Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Our Meeting Tonight

We had a great meeting tonight talking about the Dharma.

We talked about birth, death, suffering, the end of suffering. Sounds dour. But I almost hurt from laughing so much. What a meeting!

Anyway....at the end of the meeting we were talking about health care and healthcare "reform" and I told folks about this video clip and they asked that I post it up here on MindfulHeart to share.

I take requests. So here you go!

Share it with your friends.


Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Dan: This is simply outrageous. Health care and profit are words that should never appear in the same sentence!! Big business has its tentacles in the halls of government and the people's needs become incidental.

Can't tell you how fortunate I feel to live in Canada. When we have any health concerns, it never even occurs to us to have to think of money or insurance company approval or denial. It is just a given - that if you need medical care you will get it, period. Such freedom on so many levels.

Dan Gurney said...

Bonnie, you said it so eloquently. Thank you. I agree 100%!

Symbols said...

We live in a society that is governed by the mechanics of supply and demand. He who controls the scales of supply and demand controls the world. To make matters worse scarcity and corruption are inherent with in such a society. For those who have access over what others do not have access to have control. It does not matter whether you look at it through a communist, socialist, or capitalist lens, they are all "monetarism". A term coined by the film "Zeitgeist Addendum"

I suggest a good documentary to watch on this topic can be found at Zeitgeist.com

In the end I think only a complete and total collapse of our economy will truly shed light over where there has never been any.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Symbols,

Thanks for stopping by.

I tried the Zeitgeist link but it didn't respond; I'll try later.

A total collapse of our economy would surely shake things up! Perhaps there are gentler ways to make some progress towards a more compassionate world. I'd like to think so.

Margaret Pangert said...

Hi Dan! Sounds like you got through a lot of the sutras!
I watched the video and learned something I hadn't considered before: the lobbying expense portion of the healthcare costs.
Where else do our premiums go?
- Administrative costs
- Highly trained physicians
- Hospitals with the most modern diagnostic and treatment equipment,
- Pharmaceutical medications and research.
My thought would be to have the end-users lower their costs (Congress /lobbying pay-offs/, doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, administration.
The present system is broken, but I'm not sure what the solution is.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Margaret--

I'm not sure either. But I like the idea of getting profit out of health care. Why not adopt a system like other developed countries have, and have a government-run single payer system. Sure, I know it won't be perfect. But the system we have now is really NOT working. (I used to have full health care coverage as a teacher--just a small copay. Now I only have catastrophic coverage, and my district and I PAY a lot for it.) My routine care: it's all out of pocket now. As you say, the present system is broken.