Lake 22 Trail, near Tulalip, WA
It can seem like you are fighting against all odds to make things better. It can seem like everyone is against you or that everyone else is getting the break or the job. Why should you keep trying? Why not give up and go with the flow? You have a lot to offer. You have a lot to contribute. You are going to succeed, and you will be happier pursuing your goals and dreams than not.
It may take awhile to get to where you are feeling happy and can see some light at the end of the tunnel. You may need to reformulate your goals and objectives as you hit some barriers or take some lumps. You shouldn’t compromise your value of making life better for everyone, but you do learn every day, so why not make changes or corrections in your course as you feel is prudent?
One of the big struggles you must have is to live a healthy life. You are constantly being challenged with options, good and mostly bad, on what to eat and drink. You are having little to no time to take care of your body or vessel. You must find a way to get the proper exercise to go along with the proper nutrition in order for you to be healthy. You can maximize your happiness as you are more and more healthy and as you help others to become more and more healthy including your loved ones.
It is important for you to get the healthcare that you need as well. Sometimes you need a little or lot of extra help to approach your optimal health. If you want your loved ones to have that same opportunity or better, then you need to advocate for affordable healthcare for everyone. How can you help achieve that worthy goal or outcome?
You can start lobbying for affordable healthcare for everyone. You can ask you government leaders or become a better government leader and ask your peers to implement a taxation system that creates and maintains a robust healthcare system for everyone. Taxation? Yes, taxation with good outcomes or products and services directly associated with the taxes. Payroll taxes that are reasonable and based on a subscribers ability to pay that ensures good regulated, privatized health insurance with reasonable low deductibles.
How do you help to keep the cost of healthcare a reasonable portion of your expenses? You take care of yourself the best you can by having proper nutrition and exercise. You try to live and advocate for healthy lifestyles. You ask you government and/or government colleagues to tax activities that cause health risks or direct problems. What kinds of activities, products or services need to have a healthcare tax applied to help offset the real healthcare costs they cause?
There are many, many of these activities, neglect, products and services that should be taxed. The taxes should not be a sales tax, but they should be a tax based on gross revenue associated with the activity, neglect, product or service in question. A few of these are automobiles (based on accident data for healthcare and emergency costs based on deaths and injuries for accidents and also for illnesses associated with pollution), tobacco products, food and beverages (based on data associated with healthcare costs including products sold that contribute to heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other illnesses), drugs (legal and illegal or legalized based on their contribution to healthcare costs including addiction treatment – another reason illegal drugs need to be legalized and taxed but not made nearly free from regulation or criminalized activities), poor drinking water or sanitation (those jurisdictions neglecting to have good drinking water and sanitation should be taxed or forfeit taxes until such problems are remedied), restaurants (again based on contributing to healthcare costs from dietary concerns), and on and on. You need to hold businesses, governments, non-profits, marketers and others accountable for the goods and services they produce that create healthcare costs, and for those that don’t or those that change their products and services for the better you can reduce or eliminate their taxes as there are not associated costs. Every industry and activity (or neglect) needs to be evaluated and made to contribute including mass media (television, movies, computer games and more), the sex trade (again decriminalize, regulate and tax), the oil industry, the gambling industry, alcoholic beverages, firearms, chemical, defense and many others. This is the most sure way you can have universal healthcare with reasonable costs. It might seem like a daunting task to take on, but you can make it happen. Go ahead, it matters.
Daniel A. Jones, January 8, 2012