Koren Publications’ forthcoming Myth-Busting Swine Flu Report written by Tedd Koren DC, will discuss more swine flu issues. See here for other vaccination learning materials.
Should we be concerned?
Sections 440 and 1904 of the House bill (P. 838)) (Obamacare) says that government agents will “visit” homes to ensure we’re raising our kids properly. Families with young children and families expecting children can expect government agents, “well-trained and competent staff,” to “provide parents with knowledge of age-appropriate child development in cognitive, language, social, emotional, and motor domains … modeling, consulting, and coaching on parenting practices,” and “skills to interact with their child to enhance age-appropriate development.”
What if a family doesn’t believe in vaccination (it is a belief system)? What if a pregnant couple wants to use a midwife? What if a family doesn’t believe in modern medicine? Will the government agents call “child protective services and have the children taken into protective custody?
This concerns me. I’m a bit worried as to how this is being played out. I know it’s being done with the best of intentions – but we all know what the road to hell is paved with.
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There has been a great deal of talk in the media — print, radio, tv — just about everywhere about the behavior and tactics being employed by various organizations. There have been comments about well behaved and polite citizenry attending meetings to voice their opinions. There have been stories of those who haven’t conducted themselves well. I suspect these stories will go on throughout the month of August and perhaps beyond. For one, I hope they do go on well beyond.
I think both sides have taken essentially the same tactics. Labeling each other with invectives, giving their supporters a ‘playbook’, and attempting to use the media to their advantage. All of this is okay. It is okay because in America we have the right to freedom of speech, assembly and freedom of the press. These are rights that thousands have given their lives to protect. The debate on health care which consumes nearly a fifth of the national economy and involves everyone is something that we should openly debate and understand the intended and unintended consequences of before we change an entire system.
It is important to provide better access, bend the cost curve so that health care is affordable (and not just through shifting costs by taxing) as well as sustainable, and improving the quality of the care delivered.
We are a country that leads the world in health care innovation. We have to zealously protect that aspect. No other country in the world is positioned to take our place if we take our eye off this important work.
But above all democracy demands that citizens get involved and voice their opinions. Follow the healthcare debate and other important health care system issues at http://www.ilovebenefits.wordpress.com
I disagree about the best of intentions. The leaders of this movement are attempting to solidify control by recruiting followers who may themselves have the best of intentions. I have never been so proud to be an American and a Chiropractor than when I see boisterous town meetings in which my neighbors protest business as usual in Washington. Americans want health care choice—and healthcare is not a right. It’s an option.
It is a privilege. I do not believe a government that has bankrupted medicare, medicaid, and social security, should be in control of the country’s healthcare. I do believe the insurance companies should be better regulated, and that reform is needed, but not in the manner it is happening now. You don’t see Americans going to Canada for healthcare or surgery!
Just my 2 cents.
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