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Who Is Killing Health Care Reform and What’s This Got To Do With Happiness, Well-Being and Material Success?

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:05pm

We, the people, are killing health care reform by being unwilling or unable to step up to the plate of truth. The private insurance companies are doing far worse than anything our government could do to victimize us and suppress our right to quality, affordable health care.

They are presently dictating to doctors how they will treat their patients, what procedures will be approved or denied, and what medications will be prescribed or withheld. They are already operating “death panels,” declining insurance when it becomes too expensive for them to keep people alive.

Whether we have health care insurance we’re happy with or not, there needs to be a public option because right now what appears to be the free market system, what appears to be capitalism, competition and choice is really a monopoly, or (more strongly put) a form of fascism. To be sure, we are victims of health insurance dictators who don’t listen to the voice of fairness or justice. They only listen to their financial bottom line.

This has to stop. If we choose to continue to support this corrupt system, we are doomed to generate much greater problems medically, emotionally and financially in the years to come.

Now our politicians are discussing the plan of a public option later, down the road, when things get worse. This appears to be the same strategy that was used to deal with our failing economy: “Let’s wait until there’s massive devastation across the board before we decide to do something about it.”

This didn’t work for our economy. It’s not going to work for our health care system. And the same can be said for the personal problems in our lives.

When we only start to watch our cholesterol after our third heart attack, there are limits to what we can accomplish. When we start to work on a plan for prosperity after we’ve lost our job and our savings, and are overloaded with debt, we’re making a normally difficult process next to impossible. When we start to improve our communication with our partner after divorce has been threatened, we are usually past the point of recovery and repair.

Why should we wait for catastrophic conditions before doing that which we know we must do? The time to make substantial changes is before, not after, we have crippled ourselves, our careers and/or our relationships.

The point is: When we recognize that things need to change, we need to change them. Now, not later. Which means we don’t just give lip service to change. We take action.

We don’t say we’re going to diet and exercise, and then never get around to doing it. We don’t insist we are going to work towards success and prosperity but then continue to follow the same protocols that have failed us in the past. We don’t promise to be more loving and considerate in our relationships and then continue to abuse, act out and behave in other ways that defeat those promises.

If we say we want to change, we need to mean it. We need to be highly motivated and never lose sight of those motivating forces. We must clearly see the benefits of changing and clearly see the disadvantages of keeping things as they are.

We must appreciate that there is a powerful force inside of us that is focused on self-sabotage, resistance and failure, which we must vigorously oppose, challenge and defeat, one day at a time, one decision at a time, if we are to overcome our internal drive to maintain the status quo.

We must not let people derail us with their negativity and cynicism. We must not let other people convince us that we’re not the problem. We must let down our defenses, release our resistant, oppositional tendencies. We must identify self-defeating thoughts and behaviors, stop them, and replace them with proactive attitudes and actions that will get us where we want to go.

Every day and in every way, we keep at it. We keep on trucking. If we fall down, we get up, brush ourselves off and begin again, never taking our eyes off the ball, and never veering off our path. As Jimmy Cliff once wrote: “You can get it if you really want. But you must try, try and try. Try and Try. You’ll succeed at last.”

We, the people, are killing health care reform by being unwilling or unable to step up to the plate of truth. The private insurance companies are doing far worse than anything our government could do to victimize us and suppress our right to quality, affordable health care.

They are presently dictating to doctors how they will treat their patients, what procedures will be approved or denied, and what medications will be prescribed or withheld. They are already operating “death panels,” declining insurance when it becomes too expensive for them to keep people alive.

Whether we have health care insurance we’re happy with or not, there needs to be a public option because right now what appears to be the free market system, what appears to be capitalism, competition and choice is really a monopoly, or (more strongly put) a form of fascism. To be sure, we are victims of health insurance dictators who don’t listen to the voice of fairness or justice. They only listen to their financial bottom line.

This has to stop. If we choose to continue to support this corrupt system, we are doomed to generate much greater problems medically, emotionally and financially in the years to come.

Now our politicians are discussing the plan of a public option later, down the road, when things get worse. This appears to be the same strategy that was used to deal with our failing economy: “Let’s wait until there’s massive devastation across the board before we decide to do something about it.”

This didn’t work for our economy. It’s not going to work for our health care system. And the same can be said for the personal problems in our lives.

When we only start to watch our cholesterol after our third heart attack, there are limits to what we can accomplish. When we start to work on a plan for prosperity after we’ve lost our job and our savings, and are overloaded with debt, we’re making a normally difficult process next to impossible. When we start to improve our communication with our partner after divorce has been threatened, we are usually past the point of recovery and repair.

Why should we wait for catastrophic conditions before doing that which we know we must do? The time to make substantial changes is before, not after, we have crippled ourselves, our careers and/or our relationships.

The point is: When we recognize that things need to change, we need to change them. Now, not later. Which means we don’t just give lip service to change. We take action.

We don’t say we’re going to diet and exercise, and then never get around to doing it. We don’t insist we are going to work towards success and prosperity but then continue to follow the same protocols that have failed us in the past. We don’t promise to be more loving and considerate in our relationships and then continue to abuse, act out and behave in other ways that defeat those promises.

If we say we want to change, we need to mean it. We need to be highly motivated and never lose sight of those motivating forces. We must clearly see the benefits of changing and clearly see the disadvantages of keeping things as they are.

We must appreciate that there is a powerful force inside of us that is focused on self-sabotage, resistance and failure, which we must vigorously oppose, challenge and defeat, one day at a time, one decision at a time, if we are to overcome our internal drive to maintain the status quo.

We must not let people derail us with their negativity and cynicism. We must not let other people convince us that we’re not the problem. We must let down our defenses, release our resistant, oppositional tendencies. We must identify self-defeating thoughts and behaviors, stop them, and replace them with proactive attitudes and actions that will get us where we want to go.

Every day and in every way, we keep at it. We keep on trucking. If we fall down, we get up, brush ourselves off and begin again, never taking our eyes off the ball, and never veering off our path. As Jimmy Cliff once wrote: “You can get it if you really want. But you must try, try and try. Try and Try. You’ll succeed at last.”

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