Author: Elizabeth

The National Health Care Debate: Will Americans Finally Have A Public Option?

The national health care debate has sparked quite a bit of controversy as well as strong emotions in U.S. citizens. The unemployed, underemployed, and working poor all need accessible and affordable health care. Even those who are already insured have quite a few problems with the current insurance model and are completely for health care reform.

Health Care Reform

Though Americans are closer than ever before to having a more cost-effective and higher quality health care system, there are still obstacles that need to be overcome.

The first obstacle is those few people who are opposing health care reform. The true reason that they do not want this reform to happen is money. It is about the fact that they have investments somewhere in the health care industry and they are afraid of losing money. In their view, if health care becomes cheaper, then their investments will lose value.

However, one can’t help but wonder if this is a truly a reason to keep sacrificing thousands of lives every year. In the United States 101,000 people die each year as a result of the current health care system. These deaths are considered preventable as the people who die have treatable conditions. In a study conducted by Commonwealth Fund involving 19 industrial nations, researchers found that of the health care systems in developed nations, the United States ranked at number 19.

Universal Health Care

Universal health care would not only solve a majority of the issues that citizens are having with the current health care system, but it would also solve several of the economic issues that Americans are facing today.

More than 60% of bankruptcies in the United States are caused by medical bills. Even patients who are insured can become overwhelmed with medical bills due to the fact that most insurance coverage is highly limited.

Another issue that people are facing is the fact that there is no real regulatory authority over the insurance industry. Health insurance providers also face a very limited amount of competition, which is part of the reason that the insurance rates continue to increase as drastically as they do.

Read Also: Facts About Fibromyalgia: Identifying And Treating Chronic Fibromyalgia Pain.

Why is the Health Care Bill Important?

Simply put, the health care bill would be put in place to accomplish two tasks:

  • Create new laws that would regulate insurance companies.
  • Provide affordable health insurance to all American citizens, regardless of their health conditions.

A public option would help drive down costs by competing with insurance companies. There would also be new laws put in place to protect people from being taken advantage of by the insurance companies.

Health care reform is important because it will save lives, improve the economy, and improve the quality of life for all American citizens.

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Facts About Fibromyalgia: Identifying And Treating Chronic Fibromyalgia Pain

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a disorder which causes chronic pain throughout the body. It may also cause fatigue and sleep disturbances, which in turn can lead to depression. The National Fibromyalgia Association identifies fibromyalgia as a syndrome rather than a disease. By their definition, a disease has definite symptoms and a specific cause. A syndrome has a collection of symptoms which may cause medical problems, but they are not related to an identifiable cause.

Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

Many people with FM have spent years going from one doctor to another in search of an explanation for the pain they feel, but since there are no specific laboratory tests for fibromyalgia, the diagnosis must be made on the basis of clinical observations. According to Mayo Clinic, the presence of tenderness at specific points over the body is a strong indicator of fibromyalgia and may be sufficient for a diagnosis if other causes of the persistent pain have been ruled out.

Causes of Fibromyalgia

No one knows exactly what causes fibromyalgia, but it tends to run in families. Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men, and the risk of developing it increases with age. It is suspected that infections or trauma may trigger it, but this theory has not been proved.

Treatment of Fibromyalgia

New prescription drugs to treat fibromyalgia pain are available, but drug therapy is only one part of a comprehensive treatment program. Stretching and regular, gentle exercise are key components in managing pain and avoiding stiffness. Getting enough rest is also important. If lack of sleep is a problem, medications can be prescribed to help. Physical therapy, massage, acupuncture and yoga can be helpful adjuncts to standard treatment.

In spite of the help available from the medical community, the day-to-day work of managing the chronic pain of fibromyalgia must be done by the patient. Self help must begin upon diagnosis. Each person has to find the combination of medicines and therapies that work best for him or her. Some changes in life style may be necessary, and a more relaxed attitude cultivated. The support and understanding of family and friends is important in order to avoid the depression which sometimes comes from dealing with a chronic condition.


At the present time, there is no cure for fibromyalgia, but it is no longer being ignored or treated as a figment of the patient’s imagination. According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved three new drugs for the treatment of FM since 2007, and others are on the way. In addition, there is more research being done on FM now than at any time in the past.