An Alternative funding source for Medicaid/Medicare

Premise: Part of the problems of healthcare may be an increase in chronically ill individuals due to age and environment per capital. Due to an increase in population in a context of an increasingly toxic environment health problems have significantly increased. Using the reductive methods of the scientific method without common sense the effect of the environment as a major contribution to chronic disease can always be debated. Common sense follows that ignorant and non-ignorant corporate greed has created a general environment where toxicity has increased directly and indirectly. If we accept that corporations have wittingly or unwittingly contributed to a toxic world over the past 50 to 60 years then we can conclude that they are directly or indirectly accountable for support the health of the citizens.
Actions: The EPA has been the policing agents for corporate polluters. However corporations have not been held accountable for contributing to an environment whose toxicity has created significant health detriments to people, animals Eco-systems and Earth.

Two actions are required. Stop contributing toxins to the environment and pay for healthcare for those that cannot afford health care.
A healthcare tax on corporations could fund Medicaid and Medicare and provide an incentive for ceasing actions that contribute to making a toxic environment.

Embodying The Future

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Preparation

In 1984 I experienced a number of transformative experiences that by ordinary criteria were very odd.

In my dreams over the course of a week and a half I had had experiences of lying down and becoming the surface of the earth. The first was from my home in Northern California to New Orleans, the second to off the east coast of Florida. The third was at the eastern shores of Africa, the fourth was the Arabian Sea near Kenya and the fifth was the Indian Ocean. On the sixth night my head was in Sonoma and my feet off the east coast of Australia near New Zealand. My body was Earth – at least the surface anyway.

Next I felt my feet and ankles in Uranium mines in Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.[1] When my feet and ankles were in Arizona a council of four to seven Navajo Elders appeared to me [at the time of the dream I recognized them as Indigenous peoples of the aforementioned states above]. For three nights of dreams they regarded me without speaking. I didn’t speak either. On the fourth night the asked me if I would help heal the earth where the Uranium mines was – mostly in Arizona. I agreed.

Seven years later the 1984 dreams seem related to one of a number of skin conditions.

The way of Being is a way of understanding future while eliminating “future events” and the need for any future at all.

Initially I pursued Allopathic Medicine (the AMA) for a solution. I tried homeopathic next and it ultimately worked. On the distal side of my right ankle there was a mound about 3.5 inches long and 1.5 inches wide and .5 inches high that resembled Ayers Rock / Uluru in Australia. It wept and itched constantly. At night I’d put band-aides over my fingernails to refrain from scratching. It occurred to me that this might have been a metaphorical result of having my ankles in Uranium mines in the dreamtime of 1984.

The Future is Inside of Me

I don’t even know how to write about this that makes any sense. First I opened myself to remember an experience I had had in November of 2001 see: https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/remembering-the-future/ “Traveling” to a future to the beginning of the formation of the planet and further “back”.

Presently catalysts have begun to appear to trigger more details of a future I feel is coming into being. Many people are hungry for a future that feels secure – a future based on the security of a known present, events, relationships and experiences transplanted into a utopian reality that is easily recognized as familiar experiences with cool tech. That kind of future is based on what is already knowable and belongs to a finite linear reality that is hard-wired into our prefrontal cortex and limbic systems. It belongs to ego and language. It has a “me” and a “not me”. It has beginnings, middles and ends and is a finite closed loop that our ego finds safe. The future I feel within is vastly different and unrecognizable by our present standards.

Being is not so easy to describe without losing it’s meaning in the linear based reality of language and ego, but it’s a starting place. The way of Being is a way of understanding future while eliminating “future events” and the need for any future at all. Being time is now where the past are memories of pasts existing in our present. Futures are unfulfilled memories (based on content), expectations, probabilities, possibilities, anticipations and the like that are projections that exist in the present. Everything is happening right now.

Being is a state of consciousness that has no attachment to relationships, events, possessions and the like. Being is consciousness.

All work is based on community exchange where money does not exist.

Eventually the state of Being gets interpreted by ego which in-turn analyzes associations based on emotion and conjectures something in a linear based future. I believe that taking political actions from a progressive base is a way of co-creating the future with others and that this action has instigated an organic spiritual being of the future to join with my corporeal body to support this future.

We have come to regard the past – beyond written history as primitive because of an assumption based on technology and the threads of human evolution. We live powerlessly in wild hopes or dismal fears of a future due to assumptions we make about “the past” and “the future” instead of learning to grow in our Being in an all encompassing Present. Consciousness when anchored to time evolves through history as a spiral returning to its starting point. Go far enough into the past or the future and arrive at your starting place in the present.[2]

Its not quite the starting place in the present if Being has evolved. Being exists both in the world of time and outside of time. When I work on growing Being in myself time begins to pop-out and Being connects with the Cosmic Consciousness that exists beyond time. The spiral of time enters a higher octave due to an expansion of consciousness.

Impressions of this future (not necessarily based in a linear time-space continuum and could emerge all at once):

~ The seed of oneness returns and as a result the connective tissue being all beings is uncovered and deeply experienced as a positive regard or love between all beings.

~ People think in complete thoughtforms.[3]

~ All work is based on community exchange where money does not exist. [This seems like a nice fantasy but difficult to imagine – no banks, no stock exchange, no cash in my wallet or purse, no credit cards, etc. ] [4]

~ What I do for or to another I do for or to myself with immediate consequences that are reflected positively, neutrally, or negatively. This happens now but not on a global scale not with all communities everywhere. [This makes oppression impossible. Fears diminish significantly.]

~ Work is done for pleasure and the desire to learn and enrich others and our selves.

As technology evolves the future of work as we know it is diminishing. Climate Change requires that we work together in community to resolve a problem that is an imminent threat for the survival of the human species.

This Being of the Future within me is growing and evolving. When I am connected with this Being forces of her/his energy get pumped out through my limbs to the world at large. This is a work in progress with updates to chronicle the Being within me that helps me and us all to embody the future.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranium_mining_and_the_Navajo_people

[2] http://imgur.com/gallery/MFRSpU6

[3] https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2016/10/02/an-intuitive-look-at-thoughtforms/

[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3EzoR9DUC0

Health Care as a Right

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Caring for health both as humans and as a planet with all the beings and all the elements of the planet does not seem to enter into our thoughts about health care. Some have thought about the health of the planet, but a healthy planet is not considered a part of health care policy. Our health and the planet’s health are divorced from one another and that seems unnatural and dangerous. Much of the literature – on-line about health care involves cost and money. This is an example of a reductionistic view of health that separates health from communities and the planet and sees health care as a business where profit is the highest value and health care is secondary to profit. Most corporations – at least the larger ones become more or as concerned with profit as with the products and/or services that they provide or sell. An environment where profit is accentuated limits the ability for higher levels of health care service to come to the fore due to a context of competition for profit.

By artificially separating Health Care for humans from a holistic view of a healthy planet we have created an isolated system where individual health is doomed for failure. Large corporations and government regulation or the lack of it to provide the best health care possible for humans excludes our environment – Earth and creates a destructive loop. As far as profit from larger corporations such as HMOs, the AMA, insurance companies and pharmaceutical corporations Health Care has less to do with health and more to do with profit.

By excluding Earth from the health equation the Health-For-Profit Care Business excludes known and intuitively known toxic elements manufactured by industry that kill, maim or systematically weaken immune systems over time to name a few of the health risks from the toxic environment of planet Earth. Thus we create conditions for poor health, utilize Health Care Corporations to use expensive solutions to assist those that fall prey to toxic conditions so additional profits can be generated and maybe ill persons may survive. That is unhealthy but it creates huge profits for large corporations. The work of Patch Adams provides a ray of hope for medicine.[1]

Based on public health care the long-term effects of immediate profit create a higher expense: “In 2010, U.S. public entities spent $3,967 per person on health care. That’s far more than Germany, Canada, France, Britain, and all of the other countries we conservatives normally think of as socialist dystopias.”[2]

The myopic gestalt of profit and the greed it foments has truncated our survival as a species on planet Earth. The short-term solution is government regulation and a human right to Health Care. A longer-term solution may be to include Earth as part of capitalism.[3]

[1] http://www.patchadams.org/gesundheit/

[2] https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/03/28/yes-health-care-is-a-right-an-individual-right/#227bd71a4d66

[3] http://www.natcap.org/

Hope for Peace and Justice for All – the long haul

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In 1982 I experienced a gradual awakening as if I was emerging out of a cloud. I realized that the world was “Upside-Down” meaning that peace and justice existed only for those with the money to pay for it and that war was good for business. Later as a result of my desire for truth and a spiritual reconnection with planet Earth I came to see that justice needed to include the planet as well as all the peoples of the planet.

I didn’t know my place in this life-long movement, only that I needed to be a part of this vision for a better world for all.

My quest lead me to California to study Vipassana Meditation with a 90 year Cambodian Buddhist Monk. I felt called to become a healer, but my rational reductionistic thinking got in the way at that time.

In 1985 I began work in a Crisis Residential Treatment Center for people without money (or with SSI disability) experiencing a mental illness difficulties.

In the course of my work there I uncovered the alternative healer in myself and surrendered to this avocation.

I have worked in alternative non-profit Mental Health in California for nearly twenty years as a part of team working to assist those in crisis to have more meaningful lives. Many of our clients would come back. Some have gone on to meaningful and productive lives, others have died some by their own hand and some by disease. People without hope, living on the streets respond to a home-like environment and the care given by the team to begin the process of respect each individual deserves.

Working both as a Crisis Residential Counselor and as an alternative healer there are many times that I don’t or haven’t know the results of my efforts (or the team’s) and I continue to work for this because its the right path.

I recently retired to continue to pursue an alternative healing practice full time

Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the US Constitution

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The four planks to the ESRA can be found through the following link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-michael-lerner/the-environmental-and-soc_b_7115984.html

The four planks are:

The ESRA (Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the US Constitution) has the following planks:

  1. It bans all private money from state and federal elections and permits only public funding, thereby eliminating the huge advantage that the super-rich have to shape the Congress, the presidency, and the various state legislatures. This is a far more powerful step than allowing the Congress to set limits on money donations by overturning “Citizens’ United” decision of the Supreme Court. ESRA also does make clear that corporations are not “persons” with rights that are granted to human beings in the Constitution and that money is not a form of speech protected by the Constitution.
  2. It requires the wealthier corporations (those with incomes of over $50 million/yr—but excluding all the small businesses) get a new corporate charter once every five years which will only be granted to corporations that can prove a satisfactory history of environmental behavior and social responsibility—to a panel of ordinary citizens who will also hear the testimony of people from around the world who have had their lives impacted by the behavior of the corporation being reviewed. The system of “regulatory agencies” doesn’t work—the regulated corporations have succeeded in getting their own leaders, lobbyists or other loyalists, appointed to these agencies by presidents of both major parties—so the ESRA extends to ordinary citizens (with environmental experts as consultants) the ability to decide the fate of corporations just as our legal system now gives those citizens the right to decide the fate of fellow citizens facing crimes that might even lead to a death sentence. The ESRA specifies a set of areas that the panel must consider, but it can also bring in other environmentally relevant considerations. This part of the ESRA applies to all corporations selling goods or services in the US (whether based here or not) as well as US corporations operating only outside the US, and it provides a massive incentive to corporations to change their corporate behavior (because with the ESRA, the environmentally sensitive people within corporations will be able to insist to their corporate leadership and to investors that they risk losing their license to function and hence the investments of their stock holders totally unless they dramatically change their practices to be dramatically and demonstrably less destructive to the environment).
  3. It requires every school from k-to graduate or professional levels to teach environmental practices, latest information, skills both in working with and protecting Nature but also in empathic communication, caring for everyone on the planet, and learning how to organize and use democratic and nonviolent methods for protecting the earth and humanity’s future.
  4. It overturns any treaty or trade agreement (including the currently secretly negotiated TPP that Obama and the Republicans in Congress have sought to give “fast track” approval) which can be shown to be destructive to the wellbeing of the environment or to working people or is judged by a court to stand in conflict with the intent or specifics of the ESRA. It also requires corporations which seek to move assets or operations out of the US to provide reparations and compensation to the people of the area in which it previously had been operating. And all terms of the ESRA apply equally to any firms to which these larger firms subcontract.

 

Below are some ideas I have put forth:

Criminal Justice System

  1. Overturn the three strikes law. Reduce the reliance on mandatory minimum sentencing until it is a last resort. De-criminalize all elicit drugs. Shed For-Profit Prisons. If “We the People” are to allow private sector prisons let them be non-profit prisons based on true rehabilitation when possible.
  2. When someone is arrested for possession and /or use send then to a mandatory drug treatment or dual diagnosis program. If possession is over a certain about then criminalization may be appropriate.
  3. Make Marijuana legal (as it is in California) nationwide and tax it to help with more addictive substances and the rehabilitation of their users – as in healing.

 

Tax reform

  1. Lower tax burden on the middle class by raising taxes on the top one percent.
  2. Institute a National Business Based Renewable Sales Tax – Businesses that manufacture products that use parts not made from recyclable materials or use fuels (as in automobiles) that are not from renewable resources. The more recycled or renewable materials that they use the less sales tax. Could a Nationally Based Renewable Sales Tax replace the Federal Income Tax for both businesses and individuals alike? Remember Human Beings are one the top of the Renewable list.
  3. Offer tax credits to businesses that use Renewable Resources and Materials in the products they sell as well as in the manufacturing of the products.
  4. Expand tax credits for individuals that buy products and services that utilize at 50 to 100 percent of the products / services that are renewable or use renewable resources

 

Education

  1. Utilize emotions / intuitive principles in learning as ways to dream and envision creativity in Grades K through 12 as well as compassion for oneself, community and those that are different. Education based on diversity not division.
  2. Include emotional tolerance – diversity education in elementary and high school education.
  3. Increase funding and infrastructure for specialized technical education as an alternative to college

Transforming Anger/Fears and “Too Much Democracy”

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It’s important to use compassion and tolerance with people whose opinion is to crush us and make us the enemy. When we allow our own anger / fears to meet those that make us the enemy the result is unproductive and we succumb to the battle of prejudice and lowering our standards. We become part of the problem when we resort to name-calling.

The personal experiences that follow are the underpinning of a beginning to include everyone in systemic transformations:

In the 1980s I was with my good friend traveling in his van with his dog to a nearby city. We encountered a hitchhiker and decided to pick him up. The young man thanked us and he slipped on a headset and listened to a tape on his Walkman.

My friend remarked about the lack of communication from this young guy. We both surmised this was from his fear that made for the separation. My friend remarked how the world had changed via the overwhelming fears.

The 1960s and 70s by contrast people seemed bold and fearless. In the 1980s fear began to creep in even more creating more division between people.

My father was a man who had many fears. He was a man in rebellion and rage that stemmed from fear. He personified the rebelliousness of his youth against his father to a defiance against government. Some of this defiance was a desire to be free. However the vehemence of his rage against authority and his obsessive need to be right and make others wrong was a clear indicator of his underlying fears and insecurities.

The 1960s and 70s represented a brief time in history where fear seemed to diminish and visions for a new way of life seemed possible. Democracy flourished through the civil rights movement, women’s liberation, protests against the war in Vietnam – people were getting involved and taking political action for change. Some would say it was a brief moment in the mid 1960s where a robust and wild creativity showed a possibility for a new world. I am not writing about the causes of the demise of freedom and creativity, just that it happened and fear took hold everywhere and nobody seemed to notice. Both conservative Republicans and the Democrats reliance on the Trilateral Commission’s report that the citizenry of the United States had too much democracy, and this needed to be scaled back.

White people had begun to re-enter a new kind of materialism – the yuppies. African Americans were taking their homes back from the power oppressors through the Black Panthers. This was movement quickly extinguished by the Federal Government’s introduction of guns and drugs in the ghetto in part through the CIA fueling gangs and wars of color.

As I began to work through my own problems with anger and rage uncovering fear and grief underneath I saw how easily people get stuck within the grip of anger and its justifications. I watched my father become increasingly isolated behind his anger. His desire to be right alienated my mother’s friends when I was in High School. His obsession with righteousness allowed him to beat me with the stick of his power and make me wrong, devalue my existence and subjugate me under his rule of terror. I know his father (my grandfather) did the same to him.

He had voted for Kennedy and later for Nixon becoming a conservative Republican until the end of his days. The anger fueled his righteousness and made him feel powerful. He was highly intelligent and so often he had closed his heart to the suffering of others both inside and outside his immediate family. His need for anger and control drove him away from a compassionate look at the causes of these drives and fueled a compulsivity to become increasingly angry and get more control.

I often watched “All in the Family” with him. One time he asked – probably rhetorically – why conservatives were portrayed by the Media as ignorant and stupid.

“It’s because they have closed their hearts to the suffering of others,” I said quickly.

He grunted. My father was a compassionate man but his compassion was limited to his immediate family and there were strings attached.

I watched my mother emotionally isolate herself from my father with passive-aggressive statements that irritated him and in some senses may have laid the groundwork for my mother’s plunge into dementia. This produced great feelings of sadness in me for her and for my father and her as a married couple.

My father’s addiction to anger and righteousness has been mirrored in present day politics as Republicans make enemies of those that disagree. I lived inside the bubble of indifference to suffering during my childhood and teen years. When I discussed my opposition to the war in Vietnam I tried to argue logically inside the premises my father presented leaving me feeling devalued, defeated and sad.

My father complained about a neighbor who was a postal worker making almost as much money as he did.

“What’s wrong with that?” I asked him.

“Intellectual work is more valuable than manual labor,” he said.

“I disagree,” I told him. “All work is honorable and shouldn’t be valued over another type of labor.”

It wasn’t until I was a sophomore in college that my girlfriend came to my defense about my feelings around war, specifically the Vietnam War, when she said:

“How can a feeling be wrong? Feelings aren’t right or wrong they just are.”

I came to see that my father was an elitist who lived within an upper class politically conservative bubble where it was easy to ignore the suffering of others and explain away oppression because he judged everyone from his elitist perspective. His heart and mind were closed by judgments based on anger and ultimately fear.

Even in myself I have noticed fear and an exclusion of others from time to time based on judgments of “us and them” thinking. This is an easy trap that we may fall into as we identify with a group to the exclusions of others that don’t belong to our group. These judgments include a closing of our hearts through judgments, fears, righteousness and elitism to name a few. These are prejudices when we are unaware of how we exclude others and are both prejudiced and have biases when we become aware of the motivation without examining the root causes and healing them.

We cannot keep our hearts open all the time. Heartedness is an opening to the human condition of suffering, loss and grief as well as love and joy. If our hearts were to be open 100% of the time we would feel overwhelmed and perhaps we might dissociate. So retreating to the mind is important to protect our hearts from feeling overwhelmed. The danger of retreating into the mind is staying there without returning to a compassionate feeling heart-place. Also it’s possible while in our minds to fool ourselves into believing we are compassionate when we are not, or we are compassionate towards those that share our beliefs within our social bubbles.

Changing peoples’ minds and hearts especially where fear and exclusion is prevalent becomes an insurmountable force. Talking to individuals due to many factors cannot solve the problems of fear, anger, and prejudice. To change these exclusionary beliefs and policies a systemic approach planned over decades may begin to make a dent in the fear/anger dynamic.

PART TWO

In the A Working Outline of a Possible Plan:

Criminal Justice System

  1. Overturn the three strikes law. Reduce the reliance on mandatory minimum sentencing until it is a last resort. De-criminalize all elicit drugs. Shed For-Profit Prisons.
  2. When someone is arrested for possession and /or use send then to a mandatory drug treatment or dual diagnosis program.
  3. Make Marijuana legal ( as it is in California) nationwide and tax it.

Tax reform

  1. Lower tax burden on the middle class by raising taxes on the top one percent.
  2. Institute a National Business Based Renewable Sales Tax – Businesses that manufacture products that use parts not made from recyclable materials or use fuels (as in automobiles) that are not from renewable resources. The more recycled or renewable materials that they use the less sales tax. Could a Nationally Based Renewable Sales Tax replace the Federal Income Tax for both businesses and individuals alike? Remember Human Beings are one the top of the Renewable list.
  3. Offer tax credits to businesses that use Renewable Resources and Materials in the products they sell as well as in the manufacturing of the products.
  4. Expand tax credits for individuals that buy products and services that utilize at 50 to 100 percent of the products / services that are renewable or use renewable resources

Education

  1. Utilize emotions / intuitive principles in learning as ways to dream and envision creativity in Grades K through 12.
  2. Include emotional tolerance education in elementary and high school education.
  3. Increase funding and infrastructure for specialized technical education as an alternative to college

Bringing Light to The Darkness

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These are challenging times where the darkness manifested by the President Elect (PE) of the United States is obvious. The darkness has been with us for a longer time growing more powerful and under the veil of complacency.

There may be a tendency to fall asleep and drift off to insulate our selves in the cocoon of comfort while crimes against humanity and earth are perpetuated. I urge you not to do this.

There is spiritual action and political action.

Spiritual Action:

Meditation and Manifestation

There are many forms of Spiritual Action. Begin with calming the body, mind and emotions and “seeing” peace and healing worldwide is a good first step.

Here is a link for further manifestation on a real world level:

https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/visualization-manifestation-an-introduction/

Political Action:

There are three forms of actions that occur today. The use of social media to protest and direct protests that are peaceful as in rallies, marches, etc.

Consider contributing money to causes even if it is a small amount – encourage your friends to do same – to causes.

Calling your representative (write out something beforehand as a guide. You may talk to a real person or a phone messaging system). Using your pone to call is better than emailing especially if you continue on a bi-annual, monthly or weekly basis. Urge your friends who live in states where there are more conservative representatives to urge them to do the same.

http://www.whoismyrepresentative.com/