I keep hearing how important it is that we call our Senators to share in very real terms what it will mean for us and our families if the Senate American Health Care Act bill wins a majority vote. Yes, this kind of engagement is imperative in a true democracy … but I find myself asking different questions about the meaning of healthcare.
My father has advanced Alzheimer’s Disease. Nearly 30 months ago, my family decided to move him into the secure unit of a long-term memory care facility. My heart breaks every time I visit my father.
There he sits, solitary in his bed or dazed amongst his fellow residents in the facility’s “recreational room” – all of these people, at a minimum, subdued into a manageable state by pharmaceuticals or, at worst, entirely gorked out, their brains essentially non-functional being kept alive by the extensive use of more pharmaceuticals and nutrient solutions.
The staff are heroic in their commitment to my father. I admire their dedication and even their belief that what they are doing is good, but each time I visit I am reminded that we have collectively accepted as status quo a healthcare system that is utterly broken. We’ve sacrificed quality of life for quantity of years kept alive.
My father often asks if he can please just “go home.” I have to believe there is some deeper spiritual implication to his request.
Our more liberal and humane politicians implore us to take action by wielding the pronouncement, “If this health care bill is passed, people will die.” As if death is the final measure of failure. Within the current healthcare paradigm in America, it is.
Beat death at whatever cost.
Our Senators are not debating healthcare. They are debating who gets access to insurance, who controls that access, and most important to them, who profits financially from the system of insurance access that is put in place.
No matter which side you’re on, no one wins in this debate. We need a new possibility.
I want to talk about a national movement aimed to educate children and adults about the benefits of eating whole, healthy foods … and about the added benefit to body, mind, and spirit of actually growing that food yourself.
Can we have conversations and implement educational programs that empower each of us to understand that our personal choices have very personal consequences? We can and must take an active role in our own healthcare.
Pharmaceutical companies elucidate the laundry list of harmful side effects caused by taking the toxic drugs they sell at over-inflated prices, but we are a culture addicted to looking for the quick fix and we turn our power over to doctors who prescribe these pharmaceuticals. I want to talk about what it means to cultivate health, not alleviate symptoms, as the basis of our healthcare system.
Do we dare explore the role of spirit in the healing process? Can we talk frankly about how the inevitable hardships and traumas we all face as humans break our spirits as well as our bodies? I want to talk about a system of healthcare that understands the need to restore meaning to such experiences, ultimately offering purpose to our lives, while also ensuring medical care needed for all to address physical challenges.
A New Possibility states as our mission healing at the interface of personal destiny and planetary transformation. We each have a responsibility to create a different culture, a different world. When we engage in playing our role, we encourage health.
Let’s keep talking … and keep calling your Senators!
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