I am all for everyone having the same access to what should be a birthright and has become more like a privilege here in the US : healthcare. However, I really don’t agree with the part of Obama’s healthcare reform law that requires people to either submit to buying health care plans or be forced to pay penalties (now called taxes) if they do not.
I especially find the idea that the new healthcare law seems to only further the monopolistic intent of pharmaceutical companies on America. Aren’t we already drugged up enough? Even with all the drug there are now, Americans are still in the worst health they’ve ever been, which to me says that the drugs are being used as a crutch for bad lifestyle habits.
There are a lot of people crying foul over the healthcare law, especially the mandated part. They are crying foul because not only does it force you to buy insurance that you may not be able to afford or may not need or want, but it also excludes natural and holistic medicine.
This is the part that I find a huge problem with. How can you tell people that you don’t believe that their method of maintaining their health is not right? That’s basically what is being said here, that holistic, alternative and even complimentary medicine is not effective or not believed to be effective and the government will not subsidize it.
To me, this is a huge slap in the face to people who choose not to treat themselves according to western medicine ways. My hunch is that if people scream loud enough (that is, if Obama makes it to a second term of presidency after this mess), there may be amendments down the line to this mandate to include alternative medicine in at least some capacity.
But I wouldn’t count on that happening any time soon. Western medicine still has quite a grip on the general population, as well as politicians who are heavily lobbied by those interested in keeping Western medicine the main way of treating illness.
If you disagree with this exclusion of alternative medicine, I’d encourage you to write your Congress men or women and express your concerns and views. In this world of increasing diversity awareness, it just seems unfair that this bill would be so one sided as to how people can treat themselves and take care of their health needs.