Unlimited power over the general welfare is one of the specifically enumerated powers granted to Congress, hoss. "General Welfare" is an ambiguous term that could mean almost anything.
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I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
I enjoyed the debate, and the chance to refine my own ideas on the subject.
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
No, its not the governments job to provide me with health care. I have to get it myself.
Jackboots always come in matched pairs, a left boot and a right boot.
Most of what your average Americans consider necessary health care I consider health luxuries. I would probably consider 90%+ of all medical procedures that are preformed today as luxuries. People tend to look for the easiest and most convienent path and this includes ones health.
Face it, we have become a society that has been led to believe we should feel perfect all the time and if we dont the medical community has our solution. We as Americans run to the doctors office for alot of things that are not life threatening but expect to be treated. I consider this a luxury. The medical communty also do there share to insure you feel dependent on them.
Take a very common medical ailment in the US, Diabetes. Chances are if you are diabetic you purchase a whole slew of maintenance products including, test strips, meters, syringes, insulins, and will your entire life. Why do you do this? Because it enables you to have a broader range of foods that you enjoy and lets you be more reckless in your daily choices. Naturally we dont want to be limited if we dont have to be. But these things are not necessary once you know what you need to do and live with it. Exceptable blood glucose levels can be controled by diet and diet alone but for most this is to limiting and to inconvenient and so they choose to take the easy and more expensive path.
Another prime example is our teeth. We constanty have them cleaned, filled, whitened, streightened. All of this comes down to luxuries. Instead of having teeth removed when they become flawed we spend money to constantly maintain them. Again it all comes down to our own convenience and enjoyment and not about actual life threatening issues. We could live a healthy life without teeth but who wants to if they dont have to? Again a health luxury and not a necessity.
The list of is nearly endless. We have simply become reliant on medical care for things that we shouldnt need. We have come to expect more then what we probably should and argue because it is not enough or not everyone can recieve it all. We really are a messed up society.
My long time girlfriend of 9 years has type 2 diabetes. She struggled with it for almost 15 years. She freqented the medical community and like you was told that she must constantly maintain her glucose with insulin injections. Finally being fed up with the routine she explored other avenues. After doing alot of research she heard from others that were insulin indepented and found that they could maintain glucose with diet alone. It took her many months of trial and error but she also achived an exceptable glucose level (around 130-150) with diet alone. It was not easy and probably not particulaly enjoyable. She was very limited on foods and had to eat very small and freqent meals.
My father was diagnosed 3 years ago with diabetes. Again he was told he needed these things. I set out to help him avoid insulin because he was refusing to inject himself several times a day. We have been working on this for several months now and while we have not gotten it lowered consistanly below 150, this is mainly due to his wavering dedication and frequent straying. However most of the time he is under 200 even when he eats things he should not. I believe if he would stick to the things he should eat he could be sucessful just as my gf was.