Good Health Care

Good health care is not a personal right. It is a parent’s responsibility. Parents everywhere have the initial and basic responsibility to care for the infant(s) to which they give birth. If they have insurance to help with the costs of this initial care, that is fine, but it is not the responsibility of any government or other relative or neighbor or religious group or friend to provide the funds for this ongoing responsibility or service any more than it is the responsibility of any of these entities to provide the funds to anyone for the purchase and operation of a phone.

Any insurance benefits that are available to help with the costs of health care must come from companies or agencies that collect premiums from their customers who want this financial service. And they are only able to pay individual customers and their health care providers for the specific costs of health care procedures if they can maintain an excessive level of premiums over expenses, if they can make a profit from their business. They have to be able to attract a “pool” of healthy customers who will have a minimum amount of costs for health care during a reasonable time frame so that they can afford to pay the costs for their customers when they become sick or otherwise injured. These principles of business are true for any company or agency that is engaged in providing financial services for health care irregardless of the name of the company or the government program that provides the financial plan, which is the insurance policy. They are true whether the policies are secured voluntarily or through compulsory taxes or fees.

Once an infant is born, his or her body is no longer “new”. It is like a “new” car that immediately becomes “used” once it is driven off of the dealer’s lot or taken out of the display room. Then it is the responsibility of the owner or parents to maintain the car or the health of their child. The dealer may provide a warranty to cover some possible costly repairs to the “new” car, but these would only be effective for a limited period of time and they would basically only cover parts of the car that were not subject to a lot of poor maintenance or abusive driving habits, and the price of such warranties is included in the price of the car. Warranties for used cars are usually very expensive and very limited if they can be purchased at all. Health care is a legitimate cost of living for adults and their dependents even for those who are unemployed.

So insurance companies or agencies that agree to cover the costs of health care on the “used” bodies of their customers must be wise managers of their financial assets if they are going to maintain a necessary level of profits in their business. That means that they must recognize and take into account the personal factors, such as age and gender and health habits, of their customers. It is foolish to expect good business managers to ignore these factors by trying to force them to issue insurance plans without regard to the “pre-existing” health conditions of their customers. That is like forcing a car dealer to issue a service warranty on a used car irregardless of whether or not it was caught in a flood, involved in a crash, or just poorly maintained for years. Such an effort by congress to force insurance companies to ignore “pre-existing” risks, such as high blood pressure and smoking and health histories, is nonsense or poor business.

Good Health Care is not our government’s responsibility

Our congressional representatives and the president should not be engaged in this current effort to reform health care, particularly the business practices of insurance companies who are seeking to provide individuals with some funds for the costs of this service. And they should not be seeking to put caps on the level of fees that private professionals can charge their customers and patients for the health care services that they provide. Such fees and premiums are matters of the business market place. This reform is not a responsibility of our government.

The health care reform that needs to take place in our society should not be focused on the insurance business or the services of health care professionals, but it should be focused on getting adults to recognize their responsibilities to provide health care for the children that they produce and to practice habits of good health. Such reforms could go a long way toward enabling them to maintained their bodies for many decades of comfortable living, although “old age” is basically not a preventable disease.

A lot of good health care could be established by going back to a previous plan by many insurance companies who would issue health insurance policies that would only cover “major” medical expenses, such as those that might come from unexpected medical emergencies or accidents. All other costs for health care would be recognized as being outside of these policies and within the personal responsibilities of adults. These costs would be for such services as for eye glasses and regular dental cleaning or braces and flu shots and blood tests and physical therapy. The service of emergency health care for the unemployed and the persistently poor should be provided by more non-profit medical clinics in our communities, with these being operated by caring charitable foundations, churches or synagogues, or other such agencies. Doctors and other health care professionals could be encouraged to spend a few years of service at a less than normal wage in such clinics in the course of their careers. This would take some of the financial pressure off of the hospitals that are profit-seeking businesses.

Good health care is a basic need for every person, and some reforms in this service are necessary. Let’s talk about what makes for good health care.

Birds Feed

It is a good educational experience to watch the birds feed at the feeders in our yard. They seem to know what is good to eat and what isn’t. They won’t eat some seed that has apparently spoiled in the feeder. They discard the husks around other types of seeds, leaving them to clutter up our yard while they consume the good seeds. If I fail to fill the feeders, they don’t stay in the near-by tree waiting for me to feed them. But when I put fresh seeds in the feeders, they are there within minutes, and I don’t have to ring any bell.

Why don’t we humans have as much sense as these birds so that we would know the difference between what is good to eat and what isn’t good to eat? Too many of us seem determined to eat too much sugar or too much salt or too much fat or too many calories, and then we have to spend lots of money to try to correct the problems in our bodies that are created by these poor choices in what we eat.

How do birds feed?

What can we learn from watching the birds feed? Why do too many of us persist in eating what we don’t need to eat or what isn’t good for us? Whom are we willing to trust to keep our “feeders” filled with a daily supply of good food? Let’s talk about this.

Benefits of Erectile dysfunction

The condition of an erectile dysfunction in men may have some benefits if us men could see it as a physical reminder that there are other forms of intimate communication with one’s female spouse than sexual intercourse. Maybe there are benefits to erectile dysfunction. More “moments” for intimacy are probably missed by men in their relationships with their wives because they weren’t ready to listen to them than because they weren’t ready to engage in sex with them.

The unseen benefits of erectile dysfunction

Many wives would probably have bigger more frequent smiles on their faces if their husbands would only hear and respond to their appeals for their tender strong help and support in the midst of the messy kitchen or the cluttered living room rather than trying to get them to retreat to a peaceful spot outdoors where they could relax naked in “matching bathtubs” (if you get the “picture”). Drug companies could probably make millions of dollars more if they could make a pill that would make male eardrums more sensitive to female calls for tender loving help than the variety of pills that they now make to improve the flow of blood in the male’s erectile tissue.

E.D. may be the body’s way of telling men that it is time to give more attention to listening to their wives and responding to their needs with tender efforts of help and words of loving appreciation and encouragement than with the physical activity of sexual intercourse. Could there be any solid truth to the benefits of erectile dysfunction in men? What do you think? Let’s talk about this.

Golden years

Your golden years are suppose to be experienced after you retire when you are no longer controlled by the daily grinds of work schedules and raising children. Your days are suppose to provide you with numerous opportunities to relax, enjoy a variety of available pleasures, meet with friends and family as you wish, travel to where you want to go, and generally do what pleases you. But if you are filled with the aches and pains of arthritis, or facing the fears of a heart attack, or hampered by the effects of a stroke, or loosing your mental capacities from the effects of the Alzheimer’s disease, or trying to care for someone who is suffering from the effects of these physical problems, then you may not be experiencing any golden years. Maybe your family relationships are filled with more tension and bitterness than with love and pleasant memories, so this avenue of “golden” fellowship is not available to you. Maybe the funds that you regularly invested in your nest egg to cover your financial needs during these golden years have been severely depleted by the recent recession, so your days are filled with more worries than pleasures.

What good experiences are you having in your golden years?

If you are still oppressed by some of these physical and family problems or financial problems and concerns, what can you do to bring some “golden”, some good, experiences into these years of your life? Let’s talk about this.

Bad weather

It is apparent to millions of people that approaching bad weather can’t be stopped. The only good thing associated with it is probably the timely warnings that enable cities and individuals in its path to be ready for its arrival and to take appropriate actions to avoid its dangerous effects. Weather is too big an event to be controlled. There is another big event that has been predicted for years. It is the return of Jesus in physical form back to this earth. This prediction was made by Jesus himself and it is well documented in the scriptures of the New Testament.

Bad Weather: the prophecies

Christian teachers and preachers have been describing some of its particular details for centuries. Although there is not any specific agreement among these prophets in regard to exactly when this event is going to occur or the sequence of described events that will accompany it, they do basically agree that Jesus is going to return to earth in physical form. (For a good statement regarding this biblical prophecy see this article by Richard Innes “Will Jesus Christ Return to Earth?”) For those who are ready, it will be an event of great blessing.

Are you ready for the bad weather?

For those who are not ready, it will be an event of severe personal judgment. What do you anticipate as the good benefits of these big events? How did you prepare for the approaching storms? Are you ready for the return of Jesus? If not, you might examine this statement regarding the plan of salvation. What’s your take on the impending bad weather? It would be good to talk about this matter. Let’s talk.

Good credit

One’s credit rating is an indication of the level of faith that a lender has in his or her ability and willingness to repay any funds that the lender might advance to him or her. It is apparently based on the person’s current financial assets and his or her financial history. A good credit rating is a valuable resource to have. It can be very useful in any time of emergency when a major expense is necessary to handle some unforeseen circumstance. But it may be lost or jeopardized or changed if a person uses his or credit to make purchases that he or she knows are unnecessary and beyond his or her anticipated timely income.

Good Credit?

This matter of one’s credit rating has some things in common with one’s faith in God. What is God’s credit rating with you? How much faith do you have in him to pay for your sins with the bloody sacrifice of his Son, Jesus? God has said that he would do this if you would repent of your sins, acknowledge Jesus as the Lord of your life, and trust them. For some insight into this matter see this statement on my website: “Faith”.

This matter of faith and trust is a very basic part of living in a world that is filled with all kinds of risks and unloving enemies. Whether you are concerned with some economic or spiritual matters in your life, let’s talk about a good credit rating for you and God.

Beauty

I think that it is a good experience to view something that has beauty. If you are fortunate, it may be the view out of your window. Maybe you have to travel some miles to see a landscape that is noted for its picturesque beauty. Maybe you have been impressed by the beauty that has been projected by an artist in a particular piece of art that he or she has created. Maybe you have been especially touched by the beauty of a child’s smiling upturned face or the glint in the eyes of your spouse’s wrinkled face. In any case, I’m sure that in such experiences the beauty that you have recognized is a quality of the visual image that is more than the various details of the visual components of colors, lighting, shapes, textures, and placement of the various elements that make up the view. In a time when our eyes are bombarded with thousands of visual images everyday from our tv screens, billboards, publications, entertaining events and programs, ipods, classrooms, offices, homes, and commutes back and forth, it may be increasingly difficult to see much beauty in our fields of vision today. When was the last time that you saw something that had beauty? What was it? How did you feel as you gazed upon it? What was it that made it beautiful? Let’s talk about this.