An Impression of America's Healthcare Plan

Recently I had a vision/impression of America’s Healthcare Plan. I was perplexed on how to free my mind and open up to the Soul's desire, quiet the news of the day, talking heads, and my own opinions.

If I might share, I had a vivid vision - let me see if I can provide you it in description.

President Obama, of the United States of America, was laboring about how to get the healthcare package passed. He was walking around in the Oval Office and took a walk in the West Wing and came to his cabinet table. Three CEO's from large insurance companies came to him. They sat down with the President and asked him to consider their ideas for a healthcare plan for all. They asked the U.S. President why the group that created the plan currently being considered would not use them (the healthcare insurance companies that has been doing this work for years)? Insurance companies do not dictate the price of healthcare, the providers and pharmacutical companies set prices. They went on to say that while their companies do see profits, they are not in line with other companies and their margins are small in comparison. The CEOs asked the President to consider this....

"Why not have a 3 tiered approach:

The first approach would be to provide incentives to companies, small businesses and the self employed to provide healthcare insurance to employees. This could be in the form of tax savings or a voucher... or both.

The second would be to provide some sort of assistance, sort of like the WIC program to the uninsured to help them become insured.

And finally provide wellness programs and incentives for Americans, to reward healthy habits - stop smoking, lose weight, better eating habits, exercise, water drinking, less stress, etc.

Then the country's costs for healthcare would not be tied up in all these programs that you are presenting to the law makers and a single provider plan and the like. Let us do what we do best with the power of the Federal Government behind us to lower costs. And as for costs, we will work with the healthcare providers and hospitals and pharmaceutical companies to get costs down. Currently if one of these providers want to be in our "network" they have to agree to our discounted rates. So as a group we will approach these providers and get the costs lowered. We believe that if they want to provide healthcare for the lion's share of the population, their costs must come down and they will have to give up some of their tremendous profits. Otherwise, the Senate and Congress are going to enact a healthcare plan and the government doesn't know much about the insurance and healthcare business. We will go to the pharmaceutical companies and let them know that we are going to negotiate with them the same way we do with healthcare agencies and their costs must come down. We would need some sort of cap in the form or law or legislation to ensure that the pharmaceutical companies' profits are capped.

Give us 90 days, Mr. President and let us show you how this can work."

The message is as clear today as it was when the vision came through. We all have a responsibility to ensure that people don't suffer needlessly. May those wise and blessed souls come forth to bring about a plan that is good for the whole of humankind.

This is a powerful time and a time where all our prayers for the best outcome will bring about a healing on earth!
A Joyful Worker

Reform for Reform Sake

I am of a mind that the first step to health care reform is always the most perilous and lengthy. We are in the first step. I have often had the same dream that I shared in the blog in August. The message of, "Asking for the health care companies to solve the problem, is front of mind." If they propose ideas, they are part of the solution. While I don't believe they are entirely honorable in their dealings, I do believe that they are uniquely passionate and knowledgeable about solutions. I joyfully remember that The Answers Were There Before the Questions.

Health Care Reform

Anyone watching the news these days knows that health insurance reform is a hot, controversial topic and that the rumors, scare tactics, misinformation, outrageous claims and outright lies floating around have only increased as more people engage with the issue. But don't be misled. We know the status quo is unsustainable. If we do nothing, millions more Americans will be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions, or see their coverage suddenly dropped if they become seriously ill. Out-of-pocket expenses, deductibles or co-pays will continue to soar. Insurance companies will continue to enforce yearly or lifetime cost caps on what they will cover and charge co-pays for preventive and wellness care. More and more families and businesses will be forced to deal with health insurance costs they can’t afford.

Americans deserve better. Health insurance reform means guaranteeing the health care security and stability we deserve by ensuring access to quality, affordable health care for all. We need health insurance reform legislation now that will lower health care costs, improve quality of care, protect and increase consumers choices and expand coverage. By reducing costs we reduce the deficit, so as not to heap debt onto future generations. I believe that the best way to achieve this is through the public option, which will increase competition and keep insurance companies honest. And if you like the coverage you currently have you do not need to change doctors or plans.

For the city of San Francisco, this will mean ensuring that up to 22,000 small businesses can receive tax credits to provide coverage to their employees, 8,100 seniors would avoid the donut hole in Medicare Part D and provide access to high-quality, affordable health insurance to tens of thousands of uninsured San Franciscans.

BTW One key to affordable healthcare is a healthier lifestyle. We can lower health care costs by taking better care of ourselves by not smoking, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight. What’s missing in all of the debates about health care reform for the United States is a holistic approach to health, disease prevention, not treatment.

Though the healthcare reform

Though the healthcare reform bill has passed, a lot of senior citizens and older Americans may continue to be concerned and confused with the changes and how it will affect their health care access. With passage of the healthcare reform law in 2010, there are surely a handful of changes they should be aware of. I think they would rather want to stick with the healthcare coverage they are getting than change it since they already have a good deal with Medicare. I hope the government is only considering the welfare of the seniors with this new health care reform.