This article is a Part 2 of “How Local Mole Hills Become National Mountains” series. (Part 1 HERE)
A “molehill” is a problem. It’s not a fun problem or an easy problem to handle, but it is a smaller problem than say 1 million molehills stacked on top of each other. In other words, a mountain.
Health care is a molehill.
It is a personal, family, market (global) and possibly a local community issue, specifically with regard to common health problems in a local community. This health care molehill simply requires a patient with a health need, and groups of health professionals and wellness industry leaders with capabilities to meet the need. Health Care, aka Sick care, is NOT a national mountain requiring national earth movers supplied by Congress and regulatory agencies.
Local, decentralized solutions serve individuals better.
I travel about half of my work life, and without fail, I see people during my travels. I mean, they are everywhere! On the road going to the airport, waiting in line at the airport coffee stand, sitting next to me on the flight, flying the plane, walking around my arrival city, sitting at the hotel. I could go on and on. And it’s really great to see people, because for the most part, I enjoy them. Occasionally, the feeling is even mutual. People come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, to be sure, but there are some common physical and physiological themes I’ve become keenly aware of. One hundred percent of them have a head, presumably with a functioning brain controlling a lot of automatic functions in their body, including a pumping heart, muscle movements, digestion, elimination and so forth.
I haven’t been on planet earth for more than a few decades, but I can imagine that these physical and physiological themes remain pretty consistent throughout history. Health problems occur based on age and genetic disposition. We find diseases within any of the 11 body systems. Some are caused by outside agents such as bacteria or viruses. This has been true as long as there have been humans.
If health concerns have plagued humanity since just after the beginning, why don’t we have a GLOBAL HEALTH SYSTEM for caring for the health of all humans? I mean, we’re all pretty much the same, right?
Because it becomes an unmanageable, unresponsive, bureaucratic nightmare!
Politicians attempt to make similar mole hills, like health care, fit onto one big mountain. They build it to justify the need for Medicare, HMO Act, Medicaid, Prescription Drug Programs for Seniors and ObamaCare. That gives them power. And votes. It’s a self-serving enterprise. They SAY they care about you. But they don’t The care about money, power and voter blocks. The individual becomes irrelevant.
The reason we don’t, and SHOULD NOT, have a global or National health care system is because individual health concerns cannot wait for layers of permissions, or decisions from bureaucrats, or systems located far from the individual. Health care addresses a very personal and biological transition from homeostasis to a health problem. Bottom line, centralization prefers to check boxes or fill out paperwork rather than protect human health.
Another claim national healthcare proponents bandy about is that it will save people money. No, seriously, politicians want you to believe that if you can’t afford healthcare currently, national healthcare will be more cost-effective.
I don’t want to ask the obvious question, but if I don’t, you might miss the obvious. What was the last industry the federal government got involved in where the cost to the end consumer actually went down over the long-term for the product or service provided? – banking, education, food, transportation? Nope. Centralization tends to drive costs up through inefficiencies; but few inefficiencies are more immediately life-threatening when moments count than centralized, bureaucratic health care systems.
Each person working directly with you to insure your health needs to be completely focused on two things. First, they should know something about health, and second, they should be attentive to what they see demonstrated in your body. Counting on experts on federal processes will not make you any healthier, and it will cost more in the long-run.
So, what are some simple ways for dealing with personal health using every available resource? Three very simple things are necessary regarding your health.
1. What you do with your body (activities and exercise)
2. What you put in your body (food, supplements, medicines, etc.)
3. What you put on your body (clothes, fragrances)
If you know what you should do for optimal health, then get over to the local farmer and eat the best possible food, or visit the health food store and get a supply of good supplements. If you don’t know, seek out a professional who can guide you, and ask family and friends to hold you accountable.
Maybe you need a exercise coach, a physical therapist or colon hydrotherapist. Go get one and see if your body movements and functions are optimal.
Finally, if you have a serious health condition, and no cure is currently available, my heart is heavy for you (I have a close family member, who since birth, has not seen a cure for their condition); but I know that you will find more love, connection and relationship from those nearest to you than from a government who steals the hearts and souls of researchers who could be searching for a cure.
Individual health is a molehill not a national mountain.