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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:27 pm    Post subject: Why I Struggle  Reply with quote

Why I Struggle

http://www.opednews.com/maxwrite/diarypage.php?did=10258

Excellent article by our own David.

Please diggs, reddit, buzz, and for those who haven't been banned from OEN, please rate it and leave comments.

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It was, rather ironically as it turns out, while I myself was in the hospital recovering from pneumonia in 2004, that I had learned of her passing several days earlier. She had went to the hospital with a 105 fever, and, as it seems common for how people with no medical insurance or means to pay are treated in our “for profit” medical system and hospitals where the Hippocratic oath has become the hypocrites oath, was sent immediately back out onto the streets with a prescription she had no means to fill to avoid unnecessary costs to the hospital. She had died that very night. As did my interest in being in any way part of this “thing”, this abomination called America.

I know many people now are speaking about how a manufactured crisis is being used to loot the American public. But that people relate this way to each other in America does not surprise me. That people see others misfortunes as their own opportunity has become irrelevant, just as who is the next president, has no meaning at all. Just as I closed the door on the streets so long ago, that night I closed the door on America. My chosen way is that of freedom, not occupation by and slavery to the meme of Rome reborn from a colonization of the western mind and re-made whole in the invasion and colonization of this once free continent.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:23 am    Post subject: Struggle Reply with quote

I have never understood why the USA(those responsible)doesnt simply apply the simple health insurance system used in Europe which at least makes sure everyone is insured.Health insurance deductions come under deductions from the wage called"National deductions".

This is how it works-figures are just imagined;

From every wage(from every one who works),a sum of money in per cent is deducted in relation to the Brutto wage of the individual.i.e If person A earns 400 dollars a week he will get taken off 5 per cent.If Person B earns just 40 dollars a week he wont get taken off 5 per cent but less as he earns less!.This means those who earn more contribute more and those who earn less contribute but contribute less in relation.Under this simple sytsem everyone here in Europe even those out of work and/or without homes has health insurance.This is called "National Health Insurance".Ontop of this every person can take out a private Insurance policy(if they can afford it) which dissolves the National Insurance.This system does cause a two class system as private doctors tend to be"nicer"to those with private insurance against those who have National Insurance.

The National Insurance Companies will not pay for certain things but all that which is considered"life important"at least.Artificial limbs do get paid for by the National Health(in Germany at least) but probably not the best versions.Bad burns i.e facial will get treated with cosmetic plastic surgery and paid for by the National Health Companies but the same grade of burn i.e on the back may not.Sometimes the National Health Insurance will pay a per cent of the cost and the patient must pay the rest of the bill.Private Insurance Companies will meet and pay bills to greater extents of course.A Tooth Implant for example will not be paid for by the National Health Insurance but instead a simple false tooth whereas a person with Private insurance will only have to pay a very small part of the total bill for the same tooth implant-the rest bill will be carried by the private insurance.

We do talk of two class insurance here and many a Hidden camera has captured Doctor receptionists telling those patients with National Health insurance they are booked out and will have to wait for treatment and consultment-sometimes for ages-but two minutes later after meeting a person with private insurance he/she has been asked to take a seat straight away!.Since "undercover"TV reporters have filmed the evidence and shown it on TV many doctors are now cautious.But  there is at the moment an increasing number of  Doctors opening their surgerys only for private patients.Just yesterday a national statistic was made public that the division between the poor and rich was increasing and increasing faster than ever!.

In Britain the National Health System in truth has collapsed because although the Government collected the National deductions from each wage including that intended for the National Health Patients they just held on too as much as possible themselves and used the cash to finance i.e the war in Irak or gave themselves wage rises and golden handshakes for early retitrement etc etc etc!.

The quality and standard of the British National Health Service(NHS) system is one of the lowest here in Europe and most treatment even for basic things requires extra payment from the patients.

Most British Dentists will not treat National Health Patients but only private, as in the past the Government paid such small parts of the NHS patients bills which these dentists had sent off to the government to recieve payment for their work,that the Dentists were left to demand great sums of rest payment from their NHS patients.These bills which the Dentists were forced to fall back onto and ask for from their patients were just too high leaving the dentist the choice of paying a lawyer to try and squeeze some cash out of the patients or alternatively just forget it and loose their payments for their work.Its a good bet that tourists reasonably well dressed  walking about places of interest anywhere in Europe with missing front teeth will be British!.This is well known here in Germany as so often over the years friendly British tourists have asked for help and directions with missing front teeth.In short these guys are victims of snoby anti social health insurance sytem which rests on hundreds of years of a imperial class system.The British therefore although they have a national Health system aswell as private the standards are extremely low and very very expensive(which sums up generaly Britain in a nut shell).Remember the phrase and definition"fat Cats"is a British invention!.

Many Doctors from Germany take part of their holidays off to work VOLUNTARY in Britain including and especialy surgeons.Many patients also get sent to Germany to be treated,for example the case of a 83 year old English lady who was told she would have to wait two years for a hip joint replacement.Another NHS example;A young man was attacked during the day and had his head smashed by a hammer.He survived but could not work and would never be able to work again-being then onwards in a wheelchair..He was renting a flat.The NHS and Social Security together took so long to sort his claim out that he eneded up six months in rent arrears and almost got thrown onto the street by his landlord(landlord!!!?).He didnt recieve any "unemployment money" and had no savings.

With then this British example of a National Health system I mean to show the other side and that it is possible that the government  can actually take health insurance deductions from the wages but after going into "one big pot "get lost due to very questionable political ethics!.In Britain National Health contributions is a cash source which can in part be used for other purposes which certain government officials having the power to decide over can take and use for other causes.I think certain top politicians consider that the low quality standard of health given and the expensive costs payed by the everday person is the price of the liberty British must pay in the war against terrorism!.Of course just those who believe this i.e  Prime Minister "Gordon Brown and Co" have the best health insurance in the country!.The majority suffer and pay the price therefore for Constitutional and"Fat Cat"snobbery!. Twisted Evil  [/b]
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That really is disgraceful, Paul, when I compare what you've written about the British national health care system with what I saw of the French, Canadian, and Cuban health care systems in Michael Moore's film, "Sicko."

About the only thing worse would be no national health care system at all, and the U.S. is the only country without one. While it is true that some countries with health care systems do not or cannot fund them properly, the shame of the U.S. is that we are under the thumb of the insurance, medical, and pharmaceutical industries.

When possible I prefer to see a doctor or dentist in Mexico rather than in the U.S. Many Mexican doctors and dentists went to school in the U.S., so their education is no different, and those close to the border with a large U.S. clientele charge about what U.S. costs would be, but the important thing to me is their attitude. They are still regarded as professionals in Mexico, and they think of themselves that way, rather than as just money-grubbing machines. And they generally treat patients with respect, since the patient is seen as someone they want to help, not just somebody to extract the maximum money possible from. They like to have their patients come back and they build relationships. It used to be that way here, but with managed competition the doctors simply don't have the time to listen to a patient--they have to squeeze as many visits as possible into their working day.

But even more important than the availability and accessibility of western medical health care, is its lack of quality. Holistic, traditional, and natural medical treatments simply don't kill as many people and have higher cure rates. Think of it this way. A doctor is in business to make money. If he prescribes a bunch of herbs or a juice regimen that will only cost the patient a few dollars and will cure them completely, he makes only the profit from the office visit. But if he prescribes a course of pills that cost hundreds of dollars each and will control but not cure the illness, he will make a lot more money and the patient will have to keep returning for refills. If the pills have terrible side effects, he can prescribe more expensive pills to counteract them, and those pills can cause more side effects that will have to be treated. Many of the people in my senior building take 30 to 40 pills a day.

It is unfortunate that many people still do not understand that neoliberalism kills for profit. That's what it does. And it doesn't matter if you call it neoliberalism, neoconservatism, fascism, or capitalism, if it put profits before people, it will kill people for profit and allow people who it does not consider to be profitable, to die needlessly.

The struggle is against those who value pieces of paper or metal more than human life. Here is where the Nuremberg Principles and international law fall short. Genocide is not the only crime against humanity. To value things more than people is, in and of itself, a crime against humanity, and should be punishable accordingly.

I hope that David's eloquence may reach some of those whose loyalty is to things rather than to humanity, and open their eyes.
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Overall and generally speaking the attitude in Europe at least is to treat the symptom and  not the cause.I have often come to that point with doctors in the past even though the pharma industry advertises everything which we can("should"!)buy  to prevent just about everything!.The pharma industry has a very very strong grip in Britain and the British law makers.

For example the occupation of the officially recognised German trade of"Heilpraktiker"can only be and only is translated by the British as Non Medical Practioner and is in!.A Heilpraktiker(Germany) is a person who has studied alternative medicine and treatment with exams and a  official exam at the end of the study needed in order to be able legally to treat the German public.He/she is not forced by law to work with a traditional mediciner-Doctor unlike in Britain where it is illegal to practice and prescribe alternative medicine- treatment without firstly being registered with a "normal"Traditional Doctor who then needs to agree with the diagnose and treatment of his"alternative colleague"!.And so a German"Heilpraktiker"who in Germany had to study all the basics of traditional medicine and healing as part of this trade before carrying on with learning about the actual alternative medicine and healing is not recognised as a official trade in Britain(and therefore cannot practice independently without the legal bond of a Traditional Doctor.So yes of course this attitude says(knowing the pharma industry powers!)Traditional Doctors their treatment and PRESCRIPTIONS are good whereas Alternative medicine and all it stands for is bad.

A German"Heilpraktiker"learn all about medicinal herbs, its healing and preventative powers,Accupuncture,Feng shui and homopathie and more.There are laws here which restrict the"Heilpraktiker"in their work but as I say they can practice independently from Traditional Doctors and write out prescriptions to patients WHICH THE MEDICAL INSURANCE COMPANIES ACCEPT AND WILL PAY FOR/CONTRIBUTE TO IN PAYMENT(Prescriptions).The German Apotheke(Drug store?)is at least 50 per cent ful of Herbs and herbal medicine whereas in Britain they are trying even to ban the selling of herbal medicine in health food shops and that includes mineral and vitamin supplements.The Pharma Industry is actually even taking over and producing certain herbal medicine but in tab form(and therefore adding god knows what to the herb let alone hardeners to make the Pill forms and pil coating with color)and this of course can be found if your lucky(!!?)in British Chemists(apothekes/drug stores).This is gooing on while alternative herbal manufactures/ products are being eliminated.The EU(forming the EEC)is also in the clutches of big Pharma and they are attempting to clamp down on herbal and alternative medicine.But just as with German beer which since the German purity law of the 16th century which only allows water,Hops,barley and yeast to be used,Germany is Europes big rebel agianst these moves by the EU(European Union with HQ in Brussels).
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:57 am    Post subject: Why I struggle Reply with quote

I commented on this on OPed news, I felt that David did such a powerful and eloquent job of communicating the moment he "turned his back on America." What a heartbreaking moment, and this happens every day in America. What is the value of a life?
I have had the same feeling but could never put a name to it...I think my moment came when I realized that the government was complicit in 9/11...actually I think it was years earlier when the National Guard shot 4 unarmed peaceful protestors to death...In reality, there have been many moments when I re-experienced the experience.
David 's article was excellent.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:42 pm    Post subject: Last but not least... Reply with quote

A  distant English relation of mine in England had half of her Thyroid gland taken out.

The Doctors thereafter prescribed her Warfarin(The Nr one Rat poison!!!!)for a *undefinite period to thin her blood as she is in danger of blood clots!!!.She therefore cant even take a aspirin(or the natural alternative White Willow bark=Salicylic acid)or anything else including herbs which cause the blood to thin!.How ironic!.As her doctor is not educated in alternative herbal medicine he has managed to cause my relation to be too mistrusting and frighteened to get off of the Warfarin and change to the natural alternatives even though she would really like too!.But folks we are living in a world which is using DDT(Foreruner of agent Orange I believe)again to fight of Mosquitoes in Africa by puting it in the water-so whats the big deal with giveing humans rat poison to prevent blood clots!!!.

Most Patients look up to Doctors rather like a bit of a "Child-parent" relationship understandably perhaps as they have to rely on the competence and expertise his title declares him of having(Also having sworn the "H" oath)The Wonder herb "Jiaogulan"and Gingko would do the trick.

But this is a classic example how the domino principal takes effect.Big Pharma spends and invests in marketing more so than on research.The government lends certain Big Pharma Money.The government therefore has a "personal "interest to manipulate the general public to trust in the Chemical medicine of Big Pharma.Doctors get benefits from Big Pharma.The medicinal Universities are full of Profs and teachers who have signed their souls to big Pharma!.So eventualy and slowly but surely the demand is being caused to meet the supply!!!.

Interesting that in the packets of most Traditional medicine there is always a endless list(has to be there by law) of possible side effects,warnings and dangers which often leave the patients wondering if its worth curing the one thing only to contract the other(i.e headache cured..hair falls out!!).
I really must finally get round to watching M Moores film Sicko!.

*If I have understood correctly once a patient starts using Warfarin its too dangerous to ever again take the patient off of it!.So say goodbye to your Kidneys and Liver one day but at least you didnt get a blood clot!.Great thing Trad medicine for sure!.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:13 pm    Post subject: Healthcare Reply with quote

While it was not what I had originally thought was the central theme, I have found it rather interesting that so many focused on what my article says about healthcare.

Mark, in respect to Mexican medicine, I was once hospitalized in Venezuela.  No insurance, and not a national, my entire bill, including medication, was actually slightly less than $100 USD, and the quality of care I received was actually higher.  This is less than the itemized cost of the waiting room blanket in a typical U.S. hospital visit, and it is shocking to realize it that way.
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The focus of the comments is partially due to the fact that health care is an emotional issue which you brought home with a powerful example, but may also be due in part to the fact that I used that paragraph for my excerpt above, David.

Now that people have had an opportunity to view it on the site (which increases its popularity rating and attracts more readers), here is David's complete essay:

Why I Struggle
by David Alexander

Some thoughts on our shared struggle for basic human dignity in this "thing" called America.

Many people speak of the struggle, but I think many do not appreciate or truly understand what it is about. Some struggle in their own specific cause and yet do not fully appreciate what their own struggle is about, let alone how it relates to the struggle that does I feel relates to us all. One of the few I have found who both understand and can express it well is Russell Means, who I sometimes fear is this continents last remaining revolutionary.

I have found that I have many interesting and surprisingly profound discussions with Russell, and often it is in the shortest things that he says which require the greatest thought and consideration. Hence, it was his choice of describing the Lakotah struggle as that of recognition as human beings that made me think more deeply on how all our struggles do relate. My response to him was a rather honest one, in that how can they recognize the Lakotah as human beings when the invasive species does not even recognize or treat each other as such. But I think most people know or can determine why Russell Means understands such things while I think few even here really know or understand why I would choose to be so involved in the struggle. So I thought it was a time to finally say something about what it has meant for me personally.

As only a very few here I think already know, in the early 80’s I came to live on the streets of Chicago, and in fact places like Robert Tailor Homes and Cabrini Green are familiar to me, if only because they were too expensive for people in our community to live in. With no jobs, no families, we mostly survived in the then abandoned buildings around printer row and similar places along the fringe of the financial district. While partially blind, I could still see the hard looks people gave us when we moved from place to place, while at the same time concerned that should we somehow get ahead, that it would somehow mean they are less advantaged. That is the lesson, as I believe I have said here before, that I learned about people on those steets, but there was one other lesson I learned while living on those streets which I have never discussed before.

The other lesson I learned was love, and my first true lover. Not the girl you grope and screw in high school, but the one you may wish to spend your life with. And with all the deprivations, with that, I found it worth surviving on those streets. However, when I had found a chance to escape that life, she had refused to come with. She did not wish to leave the life, the place, the people, that she was familiar with. And so, I made that choice alone, and when I left those streets, that door and that entire life closed with my departure. With no phone or fixed address, there was of course no way to find or keep in contact with her, especially being far away. However, there were a few people I still knew who lived in the area who did have the means to reach me even if rather late.

It was, rather ironically as it turns out, while I myself was in the hospital recovering from pneumonia in 2004, that I had learned of her passing several days earlier. She had went to the hospital with a 105 fever, and, as it seems common for how people with no medical insurance or means to pay are treated in our “for profit” medical system and hospitals where the Hippocratic oath has become the hypocrites oath, was sent immediately back out onto the streets with a prescription she had no means to fill to avoid unnecessary costs to the hospital. She had died that very night. As did my interest in being in any way part of this “thing”, this abomination called America.

I know many people now are speaking about how a manufactured crisis is being used to loot the American public. But that people relate this way to each other in America does not surprise me. That people see others misfortunes as their own opportunity has become irrelevant, just as who is the next president, has no meaning at all. Just as I closed the door on the streets so long ago, that night I closed the door on America. My chosen way is that of freedom, not occupation by and slavery to the meme of Rome reborn from a colonization of the western mind and re-made whole in the invasion and colonization of this once free continent.

Freedom, a chance to live as free human beings, means that this “thing” called America, as presently formulated, must clearly be abolished. In it’s place I dream of something new, of a continent, filled with free people living in free and friendly nations, of people living not at the expense of others, where the needs of the many are sacrificed for the greed of a few and people are allowed to openly die on the streets because they are not “important”, because most lives are not as relevant as the few, but respecting and treating each other, everyone, as human beings with worth and value not measured in class and currency. Or, as my friend the Italian physicist Stefano Barale would say, “where every human being is important, where every human life matters, not just some.” This once existed on our Turtle Island, and I wish to see it restored for those who will live in this place after us. Beneath the banner of no nation, but only that of a vision for a once-again free Turtle Island, is what I do choose to struggle for.

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Clearly your focus is on much more than just health care, David, but you do hammer home the point that without health care there is little dignity and often no possibility of life.

Our Declaration of Independence spoke of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, but the United States has interpreted happiness to mean money, liberty to mean torture, and never bothered to ensure the basic economic necessities of life. Indeed the United States appears to believe that economic human rights are a socialist or terrorist threat to corporate profits.

Those who are not in the struggle for human rights and dignity, do not see themselves as inextricably linked to humanity, but as superior and apart. They believe that it is money which makes them superior, so the sooner the dollar economy crumbles, the sooner there will be a possibility that they may become rehumanized or perish.

While the loss of the least among us should be mourned by all, the loss of those who have set themselves above us should be mourned by none, for they themselves have made it clear that they are not a part of humanity.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 5:43 am    Post subject: Thoughts Reply with quote

First, Alexander is my middle name Smilie_PDT.

Also, I think issues such as heathcare, education, social justice, and human freedom, cannot be solved or even effectively addressed in any true long term sense until first the underlying foundations and purpose of society is corrected.  You cannot for example successfully graft a humane healthcare system on top of a society that lacks basic human dignity or that rewards and promotes inequality and sociopathic behavior at it's foundation.  That is why I feel healthcare is actually a secondary issue or symptom or example, and not a central issue in my article.

You are correct, human freedom and dignity is a fundimental threat to the sociopathic system of greed, and it's representation, most commonly expressed through corporate profits.  I am proud to be a threat to such a monstrous thing, and simply wish I truly were able to be even more, or a more effective, threat to it.  Words like terrorism are used to transfer the exclusive enemy of the sociopathic wealthy, whether so often landless peasants or industrial workers organizing for basic rights, into the enemy of the state.

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