Real estate brokers do it all.From tracking down absent owners for a future property listing with the skill of the CIA, Secret Service, FBI. To rolling up our sleeves, cleaning out a property to make it show a little better when there is just no money for staging, renovations prior to marketing. There was a Realtor ad run a few years back that said "You've Got A Life, We're REALTORS, We Let You Live It." In any community, the real estate agents are actively involved in the day to day of more than just their jobs. Serving on civic groups, active in volunteer work where a helping hand is needed. They are used to working hard to meet do or die deadlines, only getting paid when the job is done and are good budgeters of their time.
So if you asked a group of realtors, real estate brokers, agents how do you tackle national health care reform? What would you get for answers from this can do, gung ho group? Remember too that these independent contractors don't have blanket medical umbrellas for coverage either so they feel the high cost just as sharply as any segment in the country. At the local Houlton Maine Rotary meeting this week, one father expressed worry about his son who can not afford the premiums fresh out of college and is just hoping not to get sick, traveling light without a monthly health care bill he can not afford. Another dentist said before Congress tries to slam a program thru that is already flawed, there is a big missing component. Preventative health care to avoid the emergency room costs spiraling out of sight drama and often an unhappy ending in a life ending prematurely afters hundreds of thousands of dollars spent in the process.
Another at our lunch table meeting said forget the fact that welfare health care card holders can wander in to the Emergency Room 24/7 with a cold or sniffle or to seek drugs, pain killers like it was a free medical drive thru. While folks needing attention, without medical coverage wait for days, hoping the pain just goes away. It does eventually without treatment. The condition is called death. Instead consider just two lifestyle choices or habits. That if left uncured, probably can be responsible for close to half of the total cases doctors, nurses, hospitals see daily.
The over weight patient with 200 more pounds on his joints, making his breathing, heart, lungs labor extra hard has medical problems. The body God designed for him was not designed for this treatment, application.Other major body systems of this patient start to shut down, or need machines to keep that person alive, let alone with a quality of health at the same time. If we could crank up the preventative health care component. So instead of reacting to the tail end of the obesity nightmare, looking at the ease on the system burden if the nation slimmed down to a healthy weight without our western golden arches diet. Add to this preventative health care component, a stepped up smoking education, campaign. And another major segment of the ills of smoking patient load would be relieved.
I think the stop smoking education in the schools in Maine is pretty agressive and the ads with the
Marlboro man says as he heads in the sunset, "Bob, I miss my lung" have deglamorized smoking.Nipping it in the bud in schools. Showing someone with smoking caused breathing struggles in the class room with warning to scare folks straight can not hurt.
As it is we see the patient after the ills of overeating, over smoking and then it becomes a very expensive, life and death struggle to save the person's life. The horse is already out of the barn is the technical term.
The local dentist at our Rotary table said we are just trying to keep up with no money to pay for the escalating procedures, not considering the source of this debt/time drain. If we did not have to perform many of these procedures with better health life styles our kids are, implementing, watching. That is taking the offensive. Rather than just struggling with defensive measures needing all out chaotic attention stat. Without the preventative health care intiative being a major cornerstone of health care reform, a national plan, too much of our hard earned tax dollars will be ear marked for just health care's staggering sky rocketing costs. Along side paying off just the debt service interest of this country's appetite to implement program after program to spend money. Money we don't have. Got a problem needing fixing? Give it to a group of guys and gals wearing the "R", the hardest working letter in the alphabet. Realtors.