Solving The Nation’s Health Care Problems
SOLVING THE NATION’S HEALTH CARE PROBLEMS
By one of We the People
Who are We the People? We are the special interest group of people who insist on freedom as secured to us in that Spirit of our countrys founders. Including the freedom to chose our own forms of health care modalities, providers, and technology. This includes allopathic, naturopathic, osteopathic, chiropractic, homeopathic and any other approach and/or practitioner as we see fit. This freedom includes any combination we choose to promote health, and prevent or treat disease. We the People as rational and compassionate beings, desire everyone to be well enough to pursue their own unique happiness in equal freedom with others.
We have observed that pretty much everyone in this country is unhappy with the current medical system as a whole, recognizing it is broken in almost every aspect; especially the current government mandated insurance system. The current system of employer driven health insurance in this country established as a government mandate, severely and often unnecessarily restricts the free enterprise system violating and corrupting practitioner/client and/or doctor/patient relationships. These unnecessary restrictions have grown to produce little choice, poor options to choose from, exclusionary practices and constantly escalating costs, that are the result of guaranteed payment to insurance corporations and big Pharma, like pigs feeding from the trough of our taxpayer dollars. Perhaps this is why they call it “pork barrel profits?”
There is a political truism that says: “What doesn’t make sense makes dollars. If you want to know the truth, follow the money trail.” Who profits from this mess we have? Lot’s of parties do such as those looking for a fraudulent piece of the pie from the patients to the doctors, the therapists, the hospitals, etc., but most especially big Pharma. Big Pharma’s machine is again in full swing pre-rigging the game to line their pockets at the expense of the people and the practitioners.
Nothing new here folks, just politics as usual using the guise of “protecting the welfare of the masses” or “changing the world” while insuring income for the corporate welfare state first. This pharmaceutical manipulation has been going on in America since the late 1800’s, and long before that in Europe. Is it any wonder that they have already set up a deal where the government can’t negotiate prices? Last I looked that was called “price fixing” and is definitely against the spirit and most likely the letter of the antitrust laws.
We Americans should be very concerned. Big Pharma is spending $150 – $200 million during the 2009 August recess running ads on TV to sell the so-called health care plan. That’s chump change compared to the extra hundreds of billions of dollars Big Pharma plans to suck out of taxpayers’ wallets over the next decade.
One example of corruption is Big Pharma buying the previous administrations to prevent re-importation of their medicines from other countries to keep prices artificially high in the realm of 100 to 1,000 times the cost in other countries. The very same drug sold in another country is banned from being sold here unless shipped from here at often obscene profits. Once again claiming it is done for “the good of all.” Add this with all the other billionaires lining up to cut up the taxpayer payment pie, one begins to see that this really has nothing to do with one political party over the other, or even right versus left. The cancerous greed has metastasized through all parts of the systems harming everyone.
Over time politicians have combined classic fascism of corporations establishing policy for government, with classic communism’s “spread the wealth” and “It’s for your own good” rational. Unfortunately this has resulted in socialism taking over free enterprise and most other freedoms leaving Americans wondering where their country went. One finally comes to learn that fascism and communism are just different brands of socialism in structuring the “us verses them” battle game.
Fascists predominately use fear of punishment in a no thinking allowed police state, while communists predominately use fear of losing or gaining benefits in a nanny state to control society, both systems shaping society in the image of elites who considers them selves superior to the people. Each of these brand names of socialism are fear based systems leading to polarized hate, dysfunction, and the ultimate disease called war.
Each system champions “democracy” in that you get to vote for your favorite preselected ruler that will dictate what an elite wants to do no matter what you want. They often name their predesigned policy just the opposite of what it really does in its effect, and sell it to a misinformed or poorly informed audience so they will beg for it, fight for it, and swallow it. If they do not have enough support or if there is too much opposition to win, they fill the audience with supporters and push the opposition to the outer perimeter or even outside the event. If the protests are too big, they brand them terrorists, racists, anti-this or that, to cease their opposition’s freedom of speech. Finally after the rounding up, and branding the opposition like livestock, they call security forces to remove the protesters in an attempt to cover up what the event organizers are doing, otherwise known as the politics of distraction. This way the politicians can claim that they are doing “what the people want” so they can get re-elected, insuring their guaranteed income for life. Or as frustrated presidential candidate Barak Obama once said during a campaign debate as an aside: “This is all just theater.”
Democracy used in this manner makes the world safe for oligarchic rule by an elite resulting in unelected, corporate supplied, appointed rulers to dominate any country and eventually the entire world. These types of politicians are called czars. How many unelected czars, not accountable directly to the people but only the supreme commander, does it take for a country to realize they are a socialist state? The current president has appointed about 60 czars last counts I heard. Former presidents also have had their czars as well to a lesser extent, but it continues to build unabated no matter who or what party is in office.
A government of the people, by the people, and for the people, must function from the grassroots up, not from the top down. We the People as individuals and as united, must demand transparency AND accountability every day and in every way. The people of this country are waking up and are seeing why we are being called the United States of Socialist Republics (USSR). This is the direction where our country has been going and you can feel in your gut that it is the wrong direction. Communism or fascism; it is still just socialism seeking world domination.
For those who do not believe this is happening and that it is planned this way, here are a few quotes to ponder. First is from James P. Warburg: son of Paul M. Warburg: Founder of the Federal Reserve System boasting before the US Senate on Feb. 17, 1950:
“We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent.”
Second is a quote from Norman Thomas the former US Socialist Party Presidential Candidate:
“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”
This is also how most of the UN functions: the everyday person has no real say so, and each country is no longer sovereign and free in its function, but must bow to the dictates of the UN. Thus each country loses it power and protection of its people to socialite elite running the game from behind the UN curtain. They surrender their weapons, their treasure, their religion, their families, their freedom, and their individualism, to a world elite who think they know best how to run your life. To quote from the UN charter: “The age of nations must end. The government of nations has decided to order their separate sovereignties into one government, to which they will surrender their arms.”
And this quote from the UN leadership by Brock Chisolm, UN Director of the World Health Organization (WHO): “To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men, their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism, and religious dogmas.” Big Pharma in its own words, once again is trying to rule the world. Or as the infamous Nazi “Doctor of Death” Josef Mengele, MD said: “The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it.” Do not think that massive abuse of millions will not happen under mandated forced participation systems, as that is the consistent history. The bill passed by the House forces everyone at age 65 onto the “public option” that has no option out. Once again politicians labeling something exactly opposite of what it does to hide the truth and control the masses.
If you are wondering where our country went, look to greed at all levels from our own house to the White House, for greed installs “money hypnosis” in all people. The greed of the elite through Big Pharma ran Nazi Germany turning it from a republic into socialist state, closing its publics’ eyes by hiding or justifying many atrocities with race superiority, dressing them up in patriotic symbols, and getting the public to pay homage to a charismatic leader as all knowing and wise who will rescue them from their financial disaster providing them with everything prosperous, especially homeland security, by labeling and eliminating undesirable groups.
Do we see this pattern repeating again; Categorize, idolize, demonize, penalize, and terrorize, thus herding the people where they want them? Just like socialite games in high school, this is the game plan of greedy elitists in all fields of life, not just Big Pharma in health care.
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. We the People don’t have to repeat it if we reclaim our power and use it wisely as instructed by our founders.
The “us verses them” social game loses its power when We the People no longer play it, grow up and take responsibility for our own lives first and help others do the same from the love in our hearts, for then the help and the money will flow more to the needy, than to the greedy. They will receive the hand up building character, instead of handout fueling contempt. This increases as we start seeing everyone as us, and not as groups to categorize and demonize. Making groups to the exclusion of others provides the foundation of hate.
Our only effective solution to this health care mess is putting the power back in the hands of We the People to vote with our money and our feet in a real free market system for what we want. Something this country has not had since practically at the turn of the last century and especially since the installment of the government mandated employer provided insurance followed with Medicare and Medicaid both of which are broke, as is the country with an incurred debt of over 71 trillion dollars.
As an example, in 1950 at Santa Monica Hospital it cost $30 to have a physician deliver a baby which is $244 in today’s dollars. This amount included the birthing room, lab work, supplies & medicine, and care of the baby after birth by staff. A C-section was an additional $30 and circumcision an extra $5 for a total $65 which is only $528 in 2009 dollars compared to well over $10,000 for the same services today,* thanks to the governments feeding trough, fueling corporate greed supposedly for the “good of all.” This is one instance of Ronald Reagan being right in saying “The government is not a solution to our problem, the government is the problem.”
George Washington’s physician Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and Thomas Jefferson, each foresaw that the government might attempt to control medicine. Dr Rush was attributed this quote:
“Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an underground dictatorship… To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic and have no place in a republic… The Constitution of this republic should make special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom.”
Thomas Jefferson echoed this sentiment in saying:
”If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls who live under tyranny.”
*Whiskey & Gunpowder Newsletter, By Charles Hugh Smith August 5, 2009
Health care in reality is neither a right nor a privilege, but a responsibility of each individual unto themselves and society to make educated, healthy choices. These choices include the foods grown and selected, the liquids consumed, the air inhaled, and unfettered access to quality sources. Until people are free in that access and choice, there can not, nor will there be, true health care reform. Taking our current broken system, removing more freedoms from the people is not a solution, only more government pollution.
Many people support the basic idea of charitable compassionate care for everyone and have the best of intentions in wanting the government to do it. However, that has never worked for long without bankruptcy and tyranny as seen historically world wide. Others with the same desire want companies to pay for it via the insurance industry as it exists with our current government mandated system. That hasn’t worked well either. These good intentions are still paving a socialistic pathway to hell.
“Socialized medicine is the keystone in the arch of the socialist state.” – Lenin
Charity and entreprenural efforts come from the heart and mind and thus can not successfully issue forth from any form of political government. Thomas Jefferson said “All government is at the point of a gun.” Force can’t inspire charity or enterprenurship much less make them successful; in fact by its very nature government does the opposite breeding resentment and revolt. Charity and entreprenural spirit need freedom of choice, and the individual’s responsible expression to exist; or they will suffocate under tyranny’s oppresive reign in a collectivist collapse.
The truth is that we the consumer always pay for all of it. The only difference is how much comes out of our wallets. Be it taken from what we would instead be paid for our labor, or added to our tax bill up front before we get the paycheck, makes little difference. Each of those methods of socialism only leaves us getting sicker and financially bankrupt.
As people have many different health care and disease treatment needs throughout their lives, there can be no one plan that is effective for everyone all the time. However, there are six main steps with which we can create access to health care and effective disease treatment, while honoring freedom and promoting self responsibility providing a win/win situation. In the wisdom of needing to recognize where we are, in order to successfully get where we want to go, I recommend that we take the following six steps in regulation:
1. Private Insurance Companies
a. Require insurance providers to insure all applicants regardless of medical condition.
b. Spread the risk evenly by providing all services in a plan to all participants enrolled in that plan with equal premiums.
c. Insurance providers must be entirely self-funded without government support.
d. Each insurance provider shall be allowed to operate in every state.
These requirements will motivate insurance companies to pursue, purchase, and provide evidence based, cost effective therapies. The philosophy of insurance is to spread the risk and cost. If that ship will truly float on its purported philosophy, then as Captain Picard says: “Make it so.”
2. Government Insurance Programs
a. Must operate only upon funds paid by those choosing that option.
b. It must establish and maintain a budget that is only increased by the savings realized each year, or reduced by the losses suffered.
c. It must also be totally voluntary in its participation at any age or income level with all services available to all participants.
d. It must only cover taxpayers that are legal residents, citizen or non-citizen.
e. Must not prevent individual choice of other self funded forms of treatment
These requirements will motivate the government to pursue, purchase, and provide evidence based, cost effective therapies, and make it the sustainable and non-profit organization it is supposed to be.
3. Private Groups
a. Private groups of individuals, as legal resident citizens or non-citizens, may construct their own self funded plans according to the wishes of their group such as employers, faith co-ops, mutual aid societies, retirement groups, etc. and are free to choose whatever forms of health care or practitioners as they see fit.
4. Private Individuals
a. All forms of individually selected health maintenance and/or medical care, and health maintenance and/or medical care providers, must be funded by individuals from their own expense that is not covered by a private individuals group, or insurance company, or government plan.
5. Charitable Organizations
a. All individuals as legal resident citizens or non-citizens unable to fund their health expenses and not choosing the public option will be served by whatever charitable organizations chose to provide. This would include groups such as the Shriner’s, Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, St. Josephs Hospital, etc.
6. Legal Reform
a. Install reasonable, constitutionally sound, medical tort reform and enforce or modify current laws to cull the billions of dollars in fraud perpetrated by patients, practitioners, and medical corporations induced by the current system. Creating the first five solutions first will eliminate a vast amount of this problem.
These six steps will allow actual competition letting free market solutions to emerge creating more jobs, reduce government spending, ensure freedom, and help to rebuild the economy while improving healthcare quality, availability, and costs. These six steps are simple enough to create and operate if proper time is taken in legislative design and is written simple enough for every legislator to understand.
This goal will require the following:
a. Its legislative process and text must be only upon this one subject.
b. All legislators must read it in its entirety when finished at each committee level, forbidding any
amendments, before voting and passage.
c. The bill must be complete before coming to the floor for a vote and fully read by each legislator, forbidding any amendments.
d. Upon passage of the bill by Congress and before sending it to the President, this proposed legislation must be posted to the internet for two weeks for the public to read and make comments.
e. The President must review the comments over the following two weeks before signing and cite reasons for signing or not signing the legislation into law posting it for two weeks on internet.
This could reasonably be accomplished by the end of 2010. Healthy reform of health care is needed by everyone and we all need to look to ourselves as individuals as well as a nation for solutions. The wisest person I know said “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Let us use this Golden rule principle in everything we design and every application of that design.
Each of us will have to learn to compromise to some degree with this six stage solution, from the strict constitutionalists to the socialists, communists, fascists, libertarians, greens, and whoever else, to see what works or not under its own merits and by its own philosophy, thus ending the invalid arguments and rancor we all detest and the proof will be in the pudding. For as Thomas Jefferson so truthfully said:
“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”
As an example, I am a middle-class, self employed, handicapped Native American with “free health care” from the government who has never chosen to use it as a Native or filed for handicap benefits with the government. I have purposely chosen not to purchase private health insurance for the last thirty plus years either, as I have watched the insurance companies pay only for sickness maintenance, play the stock market with the premiums, and deny coverage when needed to satisfy stockholders and millionaire bosses. That’s like gambling in Vegas with bad food and no entertainment shows. To that I said “No thank you” as the house almost always wins and the gambler almost always loses.
Instead I have spent my money to pay for quality food, water, and air, while applying lifestyle principles that helped me attain and maintain health. I have saved to pay for each type of health service and health professional of my free choice when needed and wanted, to insure quality care at affordable prices. There are millions more like me in that 47 million uninsured choosing health. We know this approach works, is affordable, and is the direction we all must head towards to the best of our abilities, to really solve our overall health problems as a people.
We each must start with where we stand, and in standing united we can progress to our goals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Will you walk the walk as fellow Americans united to these goals? This is our challenge as a people. Let’s walk in the spirit of love, and support that loving personhood with shared freedom, for that is the definition of a healthy society. It is the true American vision our founders established and for which our veterans have given their lives.
Robert L. Groves, ND
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