When one peels away dark clouds, one exposes the sun; as a result, the ten thousand things cannot hide their shapes. Ge Hong
According to a USA Today study, more than half of the experts hired to advise the government on the safety and effectiveness of medicine have financial relationships with the pharmaceutical companies that will be helped or hurt by their decisions. These experts are hired to advise the Food and Drug Administration on which medicines should be approved for sale, what the warning labels should say and how studies of drugs should be designed. The experts are supposed to be independent, but USA TODAY found that 54% of the time, they have a direct financial interest in the drug or topic they are asked to evaluate. These conflicts include helping a pharmaceutical company develop a medicine, then serving on a FDA advisory committee that judges the drug. The conflicts typically include stock ownership, consulting fees or research grants. Though Federal law generally prohibits the FDA from using experts with financial conflicts of interest, but according to the article, the FDA has waived the restriction more than 800 times since 1998. Article by Dennis Cauchon, the USA TODAY Newspaper
Let’s take a closer look at what’s being offered by both the House plan and the Senate help plan relative to the sheer numbers their respective bills propose to insure:
How much does the Government currently spend for healthcare?
Our Government spends over three-quarters of a trillion dollars (which is the new billion) on healthcare? Then why is America the sickest nation amongst all the developed countries in the world? It is because the profiteers: The FDA, drug companies, privatized-health insurance (the HMO’s), and commercial media have placed Americans in a cave of our sleeping. How else can one explain the public acceptance of an expanded (“universal”) healthcare plan when the current system is broken? We need refocus not reform. We need those in charge of policy to put the care back in health care. We need our Government to care more about the health of Americans than about pushing through a piece of landmark legislation. What good is universal healthcare if no one cares about universal health? Sure. Personal responsibility and self-care must be the cornerstone of a healthier America, but the Government plays an integral part as well. You cannot have a serious discussion about health in America without a sober conversation about poverty in America or education or unemployment or prescription drugs or medical malpractice or FDA/HMO/big pharma collusion or restoring President Fitness programs in our public schools or subsidized farming and ranching or alternative medicine or shorter work weeks or gun control laws or longer vacations or redefining family medical leave or increasing the quality of life for all Americans or fruit and fresh produce commercials shown on cartoon networks or insurance plans with health club memberships as a proviso or fewer fast food restaurants and more healthy choice restaurants or tax-incentives for those who live a healthy lifestyle or medical students who are not thousands of dollars in debt when they graduate so they are not tempted to prostitute the health of their patients to drug companies or Real universal care for our veterans, elderly and children. Until our Government decides that Americans not America is our greatest domestic product then we will continue to warehouse systems which profit from disease, illness and death and embrace them as healthcare reform.
We cannot spend over one trillion dollars on healthcare just to improve profits for drug companies. The time for activism is now! Write your congressional leaders and let them know that you are not going to tolerate this healthcare sleight of hand. What is being proposed is smoke and mirrors. What is being offered to the American public is a universal lie! One definition of reform is “to change the integrity of “. . . another means to improve. . . still another is to “see the light”.
True reform will awaken you from your slumber. True reform will have you light a candle of self-responsibility, to participate in the light of a new day dawning. True reform will improve the quality of your life. True reform will champion integrity. True reform will peel away the dark clouds and expose the sun. As a result, ten thousand things can no longer hide. When True reform comes it comes in the form of a crusade. True reform is a holy war. It is the good fight for your wholeness. It is a movement. It is a rest. It is your part of God!