Last week, in Part I of Money Politics and Health Care: A Disease-Creation Economy, I outlined the issues that created this condition in our society. This week, in Part II, I will review a few strategies that could have the biggest impact on cost and outcomes.
Creating Health: Getting Money Out of Politics
Send letters and e-messages to your elected representatives encouraging them to support the following health initiatives:
Reclaim Food Policy
Reclaim Public Airwaves
Reclaim Our Schools
Reclaim Health Care Reform
Reclaim Medical Education
It’s worth noting that these strategies span multiple industries, systems, and domains. We are currently experiencing a perfect storm where economic, scientific, and moral imperatives are all colliding and increasingly they are aligning around one very powerful, integrated solution. This provides an opportunity for us as a nation to do well by doing good — through fundamentally changing the way we think about health, money, and politics illuminating the often invisible forces that are putting our health and our nation at risk.
To solve this will require the collective imagination, intention, focus, and action by health care providers, consumers, and industry and policy makers. It will also require campaign finance reform and reversal of the Citizen’s United decision that puts too much money into politics, money whose first interest is not public welfare but profit. There is no place for that in our nation’s government.
In the words of the ancient Jewish sage, Rabbi Hillel, “If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?”
Go to www.takebackourhealth.org to learn how to take back our health, take money out of politics, and join to see how we can and must get healthy together. Share your ideas and stories of how we can take back our health.
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To your good health,
Mark Hyman, MD