So while I was trying not to pass out at the gym this morning, Fox News was reporting how the Oregon State Board voted to cover bariatric surgery for citizens of Oregon. You can watch the story here. Honestly, I wasn't paying close attention, but what struck me was Dr. Sewell's opinion about the state paying for this service. He gives an example of a woman who said she wanted the surgery "to be skinny and eat whatever I want because that's my lifestyle" as an example of how patients need to take some personal responsibility. I bet he still let her self pay for the surgery and I bet he still performed it, knowing she was setting herself up for failure. I'm sorry but this is a bunch of bull. I'm sure there are people who get bariatric surgery thinking it's the magic wand that's going to fix all their problems but I don't think the majority of people are that way and for this doctor to say otherwise is insulting. And the reasoning behind his opinion is obvious. How many people whose insurance won't pay for it or who are just below the requirements for their insurance or state insurance or whatever end up scraping up the money or getting a loan to self pay? And I guarantee you Dr. Sewell makes more money off self pays than he does the insurance companies. So this doctor can prattle on all he wants about how "when government starts interfering with people's relationships with their doctors, their right to choose is taken away" (yes he actually said this) all he wants but for him, it comes down to how he can get paid more. What Oregon is trying to do is help people pay for it, not force people to get it. Now, whether or not taxpayer money should be spent to cover bariatric surgery for people is a topic for another day. Personally, I think it saves money over the long run but I'm biased. I was just really irritated that this doctor - who should know better than anyone how a surgery like this can change a life - got on television and used an idiot's reason to get surgery to put a few more bucks in his pocket. He's a disgrace.
Now that I'm stepping down off my soap box, I have a recipe to share. I made this last night and yes, it's a soup and yes, it's 105 degrees outside pretty much all over the country but it was yummy and maybe you'd like to try it in the Autumn. This makes 4 servings (made 6 for us and my daughter had seconds) and I served it with a small side salad. The picture below is close to what it looked like but mine was a bit more brothy and I used whole wheat noodles instead of the wide egg noodles. I'd also recommend for bandsters to cut the meat a little smaller than recommended (I got a little stuck on the bigger pieces).
Beef Goulash Soup
6 oz beef top sirloin steak
1 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion (chopped)
2 c water
1 14 oz can beef broth
1 14.5 oz can low sodium chopped/diced tomatoes - undrained
1 medium carrot (sliced)
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 clove minced garlic (I used garlic powder)
1 cup cabbage (thinly sliced)
1/2 c dried wide noodles (I used a little more than this)
2 tsp paprika
1/4 c light sour cream
Snipped parsley (optional)
Trim fat from steak. Cut steak into 1/2 inch cubes. In large saucepan cook and stir steak cubes i hot oil over medium-high heat about 6 minutes or until beef is brown. Add onion; cook and stir about 3 minutes more or until tender.
Stir in the water, broth, undrained tomatoes, carrot, cocoa powder & garlic. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, unconvered, about 15 minutes or until beef is tender.
Stir in cabbage, uncooked noodles and the 2 tsp paprika. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 to 7 minutes more or until noodles are tender but still firm. Remove from heat. Top each serving with some of the sour cream. If desire, sprinkle with parsley and additional paprika.
Total Fate: 7 g
Sodium: 397 mg