On Thursday the President took his call for action one step further and presented a ten- year budget forecast to Congress, although not in such a public and dramatic format. In developing a budget the President, whomever he is, illustrates the priorities of the federal government for the immediate and short-term future. President Obama outlined some of the major policies and priorities of his Administration in these two presentations, and I am going to address some of the issues in just one of those priorities in this Post, the reform of the nation’s health care system.
An estimated 76.2 million American’s live with chronic pain.
Estimates range between 27 million and 54 million Americans live with a chronic illness, such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Heart or Lung Disease, or any number of illnesses that cannot be cured but can be treated, giving the person an opportunity for life, but often a life severely affected by the manifestations of these conditions.
Over 40 Americans live with a physical disability of some kind, whether it is the result of a genetic birth condition, an illness, or an injury.
And some people, like me, live each day with all three of these conditions influencing every aspect of our lives; in fact between the chronic pain from my spine condition that I have lived with for about 45 years, the progressive, physically challenging symptoms of MS, which I have had for either 29+ years, 11 years, or don’t have at all, depending on which doctor you ask, and the physical disabilities that I deal with from both of the above, I am no longer to live even a close approximation of the life I once enjoyed. I have been an active consumer of the health care system, with all its wisdom and warts.
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Complexities of Health Care Reform, Part One by Denise Coleman