It seems to me that too many people are taking a big cut out of the health care pie for themselves. Instead of a middleman, we have numerous middlemen that come between the sick person and his or her care. And it has gotten too top heavy, way out of control.

The medical schools reap huge profits from their business, and it is a business. The doctors run up huge loans to go to medical school, and then self-justifiably become specialists (because that's where the money is), and charge huge amounts for their services, because their services are a business. Actually they are on commission, no different than a used car salesman!

The hospitals make a profit, as do the insurance companies, health care organizations, medical supply companies, and especially drug manufacturers (and I‘m sure that there are other firms that I haven‘t thought of). Naturally, none of these moneymaking enterprises want to lose a nickel, and so you have the violent fight in congress now, as well as mercenary practices that are just now surfacing, i.e. paying high commissions to Insurance company employees who can find reasons to drop sick people from their insurance policies, or find reasons not to insure good people because they have had some illness in the past. I believe that these practices border criminality.

But it will get worse. I foresee health care as a thing of the past for most people in the near future, as the standard of living in this country declines as it must, as our national credit card, which has been unjustifiably sustaining our falsely high standard of living for many years becomes restricted in the future. (All our manufacturing is moving to places that don't have a gazillion middlemen).

Then, for us in the United States, it will be "money up front or no care," at the emergency rooms, just like third world countries. The wealthy will be okay, but the common person will suffer greatly.

Cuba might be communistic, but their health care industry is second to none because it‘s not a money making proposition; it is a nonprofit humane service to the Cuban people. The medical schools are state run, the doctors are state salaried, the hospitals, staff, suppliers etc., all the same. And drug manufacturers can't charge Cuba exorbitant prices like they can get away with here in the United States, because Cuba can shop the world. All we can shop is the Walmart pharmacy.

All we would have to do is take the profit our of each and every health care step, replacing it with love and compassion, and the health care problem would be solved, as well as the problem that is developing in this country regarding the hatred that was voiced at the House of Representatives recently. Hatred is like picking up a hot coal to throw at your enemy; you only burn your own hand.

It all comes down to greed, a disdain for our fellow human beings, and a misunderstanding on what truly makes a person happy, which is never ultimately money. This attitude of greed has wrecked many civilizations, let alone countries, and I fear for the United States. I foresee decline, and soon. The well off will fight tooth and nail to keep their wealth crying "socialism" at the first mention of taking care of the disadvantaged, and let the common man fend for himself, because they just don't get it. When we say that we are all one, they laugh, and get afraid. Tough times are coming. And tough times have a tendency to trickle upwards, sometimes very quickly depending upon the mood of the common man and woman.

"Let them eat cake," said Marie-Antoinette (1755-93), the Queen consort of Louis XVI. She is supposed to have said this when she was told that the French populace had no bread to eat. And this rings so true in the debate now raging in congress.

Author's Bio: 

Anagarika eddie is a meditation teacher at the Dhammabucha Rocksprings Meditation Retreat Sanctuary and author of A Year to Enlightenment. His 30 years of meditation experience has taken him across four continents including two stopovers in Thailand where he practiced in the remote northeast forests as an ordained Thervada Buddhist monk. He lived at Wat Pah Nanachat under Ajahn Chah, at Wat Pah Baan Taad under Ajahn Maha Boowa, and at Wat Pah Daan Wi Weg under Ajahn Tui. He had been a postulant at Shasta Abbey, a Zen Buddhist monastery in northern California under Roshi Kennett; and a Theravada Buddhist anagarika at both Amaravati Monastery in the UK and Bodhinyanarama Monastery in New Zealand, both under Ajahn Sumedho. The author has meditated with the Korean Master Sueng Sahn Sunim; with Bhante Gunaratana at the Bhavana Society in West Virginia; and with the Tibetan Master Trungpa Rinpoche in Boulder, Colorado. He has also practiced at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and the Zen Center in San Francisco.

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