“What are the reasons, good or bad, that cancer means a half-million- or million-dollar tab? Why should a trip to the emergency room for chest pains that turn out to be indigestion bring a bill that can exceed the cost of a semester of college? What makes a single dose of even the most wonderful wonder drug cost thousands of dollars? Why does simple lab work done during a few days in a hospital cost more than a car? And what is so different about the medical ecosystem that causes technology advances to drive bills up instead of down?”
~ Excerpt from Time Magazine Article: Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us; Author, Steven Brill
Does this article make you feel powerless? It makes me feel sad, and distressed, and I sit here wondering:
“Who exactly is going to take care of this injustice and help the American people get treatment for the care they will most certainly will need?”
Unfortunately, I’m not coming up with any names, and, like many of us, unless I really sit down and think about this now – then it’s very likely I will make the grave mistake of thinking that I am immune to this issue, and continue along my merry way.
I have 1,382 facebook friends.
Odds dictate that three-hundred and forty-five of them will get cancer in their lifetime (One out of every four people in America will get cancer in their lifetime).
If this is the case, then three-hundred and forty-three of you (friends, and family members I love and care for) will be faced with exorbitant, and highly inflated medical bills that have been known to bankrupt families, or worse; have them unable to receive the medical attention that is necessary to help them, or that will greatly increase their chances for survival (Medical costs start out being reasonable, and are then “inflated” up to a Jimi Choo retail market prices- WTF? The ROI is making hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies ridiculously wealthy, and the American people – sick, and broke, and devastated).
The average Facebook user has two-hundred and fourteen friends.
If you are reading this post right now, and have a facebook account, then chances are- using this formula, potentially fifty-three of your friends will get cancer, and deal with the issues discussed in the article referenced above.
For the sake of utter horror, and all things wrong and completely inappropriate, I want you to perform this scary little exercise because I think it’s relevant. When it comes to grasping the gravity of an issue of this magnitude I have to think in the following terms and I think you should too, because if you are like me, at this point in the post you will tend to numb out, bail out, close the browser at this point and go on about your merry way thinking:
“I can’t think about this right now”.
“Someone needs to address this issue, and it’s not me”.
“This is not my problem, and is bringing me down..”
So just stay with me here, and for the sake of allowing me the honor of driving this home I want you to:
- Go through all of your Facebook friends.
- Choose FIFTY-THREE of them and mentally give them cancer (totally wrong, I know… what kind of friend are you?) (or, divide your number of friends by four and single out this exact amount).
- Once you’ve chosen which ones will get the big C, then I want you to think about how you are going to handle it when they tell you, or you read their FB status informing you.
- How you are going to be supportive now that you know what they must be going through based on what you now know to be the obstacles facing them?
- Now, let me know if you think that this problem is not your problem, and if you think it’s bringing you down now? Just wait.
It’s OUR problem.
This problem is OUR problem.
I’m posting about it today because it’s the “something” that I can do… and because without my peeps (you), then I can’t make much change happen,
Or can I?
I mean, this is how we tend to think – right? Like…
“how can I- ”wee- little-nothing” me, make a difference around a problem of this magnitude? After all- I’m just one little person in a
This isn’t really the conversation happening here, with those of you who read this blog, because here, in this place we call TRP, we believe that
Anything that is revealed, can be healed.
and we also believe that anything is possible if we dare to look at it, examine it, think about it, talk about it, and then….
share it with others.
Malcolm Gladwell calls it The Tipping Point, and describes how ideas can spread like viruses through the law of the few,
“The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts.” According to Gladwell, economists call this the “80/20 Principle, which is the idea that in any situation roughly 80 percent of the ‘work’ will be done by 20 percent of the participants.
Which is just another example of how little can be mighty…. just like you n’ me.
Here at TRP we also know, that you get what you tolerate, and that sharing our voice with others is important, powerful, and necessary, if we really want to make a ripple in the world. Those people who surround us are here with us because they want to support us, and listen to our voices when we have something important we want to say (and if not, you should un-friend them asap-this advice on the house).
Ok- take this wee-little nothing blog for example.
This wee-little-nothing blog maybe wee, but it is also mighty.
It has the power to start transformative conversations with wee-little-amazing-nobodies like you,
this wee-little-nothing blog post can be shared by you with other wee-little-nobodies, who can share it with other wee-little-nobodies….
If the average wee-little-nobody has two-hundred and fourteen facebook friends (those are the stats folks), and I begin this example by using the amazing wee-little-nobodies who read the TRP blog each day, then these 250-500 nobodies who share this post, and start this conversation- about how we can solve the issue of health care in America, then have the potential to touch an additional 53,500- 107,000 people!
Wait, that’s not all… if between 53,500-107,000 people touch this blog post today- what if they, then also share this post with their two-hundred and fourteen friends? That’s means that the possibility exists that between 11,449,000- 22,898,000 people may potentially bring this conversation into their marriage, family, playdates, athletic teams, schools, committees, and so on today… and potentially more…
…and if this is possible just by sharing a post today- what will be possible tomorrow?
Just by taking THIS moment right now to become more aware of this problem, is getting us all closer to a solution.
If just for today, you would dare to believe in that wee- little-nobody voice of yours, I bet that what you’ll find is this:
If enough of us wee-little-nobodies get together to honor this conversation about our healthcare crisis, that together, all of our good intention, desire for change, and the great love we hold for our fifty-three facebook friends (who certainly do not deserve, but will, I’m sure, forgive the mental cancer you just gave them) then our collective voices and awareness will someday soon, be enough to equal the somebody big enough, powerful enough, and smart enough to solve this problem.
Join the revelation and lets reveal what we want to heal….
We hold the intention to heal the broken health care system in America, and make healthcare affordable and available for everyone.
Share, wee-little-mighty one, share with fierce intention.