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Month: September 2016

Evolution of Health Care

Evolution of Health Care

The factors that have been the biggest challenges as the U.S. tries to improve our health care system is the fact that our health care system would be run by the government and that a large health system would result in higher taxes. We live in a country where the federal government is supposed to be weak compared to the state governments, preventing from a tyranny. When health care was brought up people became very wary especially of the fact that it was going to be controlled by the federal government. By allowing the government to control our health care our choices as patients would be limited and in the hands of the government. Health care being socialized will lead to it being less individualized. Also having such a large health care system would only result in an enormous amount of money being needed which will most definitely lead to higher taxes.

The biggest failure in U.S. health care reform in my opinion is John. F Kennedy’s defeat in his Medicare bill. JFK was so passionate in getting this bill passed, enabling Americans to care for their own old-age health insurance to prevent from being unable to pay for their own health care. His loss was not only a setback for him, but also our nation as a whole.

The biggest success in U.S. health care reform would be the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. Millions of people now, because of Obamacare, have been able to access affordable insurance. This saves millions of peoples lives.

Health Care Reform – Don’t Hold Your Breath

Health Care Reform – Don’t Hold Your Breath

Based off of the information we learned in class, and in my opinion, the biggest challenges in America’s attempt to reform health care have been distractions and Congressional opposition. Since the Truman administration, health care reform has been at the forefront of both the American and governing mind. Americans have proven this by voicing their concern and disapproval for the health care systems we’ve encountered through out history. Presidents have proven this by addressing health care reform in State of the Union Addresses, speaking at rallies, and touring to promote their reforms. Despite the passion our country has for this issue, it took almost 70 years for legislation to pass. Time and time again, our executive branch (Kennedy, Clinton, Obama) was met with strong opposition from Congress, or were called to other events. Elections, scandals, and general lack of support all deterred us from American health care reform.

I think that the biggest failure in health care reform was simply how long it took for our government to come together to enact legislation. Too often partisan politics or even individual politicians stood in the way of reforming our health care system, which is a loss for everyone; because it took so long to get the ball rolling, it will now take even longer to build and improve on the Affordable Care Act that is now in place.

On the other hand, I think that the biggest success in U.S. health care reform has been the perseverance of our nation’s presidents to reform this system. As noted in class, it took many years of drafting, refining, and recycling ideas to finally enact ObamaCare. However, if it were not for the many leaders that set the stage, paved the way, and started the conversations around health care reform, this effort could’ve died a long time ago.

 

Week 1 — On Purpose

Week 1 — On Purpose

  1. What do you think your purpose is? How will you find it if you don’t know? How will you maintain or change it if you do know?
    1. My encompassing purpose in life — while somewhat abstract — is to be content and satisfied. I do not want to ever feel that I could have done more, but I want to work as hard as I can. I think as I continue to grow wiser, I will find a more definite purpose. While I do not know my purpose exactly, my goal currently is to do well in my courses, exams, and activities so that I will be able to attend medical school.
  2. What excuses do you use in your life? How can you combat against these excuses and continue to push forward toward your passion?
    1. My continued excuses is revolved around my own self-esteem/self-doubt. I believe myself to be “not good enough.” That is, not smart enough, not pretty enough, not talented enough that I cannot achieve what I aim to do. It continues to hold me back and it impedes me from success. I quit piano, I stopped all sports I tried in my youth because I was “not good.” To combat this way of thinking, I remind myself that not everyone is perfect on the first try and that I should continue to work hard to achieve what my goal is.
  3. What do you think Larry means when he finishes his talk with the word “unless?”
    1. I think that Larry means that we are our own barriers, that nothing is holding ourselves back but our own insecurities. We can continue to have all these goals, but they are meaningless of we use the excuse “unless.” To achieve success, we have to overcome ourselves first.

Now for a question for all of you guys: what is your plan to achieve your “purpose” in life. If you do not know what your purpose is, what is your plan to achieve your next goal?

Week 1- On Purpose

Week 1- On Purpose

It is very important to know your purpose in life. Knowing your purpose in life will keep you from giving up because you know why you are doing the things you are doing. In my opinion you could have more than one purpose in life. My main purpose in life is to follow my passion and to do what I love to do no matter what one may say. Since I love helping, being around and working with children I plan to make a vast difference in their lives by making sure they’re physically and mentally healthy. Becoming a successful pediatrician will allow me to fulfill my main purpose in life because it’s one of my passions and something I feel like I would love to do.  When we live a passion-filled life we are living on purpose and I feel like that is the purpose of life. When you feel disconnected from your life, you tend to lack purpose and passion. I will maintain my purpose in life by staying true to myself and my religion.

I tend to not use excuses in my life or I try not to. A common excuse I may have is, “Oh, I’ll do that later.” I don’t use that excuse often because I know it will only hinder me in the long run and stop me from accomplishing my goals. I have always been taught that “excuses will always be there for you, opportunity won’t.” I want to work toward my dreams and goals so I can be able to have several opportunities and not have excuses be the reason that I don’t accomplish them.

When Larry finishes his talk with the word “unless” I believe he meant to give the audience an opportunity to dig deep within themselves to find out what their purpose is. He wanted us to try to figure out what our true values and goals were so we would be able to figure out our purpose in life because “life without purpose isn’t worth examining.” Do you agree with this quote? Why or why not?

 

Week 1 – On Purpose

Week 1 – On Purpose

  1. What do you think your purpose is? How will you find it if you don’t know? How will you maintain or change it if you do know?
  2. What excuses do you use in your life? How can you combat against these excuses and continue to push forward toward your passion?
  3. What do you think Larry means when he finishes his talk with the word “unless?”

Everyone has a different purpose in life that could have been shaped by factors including the ways we were raised when we were younger or how the environment around us may have played a role during our teenage years. My purpose in life is to live life to its fullest and to help others, and while it may differ from that from my peers, I think the best way to find out your purpose is to explore and stay open to new things.

Some of the excuses I find myself using in my life include sayings like “I’ll just do it tomorrow” or “I don’t think I can do it because it’s too hard”- these sayings are just so natural for us to use on a daily basis during instances when we simply try to put off doing something, or just don’t believe in ourselves to accomplish those goals. Even though it’s easier said than done, the easiest way to combat these excuses is just to try. There’s no failure in just trying something out, and who knows, we might be better than we presumably thought we’d be. We can’t let something small discourage us from even attempting to pursue our goals and it’s our jobs as a society to encourage one another to take that step of courage and take action.

When Larry finishes his Ted talk with the word “unless”, he wants to leave his audience with the idea that “unless we change our perspectives/fear of failing” we won’t be able to accomplish all the great things in life such as pursuing our passions or taking chances. In similarity to Brene’s Brown concept in Rising Strong, Smith emphasizes the idea that we (everyone) will fail, and that we will look ridiculous at times, but if we don’t try, we essentially won’t have a successful career.

Week 1: On Purpose

Week 1: On Purpose

Although it’s relatively soon in my life to be completely certain of my complete purpose in life, I believe that I have found one of my purposes when I was working at a daycare a few years ago – impacting the lives of others. I have always had a desire to help those around me and that is one of my main inspirations to become a doctor. But even more than that I strive to touch the lives of others in ways outside of providing them health care. I hope to travel and meet people whose lives are very different than mine and embrace their cultures and ways of finding happiness. To help this purpose of mine flourish I work every day to keep this goal in mind. My success would be being able to reach out to people all over the world and I keep that with me through all of the work I put in for school and other things.

A common excuse I find myself using is that I’m just “too busy” and that is what I put my procrastination off on. But truly, I have so much time I could be using more wisely and I really need to keep that in mind. Anytime I get off track I need to remind myself that I’m here and I’m here to succeed.

I believe Strecher uses the word “unless” at the end of his talk to remind us that nothing is certain in our lives. He wants us to know that there are going to be many obstacles, but these obstacles are not impossible to overcome. I believe he wants us to know that we can accomplish anything, even when all of the odds are against us.

My question for the group is: do you think we have one sole purpose or do you think life is about discovering the multiple purposes that make each one of us who we are?

Week 1 – On Purpose

Week 1 – On Purpose

1.What do you think your purpose is? How will you find it if you don’t know? How will you maintain or change it if you do know?
Although I do not know the exact path that I am meant to travel, I believe that my broad purpose in life is to help others. This is why I am so drawn to the health care industry; it is all about curing others and assisting them to the best of our ability. For me, there is no greater joy than being the reason that someone smiles, and this is what drives me to maintain my purpose. I know it is impossible to bring happiness to everyone’s life in this huge world, especially one filled with so much despair, but every person that I affect positively will remind me of the reason that I am here and will motivate me to continue my purpose.
2.What excuses do you use in your life? How can you combat against these excuses and continue to push forward toward your passion?
I frequently tell myself that I do not have enough time to put in all the hard work that is required to succeed, but in reality I spend lots of time on unnecessary activities. I put aside my responsibilities for pastimes that I find enjoyable, but they are not my passion. To combat against these excuses, I have to remind myself about my purpose in life and that my passion is what I need to fulfill that purpose.
3.What do you think Larry means when he finishes his talk with the word “unless?”
My interpretation of the word “unless” is that it is never too late to chase our passion again. If a certain career is truly your passion, nothing should stop you from reaching it, even if there was a large break along the way.
My question for everyone is how do you know when you have found your passion in life, and is it possible to have multiple passions?

Week 1-On Purpose

Week 1-On Purpose

When one asks someone what their purpose in life is, they can’t always expect a simple answer. It’s quite difficult to pinpoint that one thing that your life on earth is supposed to be devoted to. For me, I don’t think I can really know for sure. I’ve hardly experienced what life has to offer. But, I believe to find one’s purpose, you find something that gives you fulfillment and joy beyond anything else. I’ve found a joy like this when I serve others. I’ve been told by others that I have a gift for working with and understanding children. Perhaps this is my purpose. I plan to explore the things that bring me joy in life and pursue a career in medicine and working with children.

I often find myself preventing myself from trying new things or taking risks because I’m afraid of failure, vulnerability, and not being ready or skilled enough. I counteract this by being optimistic, being more comfortable with vulnerability, and knowing that it’s okay to fail. I am learning to take risks because I know that it will only lead me to the goals I have for myself and to a life of happiness.

I found Larry’s choice to end the talk with unless interesting. The unless gives the audience the chance to look into themselves and think about what excuses they are making, and about how they can pursue their passion in their career in life.

Week 1 – On Purpose

Week 1 – On Purpose

To answer the question of what I think is “my purpose” is very challenging. I have not fully figured out what my purpose is yet, but what I do know is that I really enjoy working with kids and helping people. I feel that I can do this through practicing medicine; however, I am not one-hundred percent sure that this is my passion because I have had minimal experience. Thus, I would like to gain more experience while exploring other options outside my comfort zone to make sure that medicine is my true passion. The main excuses I have made are that I am sleeping/too lazy to do the work necessary to follow my passion or that I am not smart enough to be divergent from the status quo. The best way I can think of to combat my laziness is to think about how each step in my career brings me closer to my passion. Larry’s conclusion to his talk with the word “unless” leaves the audience with a cliffhanger in the middle of a phrase because each person has own unique ending to that sentence. The key is finding and knowing the right combination of words to complete it, catered to their specific self and interests.

Week 1- On Purpose

Week 1- On Purpose

  1. What do you think your purpose is? How will you find it if you don’t know? How will you maintain or change it if you do know?
  2. What excuses do you use in your life? How can you combat against these excuses and continue to push forward toward your passion?
  3. What do you think Larry means when he finishes his talk with the word “unless?”

My purpose in life is a concept that I’ve never thought about well other than the religious aspect of it. Thinking about it now makes me realize that I don’t actually have one yet. I think this is due to being in the same environment for almost all of my life as well as having no real mentor (career wise) in my life. There’s my father who is the person that I try to mimic most of my personality traits. Things like being honest, caring, trustworthy, hardworking and an all around great guy. However, life never gave him the opportunity to think about his passions so he just works for family. I think I’ll be able to find it if I go out and experience things out of my comfort zone or things that are just different.

I have used many excuses throughout my life from the real to the ridiculous. Usually, I blame it on my laziness or do the mistake of comparing myself to others (because everyone is different). I combat these excuses by just picturing myself at the end goal whatever it might be and see the reactions of my friends and family. It gives me a very big morale boost. At the end of the TED talk, I believe Larry finishes it with “unless” to get the audience thinking of what they can do in order to have a great career. People learn more when they come up with the solution themselves rather than getting the answer hand fed. My question for you all is how has your role model who ever it might be, helped your path to finding a purpose?