The modern healthcare crisis is a modern crisis in health, first and foremost, before we even get to access to the question of “care.”
Passage of this bill won’t change much unless the bill is funded. In this economic environment, it will be difficult to get the $1.4 billion required to implement this bill without some revenue generator, which this bill does not include. There has already been talk from Republicans in the House that they will not fund the bill. The government is currently under a continuing resolution (CR) which expires on March 4. So one of the first challenges for the new Congress is how they handle the Fiscal Year 2011 budget. Therefore, it is unlikely that anyone will get an increase in this environment. Some lobbying from states is also anticipated since they’ll be able to seek a variance from the produce safety standards as long as they can show that they have procedures in place to reach the same goals.
I ask you to tell President Obama to please veto this bill; we will work together on coming up with an alternative bill in 2011 that will be signature-worthy.
Just as with voting, being an informed, active and participatory citizen is essential to protecting and advancing democracy. As Mr. Buckley sagely noted, we must be obtrusive, we must be committed and we must be assured in claiming our rights. By being knowledgeable and informed about the issues, we do not need to worry about our message or our cause being construed as ambiguous. We must question “Authority” since authority is merely power lent to agencies and officials to carry out the public will and to fulfill the public good.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010 – Unfortunately, today the Senate passed S. 510, The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. If signed into law it would significantly expand FDA authority, especially over small farms and local food producers. The result: elimination of competition for big Agribusiness and limitations on what you choose to eat and drink.
We intend to fight final passage of the bill in the House and every step of the way to the President. If signed into law, we will mobilize the public to oppose its implementation.
Meanwhile, here are the Senators who voted to pass S. 510, and let’s make it clear that we will not forget the way they voted when they come up for re-election:
Dear Citizens for Health Community,
We’re very excited to introduce Voice for HOPE (Healers Of Planet Earth), our partner in our newest initiative. This new initiative is an expansion of our Campaign for Better Health. Along with Voice for HOPE, we also want to introduce you to WisdomFilms™, a new resource that can support you both personally and in your efforts as an advocate for our world’s health and wellness.
Voice for HOPE was created to bring together consumers, practitioners and producers of complementary, alternative and integrative health and wellness modalities to advocate effectively for an expanded role for these approaches to improving personal, family and community health and well-being. As the recently passed “health reforms” go through the next several years of refinements, regulatory implementation, re-evaluation and beyond, the potential value of these approaches needs to be, and is ready to be, recognized.
Voice for HOPE is a pro-active companion to Citizens for Health’s rapid and effective defense of dietary supplements, organic food, and other natural health approaches, mobilized when we’re faced with threats from industry and government. With Voice for HOPE, we are calling on policy makers to pay attention to the value of natural healing modalities and approaches, and integrate them NOW into health policy at every level, rather than dismissing, rejecting or over-regulating them.
Millions of Americans are taking steps in their personal lives to improve their overall well-being, reduce stress and other risk factors, delay the onset of aging, and achieve better outcomes from conventional medical treatments. Including natural health approaches in national, state and local health care policy could significantly improve outcomes and reduce costs across the country. This presents opportunities our country can no longer afford to ignore.
You can support the Voice for HOPE initiative and at the same time enjoy a personal healing experience. WisdomFilms™ is a new genre of media, designed to evoke a contemplative, life-enhancing experience. It is a collection of 3-6 minute films explicitly created to reduce stress and restore balance to our minds, hearts, and souls. The films feature spoken wisdom from some of today’s most acclaimed voices in self-help and spirituality (including Campaign for Better Health advisor and bestselling author Deepak Chopra, success coach Bob Proctor, and Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh), blended with inspiring original music and breathtaking imagery.
Thoughtful and beautiful at the same time, the films are designed to provide “a sanctuary of serenity” and “a connection to what matters most.” Created by Emmy Award-winning composer Gary Malkin, these “media-tations” offer an antidote to fear and anxiety that can inspire, awaken, nourish and sustain. Leaders in healthcare and personal development, as well as research centers such as HeartMath, have found these films can provide a way to cultivate “coherence,” the integrative state that adds years to our lives.
Thomas Moore, admired author of Care of the Soul said, “These inspiring short films can help us connect our deepest selves to the vast world we live in. No service could be more important. A multi-sensory feast for the senses!”
A free WisdomFilms™ sample, narrated by Deepak Chopra, is available for your viewing at www.wisdomfilms.com/voiceforhope. You’ll also find information there about how to purchase the 2-DVD set of the nine Wisdom Films.
As a vital Citizen for Health, I hope you find comfort and inspiration in these WisdomFilms™ and optimism about the possibilities for natural healing to play a more prominent role in American life as you learn more about Voice for HOPE.
Jim Turner, and the Citizens for Health Team
Send your letter now, and urge your Senators to Save Safe Food – Stop S. 510!
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