Thoughts concerning a previous administration are not important. How the ACA was initially implemented is neither here nor there. The perception of Medicaid to the casual observer is inconsequential.
Saving lives is the objective!
As we all know, the opioid epidemic in America is a mental health problem. Families are losing loved ones from this addiction. The numbers are tremendous.
Therefore, it is paramount that the ACA and Medicaid programs are expanded to help individuals help themselves with drug therapy and other tools these programs make available.
It would become detrimental to have the programs decreased/removed entirely for current enrollees. It is analogous to a highly effective prescribed medication leaving the market, suddenly, without a proven alternative as a replacement.
Do No Harm is an important aspect within the mental health community. It is a must that school of thought is adopted/enhanced by those who do the People’s work.
Since the January 10, 2014 posting, Psych Central: “Antibodies in GI Tract Linked to Greater Risk for Bipolar Illness”, research on gut bacteria has increased exponentially regarding how good bacteria plays a positive role for the mind and body, and in particular cognitive difficulties that can manifest from unhealthy bacteria. The following are links for additional literature concerning both kinds of bacteria:
The day will come when all of us will reflect on our lives. As is the case, most reflections are performed brutally honest. The following are important issues to consider:
Did we engage in the practice of lifting up others, or did we tear them down?
Will our nickname be called Peacemaker, or Instigator–always searching for problems to ignite?
Will we have the ability to describe ourselves long-tempered/even-tempered, or as individuals who should have entered anger management therapy long ago?
Are we positive role models worth emulating, or something else entirely?
In conflicts, and where appropriate, did we offer kindness (i.e., humor/ignoring/remaining silent) to defuse unpleasant situations, or were we always at the ready to argue, swing a punch?
Did we harbor intelligence, or a limited mind based upon disparaging comments spewed at others (and about others) on a regular basis?
Were we inclusive because we like people, or engage in anti-semitism, bigotry, prejudice, racism, homophobia predicated on self-hatred?
Did our attitudes and behaviors bring good people around us, or did good people run/scatter/perform u-turns to escape from us because of our foul attitudes and behaviors?
Did envy and a jealous nature live beneath us, or will these attributes have front-row chairs in our hearts and minds?
Shall we have understood that life pertained to long-term self-improvement, or utter such nonsense that we are examples of perfection itself?
Will we say that love, compassion for others have been the hallmark of our lives, or that we lived a life of selfishness? Can we say we were spending our lives making numerous attempts to become people our Heavenly Father can be proud of?
May everyone have peace, happiness, love, an abundance of life, and positive reflection on that special day.