It doesn’t matter what kind of health insurance you possess. Whether it is personally purchased, employer or government provided, or mandated, there is not a policy in the world that will prevent a person from getting sick.
Nor does it matter how good a policy a person possess; not even a “Cadillac” health insurance policy can keep a person well or prevent sickness. Nor does it matter how wealthy or poor a person is or how much money they have in the bank, there is no amount of money that can prevent a heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes, or any other illness.
The phrase “health insurance” is actually a misnomer. An insurance policy does not ‘insure’ that you will stay well, because it can neither prevent sickness nor provide health to anyone. All a health insurance policy is designed to do is provide financial help in paying for treating a disease or sickness after it has occurred. This keeps health care providers and health insurance companies healthy, but not you.
Eat To Live – Not Live To Eat
Even with health insurance, I believe that the majority of people will take no more responsibility for their health than they have in the past, will pay no more attention to what they are eating than they have in the past,and will remain just as sick and diseased as they have been in the past.
As we have discussed previously, most people “live to eat” instead of “eat to live.” And until every person takes responsibility for their own health, sickness and disease will continue to spread.
Certainly, life will throw some curve balls. Accidents happen, bones are broken, and medical care is sometimes necessary. But, my friends, imagine how much less medical care would be needed if the scourges of cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, and stroke were just a distant memory!
Shifting America from Sick Care to Genuine Wellness
In 2009, when the Affordable Health Care Act was being debated before congress, Democrat Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) expressed his opinion in the June 25th issue of The Hill, a congressional newspaper published in Washington, D.C. He also wrote a previous article on the same topic in 2008. From these articles, Senator Harkin has said:
“With the Senate committee convening daily to craft a comprehensive health reform bill, the basic outline of this landmark legislation is now clear. Yes, it will ensure access to affordable, quality care for every American. But, just as important, it will hold down health care costs by creating a sharp new emphasis on disease prevention and public health.
“As the lead Senator in drafting the Prevention and Public Health Section of the bill, I view this legislation as our opportunity to recreate America as a genuine wellness society – a society that is focused on prevention, good nutrition, fitness, and public health.
The fact iswe do not have a health care system in the United States; we have a sick care system. If you’re sick, you get care, whether through insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, community health centers, emergency rooms, or charity. The problem is that this is all about patching things up after people develop serious illnesses and chronic conditions.
“We spend a staggering $2.3 trillion annually on health care – 16.5 percent of our GDP and far more than any other country spends on health care – yet the World Health Organization ranks U.S. health care only 37th among nations, on par with Serbia. We spend twice as much per capita on health care as European countries, but we are twice as sick with chronic disease.
“How can this be? The problem is that we have systematically neglected wellness and disease prevention. Currently in the United States, 95 percent of every health care dollar is spent on treating illnesses and conditions after they occur. But we spend peanuts on prevention.
“No question, comprehensive health reform is an extraordinarily ambitious undertaking. But what makes me optimistic is that all the major groups are playing a constructive role, including those that opposed the 1993-94 health reform effort. Everyone agrees that the current system is broken. Winston Churchill famously said that ‘Americans always do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.’
“Well, we’ve tried everything else, and it has led us to bad health and the brink of bankruptcy. Comprehensive health reform legislation is our opportunity to change the paradigm. We are going to extend health insurance to every American. And we are going to give our citizens access to a 21st Century health care system – one focused on helping us to live healthy, active, happy lives.”
Prevention – Real Health Insurance You Can Count On
The Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) contains over 2,000 pages on which are printed over a million words. Yet if you read the bill, you will find nothing dealing with “prevention,” the very thing Senator Harkin said was an absolute necessity if the health of the American people was to be improved.
Rather, what this Act does do is provide coverage for over 30 million new uninsured people, cover children on their parents’ insurance policy until they are 26 years of age, and pay for pre-existing conditions. But let me ask the question…
Will these measures improve the health of the American people or reduce health care costs?
No – these measures will do neither! Friends, Senator Harkin was spot-on when he said: “…The fact is that we do not have a health care system in the United States; we have a sick care system. If you’re sick, you get care, whether through insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, community health centers, emergency rooms, or charity. The problem is that this is all about patching things up after people develop serious illnesses and chronic conditions…”
Wow! This man really gets it! If our government really wants to improve the health of the American people and reduce costs, then they need to enact new legislation let’s call it…
A New and Improved Affordable Health Care Act
With a new and improved AHCA in place, the government would disseminate information to the American people that would inform them on how they can, through simple diet and lifestyle change, nearly totally prevent ever having a heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, acid stomach, obesity, and a host of other physical problems
Now this is exactly what I and Hallelujah Acres have been promoting for over 20 years. And as a result, tens of thousands of people from around the world have written to share with us that after they applied these prevention teachings, they have recovered from over 170 different physical problems and they don’t get sick anymore.
For true health reform to take place, we must reform our health from within! And that means a dramatic change in what we eat, drink and do every day!
I Close with These Words from Senator Harkin
“Consider this: Right now, some 75 percent of health care costs are accounted for by heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and obesity. What these five diseases have in common is that they are largely preventable and even reversible by changes in nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle.”
Next week, the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high, we will share information that could not only restore health to most of those who are sick and prevent future sickness, but at the same time saves trillions of dollars in health care costs.
Trust you will join us for the next exciting issue of the Hallelujah Health Tip!