Healthcare Anyone? - Livin' the Good Life
Aug. 10th, 2009
06:37 am - Healthcare Anyone?
I am tackling an extremely serious topic today. I'm amazed and disappointed when I read that so many people are angry and fearful of Obama's proposed healthcare plan. We have an absolutely unworkable healthcare system, and people for some reason are scared to death about changing it. Not only is our system unworkable, it is WRONG and CORRUPT. It needs to be changed. Can't people see this?? Are most people delighted with the healthcare they receive and the price they pay for it? I'm incredulous that this debate is even going on. My Canadian daughter-in-law, Maya, sings praises for the universal healthcare system she was raised with. She finds it stressful to live in a country where going to the doctor or having insurance is mostly unaffordable. She says that in Canada, and to me this is amazing, you can get ANY kind of treatment for FREE. The docs work together. If you need accupuncture, chiropractic, massage, or any other treatment that is alternative to allopathic medicine, your MD sends you there. And everything is FREE. Of course, it's paid for by high taxes. But, no one has to sell their house, wipe out their entire bank account, lose all their assets, or are deeply indebted for life because they have an expensive medical emergency. Everyone is taken care of without charge. Period. Sounds good and fair to me. In my opinion, being able to go to a doctor without concern for cost should be a basic human right.
Here is my solution to our corrupt and broken healthcare system. I don't use it. True, I did have a medical emergency 15 years ago. But, I've learned alot since then, and I don't plan to repeat that experience. I've taken my health into my own hands. I am now my own doctor. I refuse to participate in a corrupt medical system that I don't trust. Instead, I will do my best to keep myself healthy and out of hospitals and doctor's offices. That is my most important responsibility. If that means I die younger than my peers who are keeping themselves alive with medications and surgeries, so be it. I'm not afraid to die. But, I am committed to good health. And that means every level of health: emotional health, mental health, spiritual health... they all contribute to how well my body works. This is my healthcare plan. No debates necessary.
Despite being a bit exasperated with much of the public reactions, I feel somewhat removed from the healthcare debate. That must be because it doesn't seem to apply to me. They are arguing about allopathic care, and that is not my system of choice. So, even if allopathic care was free in this country, I would still avoid it. I WOULD use alternative care, if it were available. If Obama could swing that, I would be thrilled. But, he can't even get these frightened people to agree to more affordable allopathic care. I just don't get it. (By the way, if you want to know and understand what's really being proposed by our president, listen to HIM. Don't listen to his opponants emotional interpretations of what he says. Obama is very clear, calm, and sane. Don't listen to "sound bites" on the news that are taken out of context. Go to CNN and listen to every speech in its entirety. Then make up YOUR OWN MIND whether you like what he has to say. Please. This is the responsible way to be a participating citizen of our country.)
The healthcare fiasco is just another example of why I seem to continually march to a different drum. I can't bring myself to participate in something that seems wrong to me. I have to go with what looks and feels right to me. I have to follow my inner voice.