HEALTHCARE REFORM – A CHRISTMAS PRESENT?


The latest Senate vote was a big win for the drug, hospital and biologics companies and their lobbyists. They get billions more on their books while millions of Americans are unconstitutionally forced to buy allopathic insurance of relative low quality.

What’s wrong with the Senate’s overall?

NO ALTERNATIVES OFFERED OR QUALITATIVE CHANGE
No reimbursement for alternative health care or the use of a naturopath.

MAIN DISASTER NOT ADDRESSED
Our medical system is a qualitatively disaster and this was not at all addressed. Most doctors get 20 hours or less in nutrition training in their college training. With no effective nutritional guidance for the public:
a) One in three children born this century will have diabetes
b) By the age of 12, 70% will have signs of the hardening of arteries.
c) One in four children will be obese and one in three overweight.
d) Nearly 50% of  the obese and overweight children will remain so in their adult life.
e) Two-thirds of all adult Americans are now overweight.
f) 7% of school age children are diagnosed with ADHD .
g) One in two men and one in three women will develop cancer in their lifetime.
h) Otherwise half of Americans have a chronic health problem (asthma and arthritis included) whereby they are taking prescription drugs. Half!
i) Many chronic diseases are on the rise, especially Alzheimer’s.
j) There has been no real progress in bringing down the death rate from cardiovascular disease or cancer.

Our expensive medical system is broken. It is a shambles and its tragic. None of this was really addressed.

NO PUBLIC OPTION
There is no public option to bring down costs

NO SINGLE PAYER
There is no single payer system, the most powerful way to bring down costs

NO DRUG RE-IMPORTMENT
Drug re-importment is missing to bring down costs

NO RIGHT TO CHOOSE
A woman’s right to chose was thrown under the bus

LACK OF EFFECTIVE REGULATION
Instead of reigning in private insurance companies, it enriches and empowers them. The new regulations have weak enforcement provisions

FORCED PARTICIPATION
Many are forced to buy expensive lowest quality private insurance that is still basically unregulated.

POOR FOUNDATION

The bill is not a good foundation for the future. It is more likely to be repealed by future Republican legislators the first chance they get. The bill, on the positive side, will cover 15 million more people on Medicaid because the private companies didn’t want them.

MISGUIDED TAX
It creates new and poorly-designed tax that will make enemies of medical reform.

BOTTOM LINE
The bill is a shame. What a discredit to the whole progressive movement which the late Senator Kennedy championed. No we have, in the Senate version, a vastly unworkable reform – qualitatively and quantitatively. Harshly said, but this is likely to be a step backwards as it entrenches allopathic medicine, enriches private insurance company profits, not offers but forces poor insurance, and without adequate reigning in of costs and policies.

REAL SOLUTIONS

This bill is such a sad  product of our modern era’s vicious cycle of corrupt lobbying, campaign contributions and corporate giveaways.  We need instead to have public funding of elections to Congress in order to sweep out this corruption and then it will be possibe to have real and qualitative/quantitative overhauls of our medical care delivery system.

I am thinking of visiting my local House representative, as there is still time to have a voice. You should too!

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