1. Become the Change You Want to See: There is a lot more to healthcare than being covered by health insurance when you become ill. Complete healthcare plans include four components: 1) Illness Prevention; 2) Health Optimization; 3) Illness Management; and 4) Health Restoration. Most people’s health insurance covers illness management although better policies also cover health restoration. But virtually no policies (except true Health Maintenance Organizations or HMOs) cover illness prevention or health optimization strategies, even though these are among the most important keys to slashing health care costs. You can learn how to take charge of your own illness prevention and health optimization through my five-award-winning book, The New IQ: How Integrity Intelligence Serves You, Your Relationships and Our World, and the self-care exercises in its companion, The New IQ Integrity Makeover Workbook.
  2. Stop Being Manipulated by Self-Serving Spin Masquerading as Facts: Don’t believe what the Democrats or the Republicans tell you about healthcare reform. Get the real facts by consulting the websites of organizations like the nonpartisan Political Fact Check project (www.FactCheck.org), the Life Extension Foundation (www.LEF.org), and integrative health physician Dr. Joseph Mercola (www.Mercola.com), in addition to my IntegrityWatch Blog at www.TheNewIQ.com and my Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/DavidGruder). Only when you’re truly informed will you know what to instruct your elected representatives to do.
  3. Contact Your Elected Representatives: Democracy-centered republics like the United States are mandated by their constitution to be servants to their citizens. When not enough citizens exercise freesponsibility, greed-based special interests fill the vacuum this creates. When you speak up as a freesponsible citizen, advocate only for truly financially responsible solutions that address the real issues that have been causing healthcare costs to remain unaffordable and that have been preventing sustainable health from being possible.