Monday, November 17, 2014
People often confuse consumerism with capitalism. Consumerism is a belief and capitalism is a system. Consumerism is atheist in origin. Consumerism is the belief that "stuff" will make you happy. Buy an iPhone and you will be happy, buy the latest and greatest big screen TV and you will be happy. Consumerism is the belief that happiness is found in possessions. Capitalism is an economic system. While some people believe that capitalism is the best economic system, it is an economic system and not a belief. One could say that the free market capitalist system is fueled by consumerism, but the free market did not create consumerism. Consumerism is about consuming a multitude of goods. Good food, good entertainment, wonderful cars and the latest and greatest electronics. Capitalism is about creating all these goods that people want to consume.
The Oxford American Dictionary defines consumerism as, "The preoccupation of society with the acquisition of consumer goods." Capitalism is defined as, "An economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state."
Consumerism can happen anywhere and in any economic system. While communist and socialist systems may make it difficult for the consumerist to obtain all of those wonderful things he thinks will make him happy, the free market (capitalist) system makes it much easier for the consumerist to purchase all the goods that he thinks will bring him joy and happiness.
The question is: why are people working on Thanksgiving? Consumerism is the answer. If people hadn't wanted the spices and materials from India, the trade routes would never have been established. Do you think folks would have trekked thousands of miles over dangerous terrain for spices and materials no one wanted to purchase? Of course not! People are now working on Thanksgiving because consumers will purchase the company's goods on that day. If people stayed home on Thanksgiving and never went to the store to purchase goods, stores would not open. Consumerism is behind the stores being open on Thanksgiving!
Which leads me to my next point. Removing God from society has allowed us to have a more prevalent consumerist belief system. We had a freer market in the 1950s, and yet stores were closed on Thanksgiving and people stayed home to give thanks to God. We've raised generations of people who now think stuff is more important than God. We've removed Him from our schools, the public square and thus our daily lives. Families are broken and society is falling apart. Instead of soothing ourselves with His Word, we run to the store to purchase the latest and greatest _________ (insert any of a plethora of items here).
The free market system IS the best system in the world. If we had a true free market, costs on ANY and EVERY good and service would come down. I'm a believer in the free market (capitalism), but I am not a consumerist. I do not believe that the goods produced so easily in a free market are the key to happiness. God is the key to happiness. The innovations created by a free market are tools to a better life and, in many cases, a longer and healthier life. MRIs, cancer drugs, new treatments for other diseases and technologies that save lives and help us live longer- Thanks be to God!
I hope you'll stay home on Thanksgiving to give thanks to God for the many blessings he has bestowed upon us all. Shopping can wait a day!
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
This will anger you. He even calls the American people stupid.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Pattie Curran is a North Carolina mother whose two sons receive treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s bone marrow clinic.
As the mother of two chronically ill children, our family has long faced high health care costs, and it’s getting worse, thanks to companies called pharmacy benefit managers.
My sons have a rare bone marrow failure condition called Shwachman-Diamond syndrome and have secondary mitochondrial disease. They require a broad range of medications to treat their life-threatening conditions, including compounded medications which are typically prescribed to patients who can't metabolize or tolerate commercial drugs.
By customizing prescriptions to the individual’s needs, doctors help patients like my sons, as well as patients dealing with the effects of cancer, diabetes and other serious conditions. Compounded drugs are also used by people with hormonal imbalances, chronic pain and allergies to certain ingredients in mass-produced medicines.
In July, I was notified that some of our sons' most important compounded medications are no longer being covered by Express Scripts. This is because Express Scripts – the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager, with 90 million Americans enrolled, according to the Associated Press –announced sweeping coverage cuts this summer to 1,000 ingredients used to make compounded medicines. The cuts are coming at the worst time for my sons, who, despite weekly trips to the ER and specialists, are trying to live normal lives filled with sports and after-school activities.
Today we find ourselves deeply in debt and drowning in the paperwork of what has become a full-time fight to restore coverage of essential, life-saving treatments for our sons. This year alone, we have been billed tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket health care costs.
While some of the ingredients found in my sons’ compounded medications come in commercial form, there’s no FDA-approved medication or supplement on the market to treat mitochondrial disease. This alarms not only my family, but also my sons’ specialist. The specialist has written a letter to inform our insurance company that if my sons are not able to continue their compounded medications due to the lack of coverage, it could lead to neurodegenerative symptoms and potentially result in death.
As a mother this is devastating. I feel like I am at the mercy of pharmacy benefits managers and insurance companies.
Hundreds of thousands – perhaps millions – of Americans who use compounded medications face a loss or reduction in coverage as pharmacy benefit managers and insurance companies eliminate or severely limit coverage.
Patients and Physicians for Rx Access has formed to protect patient access to compounded medications. The coalition is made up of patients, advocacy groups, pharmacists, physicians, pharmacies and health care organizations focused on raising awareness about this crucial issue. By sharing information with patients and the doctors who are impacted by this unnecessary loss in benefits, the group hopes to fight these cuts.
Compounded medications have changed my sons’ lives, and it saddens me to know they and so many others face this new obstacle. Those most affected need to push back now and join the fight for compounded medication coverage to make an impact. Please visit www.saverxaccess.org to learn more.