Hunter’s Reply to Barack Obama’s Health Care Speech, 9/8/2009

[Sports Illustrated Kids featuring Hunter Lussi (May 2009)]

Hunter M. Lussi

September 8, 2009

President of the United States
The White House as of 1/20/09
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

I just finished watching your healthcare reform speech to the country and even though I really should get back to studying for my test on one of my summer reading books, I wanted to give you some feedback.

I’m 15 and 3/4 years old, I just got my Learner’s Driving Permit and I understand most of what you said. You want to keep what works, change what is not working, get rid of the wasteful parts of healthcare, protect senior citizen’s Medicare, use Senator McCain’s idea to reduce malpractice law suits and not allow Democrats and Republicans to waste anymore time arguing about whose party is better.

Beyond the fact that you are a very convincing speaker, it sounded like you and you team did most of the research and covered most of the important issues. I was surprise that you left out exercise. You are in great shape and you work hard to keep yourself in great shape. I think your idea of making everyone get basic health insurance like I will have to get liability insurance when I get my real Drivers License is a good one.

The part that I think you left out was your main theme of “Keeping what works.” Americans should be strongly encouraged to exercise and keep physically fit. It works. You know it works. I know it works. I understand you cannot make it a law to exercise, but I’m speaking to corporations about giving discounts to people who help other people start and keep exercising. Why can’t you set up a non-profit that gives a $1,000 tax credit for every America that a person helps to start and keep exercising? This mentor and the person they are helping to exercise could split the tax credit. If 20 million or more Americans started exercising, there would be a huge savings in healthcare costs. You could reduce the costs of corporate taxes for corporations whose employees enroll and participate in an exercise program at work and they would be more productive.

I think you are doing the toughest job in the world very well because you listen to all the good ideas and try to figure out what works the best for everyone. Mr. President, you know healthcare cost will rise much faster if you do not get America physically fit. My website which is about to launch is or I believe I can get America fit and I believe I can do it faster if you start telling Americans fitness is important. Your personal fitness as an example to Americas has been wasted as just a magazine cover. If you told Americans once per month to exercise, they would listen and billions in healthcare costs would be reduced and could be used to help those people that cannot afford any health insurance.

Senator Kennedy’s brother, President Kennedy, showed and told America that fitness was important every chance he got and he created the Presidential Fitness Award and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport. Look at what President Kennedy’s sister did with Special Olympics. Your Health Plan cannot be complete without the one thing that is our best insurance against becoming sick — exercise. I am going to get America more physically fit and I am willing to help in any way you suggest.


Hunter M. Lussi