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Destroying Health Care in America

After years of government / corporate cronyism, and rampant insurance company fraud, the picture has dramatically changed for healthcare in America. Today, we have a health care crisis that may drive America into bankruptcy.

Health insurance costs are rising faster than wages or inflation, and "medical causes" are increasingly being cited by bankruptcy filers in the United States. Americans pay, on average, nearly $7,000 per person for medical costs, whereas citizens in the next-highest-cost developed pay around $3,200 per person.

We're told that costs are so high because we get the best health care in the world. Yet, a recent report from the Commonwealth Fund rates American health care quality to the lowest among 19 industrialized nations. The World Health Organization ranks the U.S. 26th in quality of health care of the advanced countries. Americans are waiting longer to see doctors and are more likely to die of preventable or treatable illnesses. We squander money on wasteful administrative costs, illnesses caused by medical error and inefficient use of time, the report concluded. We lead the world in spending, with 7.5 percent of health expenditures made on insurance administration, for example.

Ron Paul"For decades, the U.S. healthcare system was the envy of the entire world. Not coincidentally, there was far less government involvement in medicine during this time. America had the finest doctors and hospitals, patients enjoyed high-quality, affordable medical care, and thousands of private charities provided health services for the poor. Doctors focused on treating patients, without the red tape and threat of lawsuits that plague the profession today. Most Americans paid cash for basic services, and had insurance only for major illnesses and accidents. This meant both doctors and patients had an incentive to keep costs down, as the patient was directly responsible for payment, rather than an HMO or government program." - Dr. Ron Paul


The History of Modern Healthcare
Alex Jones talks with Peter Glidden, a doctor of Naturopathic medicine. Mr. Glidden is an outspoken advocate of wholistic health. He has lectured to thousands of people over the last two decades and is a regular speaker at Health Freedom Expo and Youngevity regional meetings. Glidden is the author of The MD Emperor Has No Clothes, a book that describes how society is on the verge of a health care meltdown.

In a paper titled “Death by Medicine” compelling evidence is presented that today’s system frequently causes more harm than good. This fully referenced report shows the number of people having in-hospital, adverse reactions to prescribed drugs to be 2.2 million per year. The number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections is 20 million per year. The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million per year. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million per year.

The most stunning statistic, however, is that the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year. It is now evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the US. (By contrast, the number of deaths attributable to heart disease in 2001 was 699,697, while the number of deaths attributable to cancer was 553,251.5)

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AMA Directed Health Care puts Profits above Patients

Devolving over the past 100 years from a patient centric health care system to a profit centric system, the modern health care system has been co-opted by private corporations with the emphasis today on maximizing profits. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer's Association, and nearly every major medical school in the U.S. have all calluded with the American Medical Association (AMA) to protect the profits of multi-national pharmaceutical corporations and to keep cures for most chronic diseases away from the marketplace. While cancer may be the most profitable chronic disease, cures have also been found for diabetes, alzheimer's, muscular dystrophy, heart disease and nearly every chronic disease.

The AMA Has Lost the War on Cancer
Throughout the 1980s, we were spending less than $50 billion per year on cancer. By 2009 the total spent on cancer care, treatment and research exceeded $305 billion per year, according to the British Medical Journal, 28 August 2009. There are now more than 569,000 cancer deaths per year in the U.S., yet all this money has not improved the overall chances of survival from cancer during the past 25 years even slightly.

The best five year survival statistics have been produced using therapies based on the hypothesis that cancer is a systemic disease, and tumours are only local symptoms. Therefore the cancer patient should be treated using a therapy designed to restore the body's own natural healing mechanisms. After undergoing such a therapy "terminal" cancer patients showed a 16.6% five year survival compared with less than 5% expected with conventional therapies and a 15% fifteen year survival compared with less than 1%. With pre-terminal patients there was an 85% five year survival compared with about 50% [Issels J. Immunotherapy in Progressive Metastatic Cancer - A Fifteen Year Follow-up. Clinical Trials Journal August 1970: 357-365.]

Cancer Cures Kept from Public View
There have been a number of cancer cures discovered in the past 100 years, but none of them have been allowed into the mainstream health care system. Why? Quite simply, because there is no "profit" for Big Pharma in a cure for cancer but there are huge profits in the treatment of cancer.

The problem of a cancer cures lies in the politics of money. You see, in order for a drug to be approved by the FDA, the manufacturer must do years of clinical trials, which may cost anywhere between 100 – 300 million dollars. The end result the manufacturer hopes for is called a patent or legal ownership of the drug. The problem with cheap natural remedies is that they cannot patent something that occurs naturally. As a result, there are no drug companies willing the spend that kind of money for testing a product they cannot own and they will do everything they can both legally and politically to prevent natural products from ever reaching the market.

So, with the Rockefeller/Carnegie controlled FDA as the final authority on what remedies can be considered a cure, we have a "catch-22". No product can make a health claim as being effective unless first approved by the FDA. It doesn't matter whether the claim is true or false, what matters is whether it is regulated by a government entity owned by multinational corporations. Before a remedy can claim a curative result, it must undergo extensive clinical trials which will only be performed if there is a profit to be made. In other words, it must be "proved" to work by the standards of this government/big pharma crony cartel. If the clinical trials prove the effectiveness of a remedy, then it must therefore be regulated by the FDA and only prescribed by AMA licensed doctors and dispensed by licenced pharmacies. As a result, no cure can be claimed and will ever reach the marketplace unless first approved by the alopathic big pharma controlled AMA and FDA.

The Gerson Therapy
Max Gerson was a German physician who developed the Gerson Therapy, an alternative dietary therapy, which he claimed could cure cancer and most chronic, degenerative diseases. The Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, vegetarian diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements. Over the past 60 years, thousands of people have used the Gerson Therapy to recover from so-called “incurable” diseases, including: Cancer (including melanoma, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, lymphoma, pancreatic cancer and many others), Diabetes, Heart disease, Arthritis, Auto-immune disorders, and many others.

Essiac
Essiac or Essiac Tea is a blend of herbs promoted as an alternative treatment for cancer and other illnesses. From the 1920s through the 1970s, essiac was promoted as a cancer treatment by Rene Caisse, a Canadian nurse, who claimed that it had been given to her by a patient and that the recipe derived from an Ontario Ojibwa medicine man. Thousands of people have claimed to have been cured of their cancers using Essiac. The government dismisses these claims saying the doctors had made a mistake in diagnoses and those claiming to have been cured never in fact had cancer, or had received successful medical treatment elsewhere before being treated with the Hoxsey Therapy.

Hoxsey Therapy
The Hoxsey Therapy uses a mixture of herbs, antiseptic douches and washes, laxative tablets, and nutritional supplements that have been used to cure cancer. It was introduced in the 1920s by Harry Hoxsey, a former coal miner and insurance salesman, and Norman Baker, a radio personality. Hoxsey himself traced the treatment to his great-grandfather, who observed a horse with a tumor on its leg cure itself by grazing upon wild plants growing in the meadow.

The American Medical Association condemned Hoxsey's "caustic pastes" and tonics as fraudulent. In 1949, Hoxsey sued the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and its editors for libel and slander. Hoxsey won the case. The U.S. government banned the sale of the Hoxsey herbal treatment in 1960 and Hoxsey was also forced to close all of his U.S. clinics. In 1963, the Bio-Medical Clinic was established in Tijuana, Mexico where they have claimed a success rate of 50–85% with Hoxsey's Therapy. Like in the case of Essiac, the FDA dismisses these claims saying those claiming to have been cured never in fact had cancer, or had received successful medical treatment elsewhere before being treated with the Hoxsey Therapy.

Numerous "alternative" medical literature disputes the claims of the AMA and FDA of the of the ineffectiveness of the Hoxey Therapy. According to botanist James A. Duke of the United States Department of Agriculture, eight of the nine Hoxsey-tonic herbs have some anti-tumor activity in animal models, five have antioxidant effects, and all nine have antimicrobial activity that may be linked to cancer-fighting effects. Duke's assessment was that the Hoxsey tonic ingredients showed very significant chemical and biological anticancer activity. [Duke, James. "The Herbal Shotgun Shell," American Botanical Council's HerbalGram, No. 18/19, Fall 1988/Winter 1989, pp. 12-13]

And, What is the AMA Directed Treatment for Cancer?
Traditional cancer treatment options are often referred to as cut, poison and burn (surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation). These are the only treatment options allowed by the AMA directed health care system and the only treatments covered by health insurance.

Surgery
This treatment is performed to remove the cancerous tissues and is often followed by chemotherapy or radiotherapy. No randomised trial has ever been held to demonstrate the efficacy of surgery [Don Benjamin, The Efficacy of Cancer Surgery].

Chemotherapy
This treatment involves the use of chemical agents or drugs to destroy cancerous cells and forms the core treatment of malignancies. These drugs work by targeting fast-growing cells; the type and combination of drugs depends upon the type of cancer. “Most cancer patients in this country die of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy does not eliminate breast, colon, or lung cancers. This fact has been documented for over a decade, yet doctors still use chemotherapy for these tumors.” [Allen Levin, MD UCSF The Healing of Cancer] The plain fact is, no legitimate scientific studies or clinical trials independent of the companies selling chemo drugs have ever proven chemotherapy’s effectiveness, except in a small percentage of very rare types of cancer. For solid tumors of adults, the vast majority of cancer, or anything that has metastasized, chemotherapy simply doesn’t work.

Radiation Therapy
This treatment involves the use of high-energy ionizing radiation from varied sources including x-rays, gamma rays, protons and neutrons to shrink tumors and kill cancerous cells. Radiotherapy is not effective in reducing deaths from breast cancer, and other randomised trials carried out to evaluate radiotherapy for other forms of cancer, such as colon cancer have produced the same results. Post-operative radiotherapy (PORT) for lung cancer has been found to increase the mortality from cancer.


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Problem - Reaction - Solution
The elite ruling class have pretty effectively been manipulating dumbed down Americans to join their New World Order program of universal health care using a technique called the Hegelian Dialectic. The corporate/government cooperative created the problem in the first place with their ERISA law, tax laws, and regulatory agencies driving good doctors out of practice and forcing them into the Corporate sector where profits are put ahead of people. Access to health care services declined and costs rose.

As the corporate health care monopoly grew, drug companies and HMOs continue to lobby Congress for more socialized medicine and more money. As more fiat money is poured in to the health care system by the Federal Reserve, prices skyrocket, services decline, and more and more desperate people react by demanding relief.

As usual, government intervention in the private market failed to deliver the promised benefits and caused the consequences we now suffer, but Congress never blames itself for the problems created by bad laws. Instead, we are told more government – in the form of “universal coverage” – is the solution.


Employer Provided Health Insurance
You buy your own auto insurance, your own homeowners insurance, and your own life insurance. Why, then, do we allow our employers to buy something as private as our healthcare? Because they can get a better deal for us? Because they care more about us? Or perhaps, as many would argue, if they didn't have insurance through their employer, they probably wouldn't have insurance at all. So, why doesn't the employer provide auto, home, and life insurance as well? Read on... I'll tell you why!

"The problems with our health care system are not the result of too little government intervention," according to Dr. Ron Paul, "but rather too much." It’s time to rethink the whole system of HMOs and managed care set up by government interference in health care dating to the 1970s. This entire unnecessary level of corporatism rakes off profits and worsens the quality of care, says Dr. Paul.

"One big problem arises from the 1974 ERISA law, which grants tax benefits to employers for providing health care, while not allowing similar incentives for individuals. This results in the illogical coupling between employment and health insurance. As such, government removed the market incentive for health insurance companies to cater to the actual health-care consumer. As a greater amount of government and corporate money has been used to pay medical bills, costs have risen artificially out of the range of most individuals."

In 1957, the federal marginal income tax rate was 91%. Corporate executives, particularly those in the 91% bracket, told their employers they didn't want to be payed more money because they had to pay the government $9,100 in taxes for a $10.000 raise. So the corporate executives followed by the labor unions went to Washington and obtained the right that if their company paid for their healthcare, they wouldn't get taxed on the benefit.

So, if you're employed with an income in the upper half, and work for a company that pays your healthcare, the federal government ends up paying half your healthcare. The benefit you get, you don't pay income taxes on. In fact, the only reason employers pay our healthcare is because they pay non-taxable benefits on healthcare. Further, we are forced to buy healthcare from our employer because we get a 2:1 advantage over buying the insurance privately, because of the income tax deduction.

The working mother with three children working for a company that does not provide healthcare has to earn two dollars to buy her children $1 worth of healthcare.

We should immediately stop this unfair practice and should give a tax deduction to anybody who buys their own healthcare.

When we give a tax deduction to people who buy their own health care, the first thing that is going to happen is that every employee working at a company that provides healthcare is going to get a pay raise! Assuming the employer has been paying $5,000 a year for your insurance and now pays you the $5,000, you can take that money and start shopping for PERSONAL health care insurance.

Assuming your healthcare insurance is now costing you $5,000 a year, by increasing your deductible, you can reduce your premium. For example, say you get a $2,000 deductible plan and reduce your premium $3,000, you are immediately ahead $1,000.

And, insurance consumers will pay more attention to what they are paying for. When they discover a particular drug, doctor, or procedure is too expensive they will look for another option. People would start comparison shopping for health care matters (insurance, doctor visits, etc.). In the present health care system, who cares what the costs are? Why should you care since someone else is paying for it. If you were paying for it, you will be more involved in finding the lowest cost health care services and wouldn't stand for those people overcharging for their goods and services.

In other words, the health care industry would be forced to be more efficient and competition would drive healthcare prices down. Get the employer out of health care and allow entrepreneurs deliver a better product for a lower cost. Our brightest minds would start focusing on more efficient ways to deliver health care, doctors & hospitals would have new incentives to invest in new equipment, technologies and procedures. Service might actually come to the health care industry! Health costs would actually start going down.

Cradle to Grave Health Care
Health care with the efficiency of the postal service and the compassion of the IRS.

The goal of the ruling New World Order elite is create a global populace dependent on faceless bureaucrats providing for their health care.

Bill Clinton proposed a Health Security Act that would have converted 1/7 of the nation's budget into a health bureaucracy. The freedom to choose physicians and to pick a desired treatment were virtually eliminated. In addition, those who disobey the system would receive harsh punishment. According to Bill Clinton, his health care legislation would have "criminalized" most avenues patients and doctors could take to obtain and supply health care outside the plan.

  • For example, parents who pay for their child's medical care not covered by the Clinton health care plan or "alliance" could have be convicted of criminal bribery and graft and fined or imprisoned.
  • Doctors who cooperate with such parents could also be imprisoned.
  • Even citizens who use their own money to avoid waiting lists and rationing could be sent to jail.
  • President Clinton's health-reform plan would have required every American to carry a health identification card bearing a tracking id that could be used for computerized tracking of medical or insurance records. But some worry that this could jeopardize the confidentiality of a patient's medical history.

In the wake of their failure to pass Clinton's National Health Insurance plan, socialists are touting their success in passing Health Insurance Reform in the form of the Kennedy/Kassebaum Act. In a clear violation of the Tenth Amendment, this Act gives the Federal government powers reserved for the states. It does not allow states to pass their own Health Insurance plans, states are only required to do what the Federal government allows them. Their state plans must pass muster by the Department of Health and Human Services or be forced to revert to Federal insurance.

Democrats and Republicans alike are plotting to completely destroy private health care in America and allow for the federal takeover of this industry. Every plan being proposed requires certain things of every citizen. One plan requires, mandatory preventative visits to the doctor. Another requires that proof of health care must be rendered before a citizen can be hired on a job. Every program requires that all citizens have some form of health care that is regulated by the government. In addition, each program places several regulatory requirements on the health care industry itself which, at least for the moment is still under the private sector. For each of these proposed health care programs we as citizens are being told that we must relinquish regulatory control of an aspect of our personal life, namely health care, to the control of the Federal Government.

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ObamaCare
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010 and upheld by the U.S.Supreme court in 2012.

For the first time in American history, all citizens will now be required to purchase health insurance from private insurance companies or be subject to fines (a tax according to the Supreme Court).

In the short term, this legislation will cause many businesses to lay off thousands and thousands and thousands of employees because they cannot afford the insurance. This will result in hurting the most vulnerable in our society with unemployement.


Rationed Health Care
Buried in Obamacare is a new plan for rationed health care. Obamacare includes health rules to have medical treatments tracked electronically by a federal system. But it goes further by establishing a new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, that monitors treatments, as Betsy McCaughey, the former Lt. Governor of New York, says, “to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective.” “The goal is to reduce costs and ‘guide’ your doctor’s decisions,” she explains. Meaning that if they decide you are too old, too frail, too sickly, then perhaps the operation that you want is not in the best interests of the people. You are too expensive. Therefore, some people are going to get their letter in the mail that says, “Sorry, your surgery does not meet our guidelines.”

The waiting lists for healthcare is going to grow into weeks, and then into months. We are going to see mortality rates skyrocket in America and America will fall in rank on the world’s list of quality healthcare.

“Medicare now pays for treatments deemed safe and effective. The stimulus bill would change that and apply a cost- effectiveness standard set by the Federal Council,” McCaughey writes. Obamacare's provisions are based on the UK system, where cost is more important than treatment and medical care. That has required patients to put off care until their conditions worsen.

Medicare

President George W. Bush drained the fiscal resources of Medicare by forcing it to compete with subsidized private insurance plans which are allowed to arbitrarily select or not select those they will cover; failing to provide reasonable levels of reimbursements to Medicare providers, thereby discouraging providers from participating in the program, and designing a Medicare Part D benefit without cost controls which allowed pharmaceutical companies to gouge the American taxpayers for the price of prescription drugs. The President created, manipulated, and disseminated information given to the citizens and Congress of the United States in support of his prescription drug plan for Medicare that enriched drug companies while failing to save beneficiaries sufficient money on their prescription drugs.

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Who are the winners and losers?
As government bureaucracy continues to give preferences and protections to HMOs and trial lawyers, the winners will continue to be the Insurance companies, the pharmaceutical companies, and the federal government.

The losers are American citizens who will pay ever rising prices and receive declining care while doctors continue to leave the profession in droves. Already hundreds of thousands of doctors have said they are either going to be shutting their doors, or they are going to leave the country because they will not be able to afford to work under the regulations of Obamacare. Inflation hits the middle class and the poor the most. Those are the people who are losing it.

The answer is not a system of outright socialized medicine, but rather a system that encourages everyone – doctors, hospitals, patients, and drug companies – to keep costs down. As long as “somebody else” is paying the bill, the bill will be too high. Real health care reform will only come when we get back to the Constitutional principle of limited government and get the government, lawyers, and the courts out of our health care decisions. So long as they are allowed to make our health care decisions, the ONLY criteria for health care providers will be greed.

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