The Millennial Homemaker

The musings of a Stay at Home Mom

My View on Health Care Reform

This is what I wrote to a dear friend of mine… whom we have to chosen to “agree to disagree” and still love each other as friends.

Yes, I do agree, the whole system needs to change, but unfortunately, I don’t agree with the step toward more federal governmental control and ultimately a step toward socialism. In a perfect world, socialism would be the ideal form of government. But, our country was founded on the principles on independence and freedom from government-led tyranny.  Our founding fathers wanted us to be free. Now, our capitalistic society is dying a slow, painful death, with one government-led takeover at a time.

I do believe we will see a drastic change in our health care reform, but it’s only going to bankrupt the US and there will be no future for anything else (no social security, no more capitalism, no more cash – yes, we will be a cashless society one day, mark my word). These changes are not new in my worldview, but I was hoping for a little more time to enjoy the American freedoms we so take for granted.

I’m not a political expert, but I do know that those who are in Washington DO NOT have our best interest at heart. I cannot honestly remember a time where our politicians were clean-cut, filled with integrity, and had the best interest in the people. The term “crooked politician” is quite accurate and not just a catchy phrase. But, how do we change the political scene? Some of the politicians who voted on this bill will not be alive in the next 20 years to see the damage it will cause our nation.

Yes, there are people who are prone to illnesses that are not by their own accord, but according to the research and literature I read, 50% of all cancer and other diseases could be eradicated by consistent exercise and diet changes. But, how many people will take the hard road? How many will give up their coffee, their cigarettes, their alcohol, their overeating binges, their addictions to drugs, their laziness?

I was appalled when I saw the level of junk food that was offered by the hospital yesterday!! I am on a mini-detox right now, eliminating sugar, breads, pasta, and even dairy and fruit (for a little while), so I can get my internal system recharged. I could not eat one, damn thing out of that machine or in the cafeteria last night. I was so hungry that I broke down and had some teriyaki beef and white rice. I don’t know what the sauce was made out of, but I’m pretty sure it was full of preservatives! Plus, white rice… come on… what about healthier brown rice.

The bottom line is that my illness with MRSA has made me realize how broken our health care system is, but it’s going to take more than just a 2000 page bill to change it. It really comes down to the individual. We can change community programs, and reform the grand scheme until we are blue in the face, but the bottom line is the individual. Each person should have the choice to live a healthier life, and not rely on some government-funded system to keep them “well enough” to get by. I don’t want to survive; I want to thrive!!!

Also, I don’t like the government forcing us to pay a fine for the 6% who will not be covered. Who are those 6% gonna be? They say it’s the undocumented immigrants, but that’s just their guess.

I am not afraid, I am pissed. I am sad. I am disgruntled. I’d rather have no insurance, and focus on prevention through my chiropractor, than to be covered, be told who to see, limit my rights and freedoms, and be accountable to “big brother.” All those stories I read in High School about the fictitious future are coming true… one by one.

I know I cannot convince you to change your mind, just as you won’t be able to change my mind. I just hope that our children won’t suffer too much. I’ve already seen the “skimping treatment” that my pediatrician does to my kids because they have AHCCCS coverage. I am still half-tempted to take them off and get them on my private insurance while I have it. My pediatrician will only do the bare minimum when we go to see him. I cannot even get a recommendation for my son for a CT scan of his head, just to see how his brain is growing since his accident 10 years ago. All because of state-funded insurance. Can you imagine what we are NOT going to receive in care because of federal insurance?

That’s what we should fear… the wait list for true help. The rationing of care… the survival of the fittest (and only the fittest will truly survive the longest). If the government could focus more dollars on prevention, maybe I would listen. But, they are just shuffling the pile – the “rob Peter to pay Paul” scenario – to have more people stuck in a system of perpetual pain and suffering. But, gosh darn it, they’ll be covered!

Well, that’s my mantra. That’s what I believe. Our country is no longer the same as it was in its foundation. I’m not just talking about political parties or religious bents. I’m talking about true character… honesty, integrity, care for others, living frugally.

I no longer consider myself a Republican. I choose to not align with any party because of all the deceit. I will be a revolutionary patriot until my dying breath. If I have to hang at the stake for my beliefs, I will hang. I am not afraid to stand up for what I believe.

I hope this helps you understand me a little better. I don’t know if I have a gift of healing, but I know have a gift of compassion. I love others because I know that we are all special creations from God. But, that’s a whole other mantra…

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The “F” Words of My Life

I came across a piece of paper that I had typed a few years ago… long before Facebook, long before Blogging. There are some “F” words that have significance in my life. Here is what I wrote:

FAMILYThis delicate word indicates many pictures of various lifestyles over time, but for us, we are defined as a large family. We would never imagine our lives in a different way, and our family dynamic is the foundation for our journey. Strength comes in numbers, and our family of six needs each other whether we feel like it or not. Humans were not designed to be alone. I know I crave some ‘alone’ time each day, but we still need the warm bodies around us to know we are loved and appreciated.

FRIENDS – The fair-weathered friend actually exists in Arizona. We have noticed that the longer we extend our roots in the dry, rocky soil of the Phoenix valley, we actually see the similarity between our human relationships and the plants that grow here. We have made some friends quickly, but the relationships only survive when the environmental conditions are fair. If it is too hot or too cold in Arizona many plants will either wilt in the melting sun or be damaged by the frost. They need water, shade, a blanket, nourishing soil, or just some regular TLC in order to survive. Do you know of any friends that can survive without these basic needs?

FINANCES – Okay, we all know that the world should not revolve around the love of money. But, as our current society demands this form of bartering, we all focus on this subject in one way or another. We love it, we hate it, love to hate it, or just spend it (and regret it)! It’s a man-made tool that causes such extreme emotions. If we have too much of it (does anyone have too much?) then we can become arrogant and a magnet to the needy. If we have too little of it, then we can become worried, frightened, and greedy – and people start to keep a nice distance. Money in extreme circumstances either creates or destroys the life we desire to have.

FUTURE – Each new day comes faster than the day before! Didn’t someone write a song about this? What does the future hold for us? Where would we like to be in one year, five years, or 20 years from now? All I know is that the past shows all of our mistakes, our decisions, and our unfinished business. Can we really predict the future? We cannot foresee every step, but we can assure ourselves a nice path to our ultimate destination through small faith-based steps and a little bit of planning. But, who knows, all the planning in the world will never guarantee a trial-free life. We grow stronger from our bumps and bruises – so hang on for a bumpy ride.

FAITH – It is the opposite of FEAR. And, whatever happened to the word ‘religion’? It’s an archaic word now, and ‘faith’ has replaced its predecessor to compete in a politically-correct society. Our family’s faith is both individual and symbiotic. We teach our children to have faith in God so they can be assured that there is hope in this life and the life to come. I would probably be dead today if it wasn’t for my faith in God. I try to make every day, every breath count for the many blessings I have received. Have you stopped to thank the Creator today for your life?

It’s amazing how these words have remained the same in my mind since I first wrote them down. They are the essence of my life. They are encouraging; they are real. They give meaning to the FOUNDATION of what I believe. These words do not FAIL.

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Going Green?

There is a cute little frog that used to say, “it’s not easy being green.” The month of March celebrates a green shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day. The industrialized society is promoting the idea of “going green” in order to save the Earth. Green means money, green means jealousy, green means “the other side is better”, green can mean “lust” to some people. Green is a street light that means “go.” Green is ambiguous. It can be interpreted in so many ways. I agree with that little frog.

Hey, I’m all about conservation. I like to recycle. I like to study history about holidays. I like to watch old movies about the little green frog and his pink piggy girlfriend. I enjoy the green days of spring.

But, the most important thing that puts “green” in the forefront of my mind is healthy eating. It seems that a nice, big garden salad, full of dark green leaves, broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, purple cabbage, carrots, tossed with a homemade olive oil/basalmic vinegar dressing just fills me up! I could eat the healthy foods all the time! But, why is it so hard to stick to such a regimen? There are many reasons, but mainly it’s a personal choice.

Before you tune me out, please listen. I am just learning about eating “whole” foods. Foods that have been grown organically; foods that have not been altered to live a lifetime on a pantry shelf. Foods that are healing to the cells. Food that is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for staying alive. I haven’t known about this new way of thinking and living for a long time. But, it’s time now. Time to say goodbye to the bad, processed foods.

My mindset has changed a bit about going green. It is no longer focused on saving the planet (although that’s always a good idea). It is focused on saving my body from years of chronic pain, disease, and early death. But, I am not only focused on healing my body. I encourage you to focus on your body, too. What are you putting in your mouth?

Are you ready to go green?

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