|Fundamental MedicineTeresa Gryder, ND
Speaking of mixed feelings.... I learned today that the penalty for not participating will be $95. That's only $15 more than a Portland Parking ticket. Of course, there is the possibility that decent care might result from being covered within this system. But not necessarily. I have a deep distrust, and dislike, of health insurance and what it has done to healthcare in America. Mandating health insurance is... un-American. Letting health insurance control what care is given and to whom is no better than socialized medicine. It simply puts the power in the hands of megacorporations that are already mixed up with our government. And it requires that everyone's personal health information go into an electronic medical record, supposedly to improve care, but potentially useful for other projects. If the government would decide what care to provide based on what has the best outcomes for the most people, I would be less opposed to that. It's not a simple situation, that much is for certain. The best answer is just as the bumpersticker says: don't get sick.
Author: Teresa Gryder
Integrative Physician and Student of Life, Medicine, and the River.