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You can't fix one broken system by replacing it with another broken system. Sure, the current health care system of "that's a pre-existing condition" insurance companies, employer-funded health insurance and miserable Medicaid is a public health disaster, but if we're going to fix the system, we have to come up with something that actually addresses the root cause of disease in America.
The current health care reform debate in Washington is really just a distraction -- a ploy to keep everyone focused on all the wrong topics while quietly refusing to talk about the big issues that threaten the health of an entire nation.
Here are the top 10 things missing from Obama's health care reform plan (and often absent from the debate):
#1) Ending the FDA's suppression of natural cures and safe, effective nutritional supplements.
#2) Initiating a real investment in public education to teach people about how to prevent disease with nutrition.
#3) Ending Big Pharma's monopoly on drug prices and drug patents (not to mention patents on human genes and animals).
#4) Restoring the ability for local doctors to practice local medicine without being controlled from bureaucrats in Washington.
#5) Cracking down on junk food advertising, soda advertising and pharmaceutical ads that convince people to purchase products that will only harm them.
#6) Banning dangerous chemical ingredients that cause diseases in the first place (aspartame, MSG, sodium nitrite, etc.)
#7) A real effort to improve school lunches and serve food that's nutritious instead of food that's cheap and convenient.
#8) Ending bizarre food subsidies on crops like corn that end up making high-fructose corn syrup the cheapest sweetener for manufacturers to use.
#9) Affirming health freedom for parents who wish to opt out of the current system of forced vaccinations and gunpoint-enforced chemotherapy.
#10) Requiring honest food labeling where irradiated and GMO foods are clearly labeled as such.
Originally posted by Gregarious
Actually, I can narrow it down to three. Three things missing from the healthcare reform; TRUTH, JUSTICE, THE AMERICAN WAY!
But hey, it does pay for unlimited abortion, and right to die counseling.
Originally posted by Artephius Abraxas Helios
The insurance companies want you to believe that tort reform is the answer. They have paid millions of dollars to advertise that the "Evil Lawyers" are nothing more than blood sucking vampires that steel money from your pockets by suing innocent Doctors. Stop believing their lies!!!
Lawyers that sue Doctors do so almost exclusively on a contingency fee basis . They don't get paid a dime unless they win the case. Filing a suit costs a lot of money. Preparing for trial costs a lot of money. Taking the doctors deposition costs a lot of money. See a pattern here? The lawyer foots that bill and only gets that money back if they win. In order to win, the Doctor had to have done something wrong. Thus, filing frivolous lawsuits would be insane and financial suicide.
The insurance companies do not want to pay when the Doctor screws up. Who can blame them. But they have no problem cashing that doctors check every month when she pays her premium.
I dare you to ask a judge about frivolous lawsuits. If you can find one judge that says frivolous suits are costing people money I will star every post you have ever made and flag all your threads. You can not do it, because judges throw out cases without merit. period. No merit, no claim.
Further, check any state that has passed comprehensive tort reform and find out if anyones premiums have gone down. Not one I guarantee it. The premiums in those states have risen right along with the national average. The only thing tort reform has done in those states in limit the amount an innocent injured party can receive in compensation for those injuries.
It is my belief, and it stands to reason, that if more attention is paid on prevention and "healhier living" that the political, social, and economic costs would be reduced to a degree that would make healthcare a much easier proposition to agree on, not to mention the byproduct of folk getting sick a lot less.
Originally posted by jsobecky
As I strap my hard hat on in anticipation of the sky falling because I finally agree with Dog ..
I want to add that physical education needs to be a bigger part of the education process in America. It is being ignored in many school districts today.
We can make large strides in as little as one generation if we teach good life habits.
Indeed, perhaps even a few classes on nutrition would compliment the effort.