David Shapley CCH
Homeopathic Practitioner in Dallas, Texas
Setting aside all hype, marketing and government backed authority on the subject of healthcare, I have concluded that what people do to deal with sickness is purely based on one's beliefs and not results. In order to make it simple and clear I'm going to refer to those in favor of single payer system as "you" and those like me who don't as "I".
You believe that disease is an arbitrary accidentally externally conditioned event imposed upon you by great powers beyond your control. Because of this you believe that it will require a great external power to cure you.
I believe disease is the sedimentation and crystallization of imbalanced thinking which I myself have generated and to which I myself must cure. There are skillful means which can help stimulate a healing reaction within me, but I must take responsibility for my self, my thoughts and my actions to be a proactive self healer to get results which are meaningful.
You believe that no one should suffer or die, and that someone external to you must make great heroic effort do something to take your surfing away and keep you from death.
I believe that suffering comes from nature to point out to us how and where we have gone out of balance and compel change, and that death is inevitable and comes a point when it's foolish and causes more suffering to fight the reality of this.
You believe it is compassionate when someone with authority is doing something about people suffering from disease, even in the case that there are no beneficial results or even worse, making things worse.
I believe it is foolish to do something which makes the problem worse and wise to know when to not do anything at all.
You believe that taking a drug or treatment in antipathy against the disease you are suffering from is curing your of disease.
I believe the short term relief you may get from taking those suppressive drugs is giving you long term, more complicated disease, resulting in even greater suffering and expense. It is taking you further away from a real solution or cure.
You believe in the "war against disease" philosophy of healthcare.
I believe you are fighting laws of karma and nature and that we should treat the person with methods which are in alignment with these karmic and natural laws.
You believe that when your favored form of healthcare is delivered to you for a fee via a free market, then greed drives the motives of providers, and that when government provides it, benevolence motivates providers.
I believe that there is no free market healthcare because of government licensing, regulation and insurance involvement which insures that greed motivates the current state protected system, while in true single payer systems, by and large, mostly ineffective counterfeit healthcare is provided as means of political control and still guarantees big profit to pharmaceutical corporations.
You believe when treatment is heroic, dangerous and life threatening, then it must be powerful and beneficial.
I believe treatment must be safe, gentle and give lasting if not permanent benefit. It must above all do no harm.
You believe the materialistic scientific evidence based methods, which only sees you as a collection of particles and chemical actions, alone are beneficial.
I believe that the best approach to dealing with chronic disease is to treat the whole person addressing the eternal mind stream as it effects the flow of life resulting in effects on the body.
You believe that passive dependence on authority will save you.
I believe reliance on my own inner self healer will guide me to solution.
You believe that because people are innately bad, health care providers need to be regulated by government power.
I believe that because there are bad tendencies in people, government power attracts the worst and thus corrupts healthcare driving out sincere and innovative providers.
You believe state licensing establishes a qualified healthcare provider.
I believe reputation as to results establishes a qualified healthcare provider.
You believe modern healthcare is curing the sick and stopping death.
I believe modern healthcare has given rise to greater suffering through suppression of symptoms, side effect, rebound and making more complicated incurable diseases. Some people who turn to it may get short term relief and live a little longer but the price is great suffering and a more miserable death in the end.
You believe my beliefs are insane.
I believe your belief are ignorant.
You believe I should be forced to pay taxes to fund your beliefs.
I am certain you are taking recourses away from me denying me the right to spend them on the form of healthcare I believe is best for me.
Now I know you may say that in order to make it fair, let us include your beliefs with my beliefs in the single payer system. It's a nice theory, but in reality, in England where they have done this, those who have your beliefs have declared they don't want to pay taxes to fund my belief and have systematically shut my favored method out of the system. In other places, to placate tax payer (corporate monopoly) demands, they have corrupted and debased my preferred method through government regulations, so that it doesn't work. In places in India it seems to be working so far, but the political winds are fickle and things can change quickly.
So before we talk about how healthcare should be government provided, we first need to establish that what is provided is of actual measurable beneficial long term positive results which are equal to all, such as roads or parks. As far as I can tell, healthcare has always been and still is based on what a person believes in, just like a religion or space aliens. Should anyone be required to subsidize another persons beliefs? Should a non religious person be required to pay for someone's religion even though it makes them feel better? Do you believe you should be required to subsidize my beliefs here in stated? If it is indeed belief based, shouldn't people be required to pay out of pocket to indulge their beliefs? I leave it to you to ponder.