The Health Care bill Controversy

I have been listening to the debates about the health care bill. I am appalled by the hatred. It’s not a great bill. It is more health insurance reform. I don’t like having to pay more to large corporations that have far too much power in our lives. However, this bill does have the ability to help some of those people who are not getting care. In that sense it’s a great bill. If it saves one life it is a good bill and it’s worth the money we spend on it. Anyone who argues against that needs to consider if it would be worth it if it were THEIR life or the life of THEIR child.

On the other side of the argument are those complementary health care providers and users who say that this is a bad bill because it will force them to use a medicine they don’t use. We have one medicine. There are many theories about how to treat but ultimately we are all treating the human body. No one will be forced to use anything they don’t want to use. Buying insurance or paying the minimal fine that goes towards those who have no insurance for emergency use is not forcing anyone to make other choices. Like any sort of tax, we don’t get to say where our money goes.

Complementary care providers like to say that their medicine is better. If we are not bringing that medicine to the people it’s not a good bill and we should fight it. I say this is ego. No single medicine is better than another in all cases. If my leg is cut off during a natural disaster, I want allopathic medical intervention. I want IVs and likely I’ll want really good drugs too. After the crisis, then I will work on managing the condition with the other types of therapies–diet and herbs and acupuncture.

If anyone believing they are a health care provider and this bill saves the life of even one person but they still argue it should be repealed (arguing to make it better so that all people can access any sort of health care is great–I should love that!), suggests that they are not in the field of health care out of compassion or concern for others but to stroke their ego. Health care is about saving lives.

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

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