We Can Change Our Future!
Health and Healthcare
It wasn’t until President Sioux led the effort and passed the Government Takeback Amendment, and eliminated campaign financing and special interest lobbying, that the U.S. was able to do anything about its broken, complex and inefficient healthcare system, except take it in the shorts from corporations reaping in absurd profits from the world’s most expensive and inefficient medical services and systems, which left millions without healthcare, largely those who needed healthcare, and bankrupted millions.
One election cycle and flush of representatives later, and the U.S. adopted a universal healthcare system that provides essential and preventive healthcare for all, as most developed countries had already done. It was simple. The Medicare insurance program was expanded to cover all U.S. citizens. All hospitals, clinics and medical offices were made to work as non-profits. Medicare negotiated healthcare services and prescription drug price agreements fairly, but using the combined buying power of the nation, one of the largest single buyers of healthcare products and services in the world, so it could get good deals.
Everyone pools healthcare interests into the non-profit, single payer Medicare insurance system. Medicare provides the healthcare services agreed on, which include basic, preventive, maintenance and responsive care, but do not include wildly expensive procedures that are not justified for everyone, like heart transplantations. Each pays their premiums into that system. Like AAAA, at the end of the year, future payments are adjusted, according to actual expenses during the year. All anyone has to do to get free healthcare services is provide their social security number. Guests also receive free healthcare.
Administration is simple and cheap, costing a fourth of what it previously had. The system works for all, costs half what the U.S. people previously spent on its health system for only those who pay a lot, which left millions uncovered, and all have the security and peace of mind of knowing we and our loved ones will get the healthcare we need, if we need it. Secondary markets provide optional supplemental coverages for things not covered by Medicare, like heart transplantation, for those who really want that.
Philosophically, the healthcare system flipped. Before, its focus had been reacting to patient problems, diagnosing and prescribing drugs and treatments for them as quickly as possible, minimizing costs and maximizing prices, in order to maximize profits. Now, its primary focus is on cultivating good health, while fairly compensating its workers. Each citizen meets with healthcare professionals, 4 times a year, to create and manage plans for cultivating good health. Those plans include eating good food and drinking healthy, good energy water; exercising; being outside in improved, balanced, harmonious natural environments; stress management; quiet time and meditation; avoiding toxins and poisons; psychological, emotional, substance abuse and life counseling; right livelihood; getting good sleep, and living by Earth Citizen Principles and Values. We cultivate good health, rather than react to poor health.
A fourth of the total healthcare system budget is spent on that, but it’s estimated those proactive efforts prevent half the costs we’d have otherwise. The U.S. population is generally healthy and fit today.
Another major reason overall costs are lower is most people no longer undergo extremely expensive medical heroics to artificially prolong life, out of fear of death. The focus is now much more on living life fully engaged and well, being healthy, happy, fulfilled and satisfied, knowing our loved ones are thriving, and living in harmony with shared principles and values. We no longer fear and fight death as before. When one dies, we make room for another, whose life we believe will be even better than ours.
Medical Hypocryphical Oaths have changed, and they are less focused on preserving life at all costs. Healthcare workers swear to proactively nurture and aid health and relieve suffering, doing no harm. Sometimes, that means aiding the suffering and their affected families to approach and accept death. Definitely, it includes accepting the inevitability and naturalness of death. Previously popular schemes, themes and memes devoted to unnaturally prolonging and extending life are no longer very popular.
Some argue this all means allowing some illnesses to pass through and have their effects on populations, without heroic medical “wars” of violence against the invading bacteria, viruses or other disease agents, allowing the intelligence of planetary living systems to use these events to manage their populations.
Changes in the area of mental health are enormous and very positive. In 2020, mental illnesses were the 2nd leading cause of disability in the U.S., affecting 1 in 5 people. Fewer than half of the mentally ill got ongoing, managed care. 65% of rural counties had no psychiatrists. Many were self-medicating for mental health problems with illegal drugs. Way more than that were self-medicating with illegal drugs for stress, anxiety and worry most would not call mental illness, but genuinely caused pain and harm. Those health and life problems were epidemic. Overall life expectancies were dropping, as increasing numbers killed themselves, quickly in suicides, and slowly in self-destructive behaviors.
Gradually, that changed. Negative and harmful energies, states and emotions, like fear, anxiety, anger, resentment, despair, jealousy, hatred, hopelessness and bitterness slowly released in our population, replaced by positive, virtuous energies, states and emotions, like love, trust, hope, care and compassion, as we changed income and wealth inequities, ended homelessness, integrated into close communities, got adequate knowledge and skills to contribute in modern economies, and received love and support.
We devoted huge healthcare system resources to a wide variety of counseling and support services, insisting that real human beings spend significant amounts of time with and listen to the afflicted, understand their problems and challenges, demonstrate compassion and sincere desires to help, and genuinely help by addressing the underlying problems and challenges together over time, rather than just write a prescription and a report, send them away to struggle alone with problems on the streets, and pretend we were doing anything at all about this egregious and epidemic public health crisis.
What really helped was for human beings to really care and help others to rise up and be successful, which each of the efforts and changes in this account assisted with, using alignment of shared values. We no longer kill ourselves to pay for unaffordable healthcare, only available to the healthy, afraid of being sick, in a culture of fear, because that culture really does make us sick, so the rich can get richer and exploit our fear. We just feel good about having healthcare if we need it and work to not need it.
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