Deepak Chopra, MD - Healthcare Reform: Lets Face the Truth
Healthcare Reform: Lets Face the Truth – Part 1 of 2
Healthcare Reform: Lets Face the Truth – Part 2 of 2
Economically unstable, and on another note, horribly immoral. The insurance companies you think would be banished from talk and conversation.
But apparently, they just aren’t.
And one of the rare times I watched CNN in a while, thanks to you.
Dr. ChopraThank you, for this video.I learned a great deal by watching it and I will be passing this around to my friends and family to better educate them on this extremely important subject.I also want to let you know I am one of the 75,320 people that follow you on twitter and look forward to reading the different quotes, insights and inspirations.I am glad to have you in my world.
Thanks for the informative comments Dr. Chopra! Thank you for acknowledging the scare tactics and mis-information; designed to keep people frozen in place; like a deer in the headlights. Death panels? Really? Give me a break! Aren’t people already dying as a result of being overcharged, under-insured, and mistreated? Anyway, thanks again Dr. Chopra, I will be watching tonight on CNN!
Thanks for so flawlessly sharing your views on health care. I agree completely. I have been taking care of my own health for all of my life (61+years). I take no medications and no screening tests. I meditate, listen to my body, and choose my diet and supplements. I am not a wealthy person and would like to have an option for liability for my health care if I should need some major intervention. I refuse to support the insurance industry. A non-profit option with just the basics would be my choice.
I will share this; people in your country need education on the facts. As a Canadian, I pity the many in USA who suffer needlessly, must pay for care, yet are brow-beaten by fear of change. Our “free” system in Canada has its flaws, but saves many lives and allows all children, all poor, all marginalized, all people to have access to a basic right: health care. Many problems int he USA are not “in spite” of being a rich country but BECAUSE of it. Special interests and Lobbyists–millions wasted– so so sad. I wish you all well and hope Obama, the great leader that he is, manages to lead his people through this.@miridunn.
Hi Dr. Chopra. Since you are deep into the subject of emotional healing I thought you might be interested in this short message on a way of instilling more caring into our democratic societies. This very brief message pertains to government services. I just like to get the idea out there that there is a way that many difficult problems that exist in Democratic Countries might be solved. Two particular ones that the U.S is presently facing is Health Care and the non-ending one on Education.
Mr. Obama touched on one problem with Government-run services when he mentioned the Postal Service in his town hall meeting on Aug. 11/09 at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Whether the problems of delivery of Govt. Services are as bad as the public thinks them to be or whether in reality they are, certainly the public has the perception that Government cannot efficiently deliver them; this is what President Obama referred to and is one of the problems that continually now arise during the Health Care debate.
What I am about to say on this involved problem of government services, I think, has a simple solution. I think you might even agree it has some merit.
What is wrong with democratic government is nothing in theory; it is in the delivery of it to the people it serves. THERE IS NOT ENOUGH DEMOCRACY IN THE DELIVERANCE OF IT and it loses touch with its citizens. My solution proposes a NEW IDEA – ALLOW THE CIVIL SERVICE AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT TO ELECT THEIR MANAGER, and perhaps in time their supervisor, at all levels of the bureaucracy. This manager will have to run for re-election each time there is a general election at large at that government level. Whenever a citizen then has contact with a government official they will know that s/he has some people skills, not of least of which will be empathy and that citizen ultimately will be able to reach an elected (caring) local official should they wish. And just imagine the hundreds of thousands of more caring and responsible citizens that would be in society amongst us.
On such a broad subject this could become quite lengthy. If you wish to read this at greater depth I have a short discussion on this at http://way.to/Education. This principal of electing your manager in the civil service is applied to Public Education but could just as easily be applied to all government services including the present public discussion of Health Care.Thank you, Leslie
thank you so much Deepak. To hear fact from a doctor is so important.Of key impact you’ve added to the debate:1. 20% spent on health care? WOW! What is the specific number and from who? Is it 20% of GDP? What is it projected to be in 10 years?2. $1.4M spent on lobbyists. Americans don’t realize how government actually works. Maybe someone could do a documentary, or investigative news on how lobbyists are pressure congress people.
Unfortunately, as a Democrat, I think we democrats are too wordy, to intellectual in our debates. We must be more human:1. people decide with emotions, not data. Any good salesman knows this. Democrats need to make this a more emotional issue, with simple single emotional words. This is why the Republicans can sell wars that no one wants or expensive heath care people won’t question.2. a human in apathy can’t hear anything higher vibrationally than fear or anger. Probably 80% of Americans are in apathy right now. Depression is out of control. So Americans can hear fear and anger only. Not platitudes and “hope”. They need to know what to fear and get angry about so they can rise up from apathy, then be lead into contribution.
The base already gets that the system is about to collapse. Now we must explain it to our neighbors that don’t hear facts.
If we can’t say it in a sentence, no, a word, our apathetic populace won’t hear it.
Seems this health care debate again reflects Upton Sinclair noticing: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”
Consciousness can understand how it is wrong to pay $350/hr for a psychiatrist to write a prescription for an anti-depressant that is slightly better than a sugar pill and may have one commit suicide. But if we do the right thing, stop paying for these “treatments”, the psychiatrists will be out of a job. And thus happens in all of medicine. Of course they don’t want government reviewing what is paid for. What will they do for work? The doctor cannot see the problem if it means he will starve. His survival depends on being blind.
Deepak, you were able to make the transition from a great income as an MD and passion for healing over into a more a lucrative profession of maintaining and increasing health. I believe, unless other doctors, drug manufacturers, medical procedure companies, etc. find a way new to make more money, they will of course stay blind. It’s the cigarette problem. We can’t ban them because too many jobs are at stake, so we support an industry of addiction, disease, and death. Same with fast food & oil.
This is why government (the people) must pass laws. Economics alone does not create enlightenment or reveal truth. Profit often creates blindness, whether in the mafia or a corporate jet.
Great information…thanks for the stats that I knew existed but did not have access to…changing one’s lifestyle has alot to do with health..including building social networks, viable communities and including walking and bike paths…thanks for this insertion in to the debate…
and thanks for the supportive work against enabling Hollywood docs..it was an eye-opener..I never realized how the role of one-on-one physician is promotes codependency and is destructive for both the patient and the doctor.
Too bad it is too late for Michael…thank you again.
Great post. Nice blog design also, troubling to see your RSS feed though :S
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