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A National Health Care Plan. Got A Problem? Give It To A Group Of Real Estate Brokers, Agents, Realtors.

    

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 baby, newborn childjust 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 maine horse, winter farm

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.

Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers

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Comment balloon 4 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • January 26 2010 04:28PM

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I want to know why we expect our health insurance to pay for health maintenance, to go to the doctor because we have the sniffles, or we sprained a finger, etc. Insurance should be used for catastrophic expenses.

I don't expect my car insurance to pay to rotate the tires or change the oil, but if I get into an accident because a tire blows out from not rotating them properly, that's when auto insurance would pay.

I don't expect my home insurance to pay for replacing the screen door that I walked through last night, but when the screen door and the rear of the house blow away in the big storm, that's when insurance would pay.

The whole health care system is messed up. I think it's useful to try to fix it rather than just sitting around saying that everything we might try won't work. As my wise old grandmother said, "You won't know unless you try it." If it doesn't work, then one can repeal it.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 10 years ago

Grandmothers had easy health care options. Coke syrup for an upset stomach, cod liver oil for anything that ailed you..from a teaspoon with sugar to rubbing it on your tired body suffering from chills, to vics on your nose, some ginger ale and crackers for a rollercoaster stomach. And rest. Fresh air.  But leading in put your hat on, get those wet clothes off..don't go out in the cold with just a tea shirt on,etc. There was not the money to fund the frivolous. Plus you had chores to do, work needing to be done. Maybe ask the vet next cow call what to do for this or that. Get an extra distemper shot or mineral salt lick like the livestock used.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 10 years ago

Andrew, I agree that weight and smoking are huge culprits.  I think that bad driving is up there too.  And there is nobody here in DC who has a clue.  Maybe they do need to put us on the job of finding a solution!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Excercise Pat. Can you see you riding a bike to showings, listings..talking to buyers on bikes too and explaining "Now the next house we are going to look at is in three miles (huffing, puffing) And only three more of these killer hills to get there and it's all down hill from there." The other problem is why are we overweight, why do we smoke, use drive thrus and hurry scurry until a body part breaks. Kidneys are expensive..take care of your parts! If we don't make major changes, and pile on the money to keep paying for a bloated, its going to blow system...it is like using a band aid for a gunshot wound.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 10 years ago

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