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new-logo25  By Alieta Eck, M.D.

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We constantly are told that “while ObamaCare might not be perfect, the right has not come up with a better plan.” Is it possible that we do not need a “plan” at all?

Think about it. Has the federal government set up a food plan for all? A housing plan? Is the Secretary of Whatever empowered to decide what and when we eat? What kind of house each of us lives in? Of course not. We work, we plan and we buy what we need, saving up for the big-ticket items. Government does not control us, nor should it.

So why is health care different?

“Health care” begins in the home– when moms and dads teach and model good health habits and good nutrition. In grade school the health teachers show children the basic food groups and explain why eating right and exercising is the road to a healthy life. Avoiding the use of toxic substances such as cigarettes, alcohol, and illegal drugs is part of early training. Early learning of the proper role of kindness and generosity is the best way to teach good behavior and the structure of a healthy family and community.

So while staying healthy is the first step, next we need to learn how to detect illness early. A fever, a localized pain, a cough, or simply knowing that something is just not right ought to prompt one to seek medical attention. That is where it would be good to have a relationship with a physician who knows us, or at least knows the right questions to ask. His education is geared to picking up the signs, symptoms, and physical indications of disease. He is also prepared to handle 92% of what ails us and can get us back on our feet. We ought not need health insurance for routine care, as running these visits through an insurance company will make them more expensive.

Of course, despite our best behavior with inevitable slip-ups, 8% of us will come down with a serious injury or illness. This is where we will need the expertise of those who have made this country the go-to place for the best care in the world. A tumor, blood disorder, cancer, diabetic complications, or a broken bone—these are instances where purchasing health insurance—affordable, high-deductible health insurance is a wise decision. More