“I had a dream last night. I don’t know where it came from. I don’t usually remember my dreams at all. When I awoke, I had this deep feeling that relationships across my country may become violent soon. It’s weird, you know? I look around me and I don’t see it at all.
Then, I admit; and then deny, and deny again, over, and over in my head until I get confused.
And then I wondered. What decision did I land on? What did I do?1”
And like every other morning – I yawned, rolled out of bed and made some coffee and played with our cats.
And then I thought about my dream. Was it a warning? Was it a message?
And this is what I came up with.
My “What Society Needs Now” List
I only have one item on my list. We The People need less interference from all three branches of our government into our fundamental rights of Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness contained in the Declaration of Independence.
One week from today, our nation will celebrate its Independence. There is no better time for everyone to come together.
Here is a suggestion.
At your Independence Day celebrations beginning this weekend, please add this prayer to yours before you eat your holiday meal.
“‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.’ Amen”
The Pursuit of Happiness means that “all U.S. citizens are free to pursue joy and live life in a way that makes them happy, as long as they don’t do anything illegal or violate the rights of others.”
Unalienable Rights cannot be taken away or denied.
Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness are unalienable Rights.
The government ordering me to buy solar panels or own an electric car – I believe – interferes with my pursuit of happiness. That is called the price of freedom. And as a free man, I can believe in God, and I can trust the ability of Americans and the people who immigrate here to innovate and help society find solutions to big problems.
I also think that a free society with the wealth of the United States must find a way in this century to ensure that every human in this country has immediate access to a health care system that finds breakthrough cures for diseases, provides preventive care and includes a national catastrophic cap.
Life is the first unalienable Right.
In the United States, we all share a guaranteed unalienable Right to Life. It’s easy to measure, monitor, budget for and maintain. Here, let me give an example. You can plug in your own numbers and circumstances.
Let’s say your health insurance company – public or private – currently has an annual catastrophic cap of $3,000. Under the current system, your insurance company would be on the hook for all the costs above the $3,000 annual cap that you pay on top of your premiums, and of course anything else you have to pay for because it was a pre-existing condition. This example includes all health matters, and all dental, or vision – from pregnancy to grave. It can include more and it can include less. It’s just an example.
And now let’s pretend that the government sets a national catastrophic cap of $12,000 with a $0 cap for all pre-existing conditions.
Under the government option (call it the Universal Life option), all medical bills above the established cap for all the people in the United States, in this example $12,000 per year, would be paid for by taxpayers. The caps, adjusted for whatever each year, would be part of each person’s life from pregnancy to grave.
So in this example, over time my insurance premiums would become lower due to competition and lower costs for the insurance providers, and I could negotiate better catastrophic caps for any additional insurance I decide to buy.
In this example, the insurance company would be on the hook for $0 to $9,000 annually in health care costs excluding pre-existing conditions for each person insured. The consumer pays the first $3,000 for care, insurance pays the next $9,000, and then the government picks up the remainder of the tab over $12,000 per year plus all pre-existing conditions. There is no more Medicaid, no more Medicare. Catastrophic caps should be based on ability to pay. This solution provides everyone with Universal Life coverage at an agreed upon cost while leveraging the free market and shared accountability.
Hey, it’s just an idea. I mean, it was a pretty radical dream and my coffee is getting cold.
The bottom line. Forget about the two political parties and think about the 2020 election in a new way. Who can we elect for president and for the Congress who guarantees to protect our unalienable Rights. All of them.
Remember the words from the prayer above. Make it part of your annual Independence Day celebrations and pass it on to the next generation. Make each July 4th about the freedoms that we all share, not the restrictions on our freedoms that divide us.
And there you have it. My “What Society Needs Now” list. Damn, my coffee is cold. I need to go heat it up. Have a great day!Capitol Hellway Media Company
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