The last time you had a discussion on the topic of health care you were more than likely to be concerned about its direct impact on you and your family. Let’s take a moment to consider the impact of current changes on the citizens at the lower income level that do not have health insurance or who will soon loose what little they current can afford. Remember we are in a closed economy and what may not affect you today may certainly effect you down the road…the banking industry, auto manufacturing industry (this, by the way is the third round of issues in the last twenty five years, Bethlehem Steel (way back when?). Let’s take a look at how interconnected we really are.
It is clearly supported with amble studies and empirical data that health care benefits provides for a feeling of comfort and continued support of all workers in the labor pool. This act of concern results in the lowering of costs in the production process of goods and services across all industries. Additionally the welfare of nation’s citizens has a direct correlation to higher levels of production, lowering of crime and civil unrest and an increasing of philanthropic support. Now, one may have the opinion and the right to that opinion that this cause and effect is not what is desired. After all we are allowed to have our points of view. On the other had if a minority are getting financially rich and social disconnected from the general population then we are sure to experience elitism, social capitalism for some and, ‘on the backs of others’, the weight of this disparity. Remember reading, ‘Today’s ISMS, Communism, Fascism, Capitalism, Socialism by William Ebenstein, Doctor of Laws, and University of Vienna. Princeton Hall press 1954 and Without Marx or Jesus. The New American Revolution Has Begun by Jean-Francois Revel. Delta Books 1971.
By looking at the history of healthcare and its origins and how it has developed we see that it never was for the mass population and at every turn has been directed to service those who could afford it. It is time to us a more European model and include everyone. The administrators of the management care providers, those between the pharmaceuticals, hospitals and the consumer/patient who need the healthcare need to be addressed. Not by legislators who may have an interest in the status quo. Rather, by groups of ‘marshal’s’, who can redirect the resources and reallocate them as needed in a plan (yet to be determined) that is more equitable.
Process to influence change:
Identify appropriations committee members and their affiliations to the industry. (The health care industry!)
Locate and tabulate funds directed by the lobby group to the members of Congress receiving these contributions
Research impact on the population of the Congress member’s constituency.
Bring plausible reasons for the reallocation of Congress member’s efforts with a timeline to work within
Support with over all economic and social benefit, identified in the research to consummate the change of interest
Always leave ‘Other’, options open for wild care ideas and considerations.
In the USA 84% of its citizens have health insurance. In 2006 47 million American did not have health insurance of which 37% of these uninsured households have an income of over $50,000 as reported by the US Census Bureau. Can you afford to wait another four years?
Be Seeing You!
Ronald M. Allen