointed if Obamacare were repealed already. But let’s say the whole thing does get tossed out. Then what are we left with?

Well, the local Rite Aid for one. And a popular reality program for another. That, most certainly, isn’t a good thing.

BusinessWire is reporting that Rite Aid has teamed up with the “Biggest Loser” to start pushing a weight loss program. They’re mainly promoting a line of Biggest Loser shape wear. Which? Shape wear? Shape wear doesn’t promote weight loss, it shifts weight. Squishes you in the middle, holds your jiggly rump in place, that kind of thing.

But to draw attention to the BL Shape Wear that eats away your muffin top, they’re also talking about letting Rite Aid help you lose weight. In its new program, you’ll be steered toward online seminars to help you lose 10 percent of you body weight in 10 weeks. You get brochures on calorie counting. Links to online recipes and calorie counters. And then this, according to BusinessWire:

Free counseling on weight loss from Rite Aid pharmacists who are knowledgeable on topics including recent trends in drug therapy for weight management, common dieting myths, and medications used to control weight-related diseases including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis and stroke.

Oh really? Weight management medicines which you’ll purchase at Rite Aid? Sounds convenient … and profitable!

Nothing wrong with a for-profit chain drugstore hawking its wares, establishing a relationship with customers, giving them information (that they can get anywhere online, but whatever). But this is what I think of when people talk of their fears of publicly funded health care. When companies like Rite Aid, partnered with a television show featuring yo-yo dieters, are ready to step in and fill the ever-increasing health care gaps, I get scared.

What next? Sleep aids from Starbucks?

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