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Date: 07/05/2007    Written by: Jon Barron

Mandatory Healthcare? Universal Healthcare?


Massachusetts is the first state to mandate health care for every citizen, and the health care insurers and providers are going nutso in an attempt to capture their share of what is now a huge captive market. Their sales pitches on radio, TV, the internet, and through targeted mailings are backed by strong messages from state health insurance officials that those without insurance may, come January, face the first phase of tax penalties that back up the mandate.

And this is just the beginning. As the January deadline looms larger and consumers face the ultimate deadline, you can expect the frenzy to reach a fevered pitch.

So what does it all mean?

This is the first attempt in the US to provide universal healthcare -- already the norm throughout much of the rest of the world. The difference here is that instead of the government providing health care for its citizens, it's mandating that its citizens provide it for themselves. This is actually less different than it might first appear.

  • Either way, the citizen/consumer pays -- either through higher taxes or through mandatory payments to private insurers and/or healthcare providers.
  • Either way, people are forced to subsidize a system that ultimately steals their health by forcing them into pharmaceutical and surgical options.
  • Either way, the system supports the large pharmaceutical companies since their product is now mandated for everyone in the country.
  • Either way, health care costs go up. Yes, I know, the claim is that it will make health care more affordable for everyone. Nonsense. True, it may do so for the first couple of years, but long term? Impossible. Demographics make that absurd. If more people are being run through the system, and if more of those people are living longer than ever before, and if medical equipment and procedures are getting ever more expensive, and if a far higher percentage of people are suffering from a whole host of self-inflicted diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, then where do you think the money is coming from? Lotto!! Bottom line: costs must go up, and health care must be rationed.

But most important, under universal or mandated healthcare, alternative therapies are dealt a severe blow.

  • For those who prefer alternative health care and previously spent their dollars on alternative health care, they now have far fewer dollars to spend on alternative health care since their formerly discretionary health care dollars are now mandated to support a system they do not approve of. (That's a mouthful, but you get the idea.)
  • Mandated or universal health care systems, by definition, must force people into a very narrow definition of health care.
  • Allowing people a "choice" ultimately undermines the system -- particularly if those alternatives produce better results in many cases.

Think I'm crazy? Just look at alternative health care in Canada and Europe.

As much as we complain about the FDA, the US has been a haven for alternative health care…at least until now.

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    Submitted by Alex on
    July 6, 2007 - 10:20am

    This spells a possible end for holistic medicine. I thought that at least the States aren't going to wipe out what little we have left of alternative medicine, but it seems I'm wrong. This can mean more that people would think. The generations that are to come, along with us, the fools that let that happen, will suffer the consequences. But not before we make the drug industry even richer.
    Understand, people, herbs are not just the 'alternative way' of treating yourself if you 'aren't seriosly ill'. They are our first, last and only hope, and will become even more important in the future with all of the new toxins on their way into our lifestyle and the ever growing soil depletion that threatens to leave us devoid of literally everything essential for our bodies to survive, not just to be healthy.
    I'm not saying conventional medicine is evil, I'm saying it's not enough. Just 1 yeat ago I wanted to be a doctor, like all teenagers-but now,looking objectively at the facts, I want to be a herbalist.

    Submitted by DS on
    July 6, 2007 - 8:55am

    This is really upsetting. So if it's inevitable that this Codex Alimentarius passes, as you're suggesting, what do we do?

    Submitted by DS on
    July 7, 2007 - 8:56am

    I hope your prediction is corrrect, and certainly intend to let my voice be heard. For the time being, I recommend everyone look over the information at and sign the Citizens Petition. Also, in regards to Alex's post, it's good to hear that there are younger people interested in herbal medicine, to carry on the legacy into the future.

    Submitted by Jon Barron on
    July 6, 2007 - 1:12pm

    Do I think Codex will pass? Yes, I think it's inevitable. Do I think this spells the end for aternative therapies? No I don't. Actually, I think the passage of Codex might be a watershed event that could serve to break alternative therapies out of the backwaters.

    At the moment, people (particularly in the US) can pretty much get any supplements they want. Threats to this are vague and in the future. Victims such as ephedra and Dr. Burzynski are isolated and out of the news. Like the frog in slowly warming water, we keep ignoring the danger until we die. If Codex passes, it would be like dropping a frog in boiling water. People will suddenly find they can no longer access the supplements they want -- across the board. They will scream loudly and en masse. Governments will back down. (They always do when the screams are loud enough.) Codex will be rewritten to incorporate alternatives as mainstream. And we’ll all live happily ever after.

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