by Rev. Diana F. Scholl, Portland
February 13, 2014
The ironies abound in this latest attempt by two big players in healthcare to further their brand by riding on the coattails of professional sports.
Somehow it seems worse to have Providence (which actually does take care of people) play this game: how can they have millions of dollars to spend on naming rights when thousands of Oregonians can't get needed preventive healthcare? How about using even a fraction of that money for free clinics?
The idea that a sports stadium where someone sits, watches other people exercising, and drinks lots of beer and eats fan food is a path to healthy living boggles the mind. More likely: when a Timbers fan develops heart disease from all those french fries, maybe he'll think--I'll go to Providence! They remind me of my favorite team so I bet they'll take care of me. And, yes, they will. For a price.