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Accommodating All
Call to Expand the
Meaning of Universal
Health Care
Practitioners of alternative therapies
intent on influencing the health care
reform process continue to petition
Congress to think of health care as more
than just medical care—and to allow
insurance companies to provide coverage for their holistic treatments.
In 2007, a survey of 18 major HMOs and insurance providers revealed signs
of progress: 14 of them covered at least 11 of 34 alternative physical therapies,
the most common being chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, biofeedback
and naturopathy. Coverage varies by state, but experts expect insurance policies
The best way to detoxify is to stop
will follow demand. Estimates put current annual spending on complementary and
putting toxic things into the body and
alternative therapies at $33 billion.
depend upon its own mechanisms.
President Obama has expressed willingness to at least consider a role for
~ Andrew Weil
some alternative therapies in universal health care, but has set a tough standard.
He told a town meeting in Missouri, “My attitude is that we should do what
works… I will let the science guide me.”
Are you in pain?
Lobby to retain the people’s right to choose their own health care at HealthRevo-
lutionPetition.org. News sources: Time.com; SixWise.com
E
verywhere we travel, we find that
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