Originally published November 5 2008
Can Obama's Win Lead to Meaningful Health Care Reform? 13 Urgent Suggestions for a Healthy USA
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
(NaturalNews) In an astonishing turn of events for a nation that seemed headed for certain economic destruction just weeks ago, Americans overwhelmingly chose Democratic candidates in yesterday's elections, selecting Obama as the next U.S. President and securing Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate. While virtually the entire world is now celebrating the close of the era of Bush tyranny, the question that's on everyone's mind today is: Ok, now what?
For starters, in the last eight years, President George W. Bush has managed to leave behind a God-awful mess. The nation is embroiled in two wars, a cascading banking crisis, out-of-control debt spending, an unprecedented health care crisis, an environmental mess and an international relations reputation that's downright disastrous. Its economy is in serious trouble, its manufacturing base is all but gutted, and its citizens are far less free today than they were eight years ago, thanks to the ill-named Patriot Act and all the fear mongering that followed 9/11.
Is Obama being set up?Any person thinking they can waltz into the White House and fix these issues needs to have their head examined. In fact, it's not unreasonable to wonder if the half-dozen or so men who actually control the world have allowed Obama to win this election in order to have a convenient scapegoat for upcoming economic disasters. What better way to discredit the very idea of a black President than to make sure the Titanic starts sinking under his watch?
Of course, that's the conspiracy theory viewpoint on all this. The Optimists Club viewpoint says that Obama will solve real problems for our nation. And while I could write an entire article on the justified skepticism about any one President being able get much of anything done in our present political environment, in the spirit of positive change, I'm going to focus instead on offering suggestions for how we can revolutionize our national health care system under an Obama presidency.
The days of Big Pharma dominance may be endingLet's start with some good news: The days of Big Pharma's dominance over Washington may be coming to an end. No more drug companies ripping off the taxpayers thanks to a Bush-approved Medicare bill that made it illegal for the U.S. government to negotiate volume discounts with Big Pharma. An Obama presidency will stick it to Big Pharma and work to help lower the cost of prescription drugs for consumers. (But that's not really a health care solution. It's just making dangerous drugs cheaper.)
You can also say goodbye to any kind of ridiculous pre-emption ruling that would grant Big Pharma blanket immunity against claims by victims who are harmed by their dangerous products. An Obama presidency will very likely see the passage of laws reinstating the rights of consumers to sue companies who sell them dangerous products, even when they're approved by the corrupt, fraudulent U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Here's an important question: Could an Obama presidency prioritize meaningful FDA reform and the restoration of health freedoms for all Americans?
Without question, there's more chance of this happening under Obama than McCain, but let's also remember that Big Pharma is all of a sudden funneling tens of millions of dollars into the pockets of Democrats, and there's one simple truth about Washington that transcends all political parties: Money buys influence.
And Big Pharma has more money than you can imagine (thanks, in part, to the Bush-sponsored Big Pharma ripoff of America over the last eight years).
Thirteen suggestions for positive change on health and health careSo what can Obama really do to revolutionize health care in America and slash the disastrous health care costs now devastating our national economy? Here are my 13 suggestions on revolutionary actions that could make a lasting, positive impact on the future of health care in the United States of America.
#1 Launch a national health insurance program that covers all citizens
Having 45 million Americans walking the streets without health insurance is an embarrassment. We need a simple, national health insurance program that provides basic coverage to everyone. That's for starters. From there, we can get into nutrition, disease prevention, natural health and other subjects.
#2 Allow naturopathic health practitioners to treat patients (and get paid for it)
It's time to end the ridiculous monopoly on health insurance collections by drug-wielding doctors and oncologists. Why shouldn't health insurance cover chiropractors, herbalists, naturopaths, bodywork practitioners and other providers of the healing arts? It's time to end the AMA monopoly and embrace the future of medicine.
#3 Ban junk food and soda advertising
As much as I believe in Free Speech, I don't support it when it's commercial speech funded by wealthy corporations whose products harm our children, promoting obesity, diabetes, heart disease and mental disorders. ALL advertising of junk foods, sodas and other non-nutritional foods and beverages should be permanently banned. Sure, they can still sell cola that causes diabetes and obesity; they just can't advertise it anywhere.
#4 Legalize stevia; outlaw aspartame
Stevia is a safe, non-caloric herb that sweetens foods and beverages without adding any sugar or artificial chemicals. It's legal just about everywhere in the world other than America, where the FDA has kept it outlawed in order to protect aspartame profits (a crime engineered by none other than Donald Rumsfeld).
#5 End FDA tyranny over health supplements
The FDA has censored the free speech of health supplements for so long that people have virtually forgotten what it even looks like. Ending FDA tyranny and censorship would allow supplement companies to tell the truth about the scientifically-validated health benefits of their products.
#6 End Direct-To-Consumer drug advertising
DTC drug advertisements have no medical justification whatsoever. They exist for one reason: To spread false information about fictitious diseases (disease mongering) so that more people buy more drugs they don't need. Ending drug ads would save billions of dollars and thousands of lives each year.
#7 Clean house at the FDA and USDA
The FDA is staffed largely with white-collar criminals who used to work for drug companies. That's why the agency is so blatantly corrupt, routinely making decisions that betray the American public. It's time to clean house at the FDA and fire (or arrest) the offending decision makers at the top who have engaged in such destructive actions against the American people.
#8 Tell the truth about anti-cancer nutrients in public service announcements
Want to prevent cancer in America? Nearly 4 out of 5 cancers can be prevented with Vitamin D alone, and this is especially true among men and women with dark skin color. But the cancer industry remains silent on this issue, preferring to keep black men and women nutritionally illiterate (like in the slave days, remember?) rather than allowing them to read and learn the truth about how they could be empowered with free nutrients that can prevent and even reverse cancer.
The cancer industry is an industry of immense evil, operated much like the Bush Administration's war-mongering machine, keeping people trapped in fear and false information while destroying their health and lives. It's time to stop the cancer industry crimes against humanity and tell the truth about Vitamin D and other anti-cancer nutrients.
#9 Provide free nutritional supplements to the entire population
There are some things that taxpayers should always fund for the next generation: Education, environmental protection and the gift of nutritional supplements. ALL young women of child-bearing age should be on prenatal supplements. Providing taxpayer-funded multivitamins and multi-mineral supplements to the population is the single greatest investment any nation can make in its health. If the supplement is made with quality ingredients and not the usual low-cost multivitamin garbage (like synthetic vitamins), it could greatly enhance health, reduce disease and slash health care spending costs in just a few months. Get 100 million people taking resveratrol and you'll see a huge drop in heart disease and cancer. And that's from a single supplement! (Imagine if they all took Moxxor, too... Wow!)
#10 Ban the poison from the food supply!
All the following ingredients should be outright banned because they are poison: MSG, yeast extract, aspartame, sodium nitrite, partially-hydrogenated oils, artificial coloring chemicals, saccharin (and other chemical sweeteners), processed salt, processed sugar and processed white flour. Natural alternatives exist for all these ingredients.
#11 Cancel all patents on genes and medicines
Medicine should exist for the public good, not for private profit. It is the endless quest for pharmaceutical profits that has turned the industry of medicine into a raging monstrosity of fraudulent science and deceptive marketing. Ending the patent protection on medicines would unleash a new era of natural substances being made available that are safer, more affordable and far more effective than prescription drugs. More than 95% of all prescription drugs can be directly replaced with medicinal foods, herbs or nutritional supplements, saving the nation trillions of dollars and ending the tyranny of Big Pharma and the FDA.
#12 Restore health freedoms to America
Vaccination programs should never be enforced at gunpoint in a free society. Nor should chemotherapy be forcefully injected into someone shackled with handcuffs. Yet these things are happening in America right now (Maryland, New Jersey, etc.). It's time to restore health freedoms in America and return to the People the right to choose what medical treatments they wish to accept for themselves and their children. Freedom cannot be administered at gunpoint! Mandatory vaccination programs should be immediately halted, including the ridiculous HPV vaccine programs which were nothing more than clever fear-mongering and profit-taking.
#13 End the drugging of our children with psychiatric drugs
It's time to end the horror of our children being mass-medicated with dangerous psychiatric drugs that cause violent behavior, suicides and school shootings. The industry of psychiatry is literally run by madmen who have been drugging our children with dangerous amphetamines. ADHD is entirely made up by Big Pharma to sell more drugs. This chemical holocaust against our children must be brought to an end.
But what about prevention?Obama says he's for investing in "preventative" health care, but as NaturalNews readers know very well, that's just a code word for an agenda of mass mammography, mandatory vaccinations and mental health screening that will only result in yet more people being harmed and killed by conventional medicine.
Nowhere in Obama's health care platform does he talk about nutritional cures for disease, health freedom or restoring companies' free speech rights to talk about the benefits of nutritional supplements. If we hope for the Obama administration to pursue any meaningful reforms in the area of health, we are going to have to educate Democrats about natural health, the cancer industry, the FDA and the promise of natural medicines for ending these epidemics of degenerative diseases -- almost all of which are preventable.
Using the information we know right now, we could eliminate 90% or more of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity, Alzheimer's disease, kidney stones, depression, asthma, skin disorders and much more.
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With the Bush criminals out of the White House, we may very well have a unique opportunity to get some pro-health legislation passed in America. But it will take a lot of effort, intention and hard work to make it happen. Remember: Big Pharma is funding Democrats now, hoping to buy their influence with drug money. We have to counter that destructive influence with positive, truthful information about the natural health solutions available right now that could revolutionize the future of health care in our nation.
While Obama's election doesn't guarantee any of this will be successful, we at least now have a chance. I say we use it to create the greatest good possible. Let's use this opportunity to restore health, freedom and nutritional literacy to the People. Let's take back this power from the corporations, the bureaucrats and the professional criminals who have occupied Washington for the last eight years. It's time to give America back to the People who have suffered so long under the oppression and tyranny of the Bush-supported FDA and the scandalous medical industry.
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