As the clock ticks down to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) many corporations are making adjustments to avoid as much of the extraneous costs as possible. It appears no one believes this new health bill will make medical care "more affordable" as President Obama suggested when getting the bill passed through legislature. Companies nation wide are scurrying to figure out how the bill will impact them and are making changes to deal with it.
To combat and offset many of these costs corporations are moving to keep their employees under 50 or like Walgreen's are handing a check to their employees and letting them go purchase their own health insurance. This method of dealing with health care costs will provide the employee with a health care "benefit" while giving these corporations a definitive number to allocate for their health care expenses. But will this payout toward health care be enough to keep one healthy?
Chances are if you are already healthy maybe, but the majority of the country will either not have enough to cover their costs or they will not be able to seek the care from the medical providers they prefer. Most will have to settle for whatever care is available for the money (or lack there of) they have to treat their condition(s) or it will be an "out of pocket" expense. If we were to actually "fix" the system so that health care was affordable how would this happen?
The dirty little secret that big corporations don't want us to know is this. And remember ALL these big corporations have lobbyists in Washington who are controlling what is going on behind the scenes. The same people who give money to the politicians we elect to office. We can avoid this by asking our future political candidates to sign an affidavit to defend the constitution. Remember, "We the people...".
The real problem with our health care system (and you'll never really hear much on the television) is our food supply. They (corporations)are the one's paying for advertising on their networks, never bite the hand that feeds you. It is the purveyors of these unhealthy foods who do not want to lose their huge profits, profits that are making us sick, and are sinking our health care system. The nation screams for change but no one wants to give up anything to achieve that change.
Some point their fingers at the doctors and pharmaceutical companies who have devised a system to "treat" the conditions mostly caused by unhealthy food. It is not a doctor's job (and never was) to teach people what to put in their mouths. The pharmaceutical industry understands capitalism and knows that the American attitude is based on "I want it now and I don't want to work for it" mentality. This is why they advertise "quick fix" solution to health conditions. Over 64% of the health conditions in this country are cause by lack of activity, poor food choices and smoking. So why do we continue to make the same choices over and over? Is there a better way?
Most people are addicted to food (and beverages) and don't realize it. They have been conditioned on a sub conscious level that "America runs on donuts", "you can have burgers your way", chicken has to be finger licking delicious", and I'm sure you can think of many more. The point is, are you really making a conscious, healthy choice? No, it has already been made for you. Think about it next time you say, "I could really go for a ...... right now". This could be a particular food or drink but seldom does one say "I could really go for a plate of broccoli". Get it? If not, next time you step out of the shower, look in the mirror and ask yourself if you are pleased by what you see. If the answer is no, that is what brain washing addiction looks like.
If everyone were to stop and make a conscious choice to eat healthier foods eighty percent of the time health care costs would plummet. People are responsible for their health, not doctors. Doctors are necessary when we truly need medical attention. They should not be held responsible for your lack of understanding the nature of many illnesses related to diet. There is no medication that treats poor choices. Although I'm sure some corporation will try to invent one. Don't ask your doctor what's right for you if your condition is caused by unhealthy behavior, find out for yourself and take the necessary steps to educate yourself. You can click here to become a free member of our website to find out what this entails.
The next decade will be very challenging for all of us. If we are truly committed to change it has to begin with us. We need to demand better foods by learning what they are; organic versus conventional, free range versus caged, what hormones and other chemicals are added to the foods we consume and so on. Understanding foods will save you more in the long run than relying on your doctor for answers, it may save your life.
Remember the title to this article; there is no money in cures (for them). If you choose the healthier foods (and exercise too) there will be less doctor visits (less money in deductables and other charges), less money in prescriptions (no cholesterol meds, hypertension meds, depression meds, etc), less money to fast food restaurants (no trans fats, no saturated fats, no digestive issues, etc). Yes, less money for them, more money and better health for you and your family. Think about this next time you say, "I can't afford to eat healthy". How will you pay? The choice is and always will be yours.
Rocco Boulay, CEO
Integrity Health is a franchise company residing in New Hampshire. We specialize in health coaching centers combining fitness with weight loss to optimize and promote optimal health.