Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Why the Fuss?

Romney just said what everybody in America knows to be true -- that the least productive people in society are going for a free ride on the most productive people in society.  The rewards should go to those who are the most productive rather than those whose "needs" are infinite -- and consuming whatever resources the rest can produce.

I was sitting in a class on maximizing such benefits -- and the presenter confided that they needed to get as many healthy people who never need to see a doctor -- so these morbidly obese and people with outrageous medical expenses (conditions) could get them for free, and never have to do anything to ensure their own health.  Meanwhile, they pointed out that these health care providers also were playing the same game of maximizing their benefits from the health insurance programs.

"Health" was never brought up as big picture objective -- only playing the medical insurance game, and those who played it the best, allowed themselves to have no quality of life -- so they could max out on everybody else.  That's the fundamental problem.  You have to lose to win -- in such a society.

While Social Security may be tied to the wages most people earned while working, the same is not true for its handmaiden Medicare, which simply pays off those with the greatest medical expenses -- and not those with the greatest health -- which a healthy, vibrant, prosperous society would do.  Instead, such people are victimized, if they haven't been before.  Often unmentioned, is that people can pay for their own medical expenses as the need arises -- something that is no longer possible with the health care mandate that one must pay for the medical expenses of everybody else instead.

Health is the best health care insurance -- that has to be addressed first, and not last, or as an afterthought.  Health is the normal state, and not the abnormal one -- as it has been made into.  The presumption now, is that nobody would be alive, if it weren't for extraordinary medical care to sustain life -- when life goes on for most of it, who never see a doctor or veterinarian -- and when they are too sick and weak to carry on, nature takes its course.

People will die; all life will die -- and the best one can do while one has that precious time alive, is to attain the greatest health they can -- because that is also their happiness and prosperity.  And we haven't thought about that in a long while -- that there is a positive side to life, and not just the negatives that we have to prepare ourselves to embrace -- as the inevitable.  And when there is no quality of life anymore, one has to make one's peace with the world and leave it -- and that has been a value of religion, that helps us to accept that time when it is upon us.

But the nonreligious person has a more difficult time with that because they cannot imagine that life can go on without them -- but assuredly it has, even for the mighty Pharaoh -- who thinks then, that he can take everybody else with him.  That is a great part of health -- the acceptance of dying and death also, which is loss.  Those who can not lose well, can never win -- because they are too afraid of losing, to ever play the game of life well.  And so all their days, are haunted by their fears, which makes anyone sick, crippled and deformed, and no amount of medical care will ever cure.


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