Thursday, March 25, 2010

On Government, Elections and Health Care

So life is crazy in the USA right now! There is so much going on politically. The Health Care Reform just passed and people have such differing ideas and attitudes on this, it is hard to know what to think.


So with the uproar of so many in this Country it makes me think of the Declaration of Independence. Speaking of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness it says: "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness"
Is this what we are headed for? Are the People getting this mad? But more importantly, if a time like this comes where the people must overthrow and institute a new form of government, can The People do it? Do we have the courage, the where-with-all, and the ability to do this? It is something to think about. What if it did come to this? What would need to happen? It is a scary thought.

When we look at it, the predicaments we are in, the problems we are having with our Government spending so much money, this is our fault. We let the people making these decisions get into office. We VOTED them into office. This is our fault! We let this happen.
I think the best way to go about it, instead of trying overthrow the government and lose many valuable lives, is to find and elect people that are NOT politicians. If we, The People, need to vote out every single member of Congress, Republican or Democrat, then that is what we should do. We need elected officials that are honorable, honest, and have the Mind of the People as their platform. We need our elected officials to not seek re-election, but to serve the people, with our interests, our well being, and our needs in the forefront of their mind.


In regard to this Health Care Reform, I believe that there are and were other ways to bring about reform and change. I think and would say that The People are probably to blame. Greed on behalf of the health care receiver and laziness.

First of all, our, The People's, love for law suits and get rich quick mentality is a hindrance to ourselves. Malpractice lawsuits, many of which are frivolous, have been a primary reason for rising premiums and medical costs. Doctors have to insure themselves so heavily to offset the fear that one day they will be sued. This causes them to raise their prices, which then makes the insurance companies raise premiums. Its the domino effect at its best.

Another way we can combat health care costs and make things more affordable is as obvious as changing our diets and shopping habits. The bane of our existence is convenience and laziness. With a fast food meal in our hands for 5 bucks in a matter of minutes we take the easy way out for meals. It is so cost effective to eat out and do things quickly. But there is a severe cost we are paying. Obesity, heart disease, diabetes are all things that result from our unhealthy eating habits. Let me tell you that I am guilty of this as well. I am trying to make a change. If we spent our time making meals, eating healthy foods, and taking the time to be more conscious of what we are putting into our bodies we can drastically reduce the cost of health care simply because we are more healthy!

I find it troubling that we can't go out and buy healthy foods, fruits and vegetables, without spending an exorbitant amount of money. How is this our fault? Because we live in a capitalistic society. Business, the markets, will produce what ever the people will buy and make them the most money. What we choose to eat and what we buy in stores tells the Businesses what they should produce. If that ends up being Whoppers and processed foods then that is what will be produced. If we can change the mindset of consumers to demanding cheaper fruits and vegetables then that is what the market will provide.

By reducing the risk and penalties Doctors face by doing their jobs, ie. fewer law suits and subsequent insurance, we reduce the cost of health care on an aggregate level. By eating better, we create for ourselves fewer medical needs. Less heart disease, lower cholesterol, less obesity, fewer cases of early onset diabetes. This reduces the cost, for every one!

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