The healthcare system in the United States has always been complex and has only increased in complexity with the new Affordable Care Act of 2014. What exactly do the changes in healthcare mean for the individual American?
1. As has been the trend for the past 50 years, the healthcare act provides the most benefit for individuals with the least number of resources, and has the most damaging effects for those with the most resources. While this may sound appealing to many, it is important to look at the reasons why some individuals have more resources than others. While most Americans can agree that we feel a duty to help those in need, in practice, it ends up being a top-down sort of help, which tends to create dependency and less oversight than the tradition way of communities helping community members. The affordable care act is simply a backdoor way of passing the costs for people who can’t afford to pay huge hospital bills, over to those who supposedly can pay those bills. Not only is this extremely unfair, but it has a negative effect on the ability of those business owners who have resources in hiring new employees and potentially giving those individuals that ability to pay for their own healthcare.
2. Business owners are already carrying the weight self-employment tax and double taxation. When it all comes down to a bottom line, between income tax, health tax, permits, fees, gas tax, and sales tax, the average business owner already pays the majority of their income back to the government. To top that off, these individuals have to pay massive deductibles on their healthcare, which essentially prevents them from ever using it unless of emergency, meanwhile the poor are using the healthcare system as a type of entertainment, while the working man has to foot the bill.
3. Healthcare costs have not gone down – well at least for the average person with a job. What’s the solution? The start of the solution is defining healthcare costs. For example, why does it cost $15,000 to spend the night in a hospital bed? Is that reasonable? No of course it isn’t. Hospitals need to be held accountable for the costs they charge by being required to show the costs upfront. This would allow the consumer to shop for a healthcare provider, and not shop for an insurance company.
What is the solution to the healthcare problem in America?
1. Alternative medicine
Alternative medicine has a huge track record for success around the world. The medical industry as a whole has built itself around the concept of bastardizing the alternative medicine philosophy. Why? because there is no real money to be made in the industry. If a big-pharma company can make a couple of billion dollars by giving pills out, obviously they will try to make the guy look bad who has a solution for free.
What constitutes alternative medicine?
Some of the items included in alternative medicine are: Herbal Therapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, ozone therapy, vitamin injection, meditation, and so much more. Many of these methods have done amazing things for many patients who swear by them, so why are these not being implemented on a grand scale as a first line of attack against ilness?
Nutrition can also be considered a form of alternative medicine. Like the saying goes “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of the cure!” Nutrition needs to be the first goal of those in the medical profession. Instead of prescribing anti-depressants, a doctor should be prescribing a massive quantity of fruits and vegetables! What a difference it would make in the overall health and productivity of our country if instead of 50% of the commercials on television being about pharmaceutical drugs, they would be about the health benefits of various fruits and vegetables.
Exercise is proven to provide benefits on almost every level and measure of health. A good exercise regiment can reduce cholesterol, improve cardio-vascular function, improve mood, reduce weight, improve intelligence and memory, and the list goes on and on. Before going on any medication that is intended to combat one of these areas, an individual should be required to implement a good excercise routine. What if 50% of those being prescribed medications no longer needed them after starting and exercise regimen?