Third Mission: Public Policy

A Modest Complementary Universal Basic Income (UBI) for all low and modest income Americans would secure the Constitutional requirement relative to the equal access to Basic Health Rights and help to Restore the Crippled Republic as well as the Economy

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” — Albert Einstein 

The Institute focuses on multiple public health policies, from preventive medicine, holistic lifestyle policies, to hygiene measures, depollution efforts, soil regeneration, organic agriculture, sustainability, stress management, quality food, education, fitness programs and, inter alia, Governmental reform.

A Modest Universal Basic Income to Satisfy the People’s Basic Health Rights

In this realm, one of the most under-estimated public health policy goal is to request from responsible public servant-agents to enact and implement a universal basic income (UBI) entitlement program that is long overdue. (1) Because no matter how efficient and holistic medical standards of care are, without being able to afford equal access to a safe, cost-friendly and efficient holistically-oriented medical system, durable prosperity, wellbeing and happiness  are unattainable conditions. (2)

The Engine of Greed

The engine of this tsunami of unemployment and misdevelopment comes from the millennia-old social inequality greed-driven “system of things”. Its mechanism is straightforward.

While 95 percent of the People continue to suffer and struggle to exist, the one to five percent of the Nation, who control most of the Planet and People’s resources, compete among themselves in order to maximize profits and ambition. Since there is more profitability to be made and power to accumulate in speculation, outsourcing and automation, these corporate entities and their CEOs willingly choose to replace workers with machines and third world slave labor markets. Futhermore, there is a structural tendency to manufacture toxic and breakable products so as to produce more profits. This measure is called “built-in obsolescence”. All of this nefariously affects the Earth’s eco-systems as well as public health and the People’s fundamental rights, including the right to benefit from meaningful work and wellbeing, which including being protected from pollution and chronic stress. Even the CDC admited that chronic stress was and continues to be the driver to all  chronic diseases

Without a minimum of Purchasing Power, the People’s Health Rights can not be protected

Thus, to protect and promote the People’s right to equal access to real medicine, in this case holistic and happiness medicine, the Government needs to guarantee everyone the ability to satisfy his or her basic needs via a reasonable universal basic income.  

One of the key  issues centers on the funding of this policy. Depending on what the People decide, the UBI could be financed by the “convenient” Federal Debt system, via fair taxation, via a  wealth tax imposed on the 1 to 5 percent of the population, but proportionately to the size of the wealth and on the basis of how this wealth was gained. For example, for those mega companies who bought an abundance of the Nation’s resources via political bribes and then stashed the cash in foreign havens while outsourcing jobs should be persuaded to finance this UBI resoration mechanism with high wealth taxes, more so than other mega-corporations who have benefited the national economy and its People.

From the People’s standpoint, an efficient working UBI means that everyone in the no-low-mid income categories would benefit from a legally binding entitlement to receive a reasonably calculated monthly check to cover their basic needs, including the need to detoxify from rampant pollution most mainstream Government officials have been statutorily allowing. Other countries, notably in Europe have had some successful results with this policy (See book on Holistic Governance, still pending).

Through this institutional “allowance” and “Keynsian purchasing tool” mechanism, the evidence shows that we would be able to fix the crippled welfare and health-care systems as well as to create growth and wealth Nation-wide. (Evidence pending completion of the HG book)

We would even be in a position to foster Peace among the Nations of the World, while guaranteeing 95 percent of Americans a monthly and reasonable basic income check that would help to minimize the huge costs of being sick, stressed and without meaningful employment.

To receive UBI checks, two conditions may have to be met. First, a show of financial hardship. And second, the willingness to adopt a holistic lifestyle via active workshop training and the like.

Once the United States could prove that UBI public policy works for its own People, it would be easier to export the American UBI model to the other Nations, thanks to which one of the conditions to the “Peace among Nations”  objective would be seeded.

Evidence

In this perspective, a team of economists from the Roosevelt Institute concluded that a guaranteed UBI income of $1,000 a month for all Americans would accelerate U.S. economic growth by an additional 12.56% over eight years if it were financed by increased federal debt. (Source). And if it were financed by taxes, it would still be a win-win. (3)

Given today’s costs of living, this universal basic income should start at 1 k  per month for the struggling middle class and increase to 2 and 3,000 dollars per month for the “good faith” destitute who will show compliance to a holistic lifestyle. Given the ruling class’ decades-long abuses and unpatriotism, this compensatory measure should be proportionately financed by a wealth tax directed to the top five percent. If FDR’s Congress passed a 97 percent wealth tax for the war effort, then it’s legitimate for the People to request a high wealth tax for the Nation’s restoration of its basic needs and health.

Furthermore, the evidence that Happiness Medicine Institute has accumulated demonstrates that thanks to an equitable and meaningful UBI system and related public policies, there would be millions of Americans whose chronic stress, depression and related diseases would massively decrease.

With more funds via UBI, families of disabled and diseased patients could take better care of their tribe members, especially with holistic & happiness medicine, rather than costly hospital institutions where over 400,ooo thousand Americans die per year from nosocomial causes, infections often triggered iatrogenically by conventional medicine and another (+) 250,000 Americans die per year as a result of Conventional Medicine’s “errors”. (Source).

It’s been calculated that in just a few years from now, the Government’s sick-care system will cost 4 trillion dollars per year. As Buffet said years ago, this tapeworm system is not sustainable. This sick-care system may be quite profitable for those individuals who profit from the misery of others, misery and diseases they often create, but for the majority of the People, the present health system is a catastrophe.

“The pharmaceutical market is very avid to intervene in all aspects of human behavior, nutritional, sexual, cosmetics, sleep, wellness… Given that this market is absolutely gigantic, the intent is to leave no human activity out of medicine’s reach. At the same time, we are witnessing an absolute disdain against alternative ways to live and be treated which are not Western. Without defending alternative medicine, i want to simply say that our contemporary medicine is incapable of addressing the majority of our diseases”. (Dr and Professeur Didier Sicard, former department chief at Cochin Hospital and French President of the National ethics committee)

Those who control the United States’ two parties system have consistently violated the Internationally recognized health rights of the Majority of Americans

The right to health is a fundamental part of international law, which is via Article 6 of the Federal Constitution the “Supreme Law of the Land”.  This right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health is not new. Internationally, it was first articulated in the 1946 Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO), whose preamble defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. The preamble further states that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.”

The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights also mentioned health as part of the right to an adequate standard of living (art. 25). The right to health was again recognized as a human right in the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Since then, other international human rights treaties have recognized or referred to the right to health or to elements of it, such as the right to medical care. The right to health is relevant to all States: every State of the International Community, including the United States has ratified at least one international human rights treaty recognizing the right to health. Moreover, States have committed themselves to protecting this right through international declarations, domestic legislation and policies, and at international conferences.

In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to the right to the highest attainable standard of health, for instance by human rights treaty-monitoring bodies, by WHO and by the Commission on Human Rights (now replaced by the Human Rights Council), which in 2002 created the mandate of Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. These initiatives have helped clarify the nature of the right to health and how it can be achieved.

The right to health is an inclusive right. We frequently associate the right to health with access to health care and the building of hospitals. This is correct, but the right to health extends further. It includes a wide range of factors that can help us lead a healthy life.  The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the body responsible for monitoring the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, calls these the “underlying determinants of health”. (4) They include: Safe drinking water and adequate sanitation; Safe food; Adequate nutrition and housing; Healthy working and environmental conditions; Health-related education and information; Gender equality. The right to health contains freedoms. These freedoms include the right to be free from non-consensual medical treatment, such as medical experiments and research or forced sterilization, and to be free from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The right to health contains entitlements. These entitlements include: opportunity for everyone to enjoy the highest attainable level of health;  The right to prevention, treatment and control of diseases; Access to essential medicines;  Maternal, child and reproductive health; Equal and timely access to basic health services; The provision of health-related education and information; Participation of the population in health-related decision- making at the national and community levels. (5)

Furthermore, as the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights has recognized long ago, (cf its Article 28 being a central one), everyone whose Nation is a member of the U.N. is entitled to the equal access to dignity and basic needs.  There can be no dignity, let alone health without the satisfaction of basic needs. This is an erga omnes obligation on the part of those who control the Government. (See reference note 11)

Yet, today in America, the majority of Americans have been pauperized and cannot satisfy most of their basic needs, including the most important human rights which is the right to have equal access to a meaningful health-care system. (See blog article). Despite Trump’s rhetoric, jobs have been massively outsourced to other countries and American workers have been replaced by machines. In this perspective, Carl Frey and Michael Osborne from the Oxford Martin School calculated that 47% of jobs in the US are at risk of being automated “relatively soon, perhaps the next decade or two”. (Source) Concomitantly, chronic diseases have oppressed  50 percent of Americans, that’s one in two. (Source). And soon, one in two Americans will be autistic. (Source). Meanwhile, the few Obamacare provisions that helped low and modest income Americans have been rescinded. (Source)

This means that those who control the Government’s machinery, and therefore the Laws are either grossly mismanaging the country or are treasonous in that they have willingly colluded with corporate criminal organizations to better strip the majority of the American People from their basic needs, their health and their resources in order to better control them while continuing to maximize profits, assets and arrogance.

The Dawn of a New Era

As the number of chronic diseased patients would massively decrease, the majority of hospitals and pharmaceutical corporations would go bankrupt. “Big Pharma” and its conventional medicine allies can not financially prosper without diseases and sick-care complications they often promote. Thus, once the People take back their sovereignty, politics and laws would have to change, if only because the majority of politician-lawmakers have continuously accepted political bribes from  Pharma corporate entities in order to finance their election campaigns. With massive bankrupties, these corporate giants would no longer be able to finance corruption.

The People can both express their sovereignty and promote this historical “Big Pharma” Bankruptcy need by refusing to purchase allopathic drugs (most, some are ok) and by embracing “do-no-harm-bio-terrain” modalities of sustainable people-friendly medicine (holistic, integrative, functional, acupuncture, complementary, “cam”, naturopathy etc). The Bible millennia ago did warn us about the evil nature of Pharma entities, (6) but most world political and health-care leaders chose greed-based medical and public health systems which have been leading the People, like sheep, to a destiny of misery, disease and early death.

As a consequence, once most of the sick-care medical system is fully bankrupted and partially banned by responsible lawmakers, there will be more health, more vitality, more  joy, fewer accidents (including serial mass killings who are almost always on anti-depressants) and happier people, one consequence of which would be the eradication of all chronic disease epidemics and pandemics.

When that will happen, the sick-care “tapeworm” system Warren Buffet talks about (which costs trillions of dollars each year) could be restructured so as to free trillions of dollars for the benefit of Life and healthy 120 years lifespans for all who choose to believe and nurture a culture of holistic and happiness lifestyle.  (7)

With these savings, not only could responsible Government representatives put in place the necessary conditions that would make Society’s chronic disease epidemics obsolete, but we would also have enough funds to meet the Nation’s environmental clean-up and soil regeneration agenda as well as to satisfy the People’s basic needs and their dignity, including, but not limited to the People’s endowed fundamental right to benefit from much more wellbeing and therapeutic leisure than what is presently allowed by those individuals who have usurped via bribery money and political ploys the United States’ government. (8) This public policy would also secure Future Generations’ rights to inherited a Planet that can still bear fruits. (9)

Once most of the Happiness Medicine Institute’s public health goals are met,  then the conditions for the emergence of a new spiritual and holistic era will be within reach. (10) But the first public health goal that needs to be addressed is the public health system which should to be revamped asap in accordance with international law. (11)

L’Chaim-Tovin-Ulshalom   (Hebrew for “To life and Peace”)

Christian Joubert (HMI director)

“Medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions, the results of which taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind. Water, air and cleanliness are the chief articles in my pharmacopeia”. Napoleon Bonaparte

Reference and precision Notes

(1). Elected officials who can sign executive orders and  legislators who make law would need to be persuaded to adopt this measure.  A universal basic income, or UBI, is a once-fringe policy proposal that has gained increasing public support in the U.S., including from many tech business leaders including Elon Musk of Tesla and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook. In part, the idea is appealing because it would help insulate workers against labor market shocks likely to be produced by innovations like self-driving cars, artificial intelligence and other forms of robotization that are scheduled to replace close to 50 percent of the workforce in the coming years. A basic income (also called basic income guarantee, Citizen’s Income, unconditional basic income, universal basic income (UBI), or universal demogrant) is a form of social security in which all citizens or residents of a country receive a regular, unconditional sum of money, either from a government or some other public institution, independent of any other income.  Once a country has been able to demonstrate the viability of this system, then this system could be implemented internationally.
(2). Money is one of the key, if not the key central element of the American health-care system as well as in individual medical clinics in the 50 States of the Union. For example, when a naturopathic, osteopathic or allopathic medical doctor leaves medical school, he or she usually has over 150,000 dollars of student loan debts to pay back. As such, his or her protocols normally reflect his need to bring in as much cash as he or she can get. Thus, without financial assistance from the State or a decent health insurance plan, most Americans would not have enough out of pocket money to finance  a meaningful health restoration plan.
(3). If the same UBI program were financed by increased redistributive taxes, the growth impact would be smaller, producing an additional 2.62% of GDP growth over 8 years. But the federal deficit would also, according to the model, shrink by 1.39%. In both scenarios, unemployment would also decrease according to the Roosevelt Institute.  (Source)  And according to the Happiness Medicine Institute, chronic diseases epidemics would concomitantly and substantially decrease as well.9). An expected social outcome from this proposed UBI would be a lot of cash. Because chronic diseases in the US costs over one trillion dollars and because a Happiness Medicine model and a Holistic Lifestyle System would put in place key habits and conditions that would avoid over 95 percent of these chronic diseases to surface, the People would be able to save over one trillion dollars per year. With a small amount of these funds, it would not be difficult to reverse most ongoing chronic diseases and have lots left for organic farming, energy sustainability and eco-development.  As a result, most communities could be sustainable, educated and prosperous, conditions which would nurture both health and happiness. In addition, modest-income People for the first time ever in the History of Humanity would be in a situation where they could better secure their long lifespan birth-right to over 120 years as they could use  part of these funds to finance a universal basic income policy for those who are struggling with too much telomere shortening stress as well as a rejuvenation retreat network. where people could get fit while getting certified and educated to stay fit and to teach holistic fitness in their communities. Without the satisfaction of basic needs and some semblance of holistic lifestyle training, it would  be impossible to achieve the People’s full Life potential of 120 years and beyond.
(4).  The Covenant was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 2200A (XXI) of 16 December 1966. It entered into force in 1976 and by 1 December 2007 had been ratified by 157 States.
(5).  Many of these and other important characteristics of the right to health are clarified in general comment N° 14 (2000) on the right to health, adopted by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
(6). “For by thy sorceries (pharmacea) were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth”. Rev. 18:23,24.
(7).  Some economists claim that if people live too long, the social security system and hence the government would get bankrupted. This is true, but only in today’s  modern governments, not in governments that would include the UBI system and other related institutions. Last year in 2016, Warren Buffet himself voiced the concern that the present health-sick-care system is already bankrupting the State. Just the anti-depressant market is worth over 15 billions dollars. (Source) If we add the cardiovascular, cancer and iatrogenic markets, we easily reach over two trillions of dollars of wasted resources.  In  holistic-based societies, none of these misguided pharmaceutical industries are be needed.
(8).  For starts, the Institute proposes a 4 days work-week and 2 months paid vacation per year under happy and healthy conditions, working meaningfully for a purposeful and ethical economic market. Furthermore, three weeks of these two months would be used for a 21 days paid health vacation where everyone would learn about the basics of holistic lifestyles and eco-communityWith more happiness and leisure,  trillions of saved additional dollars would  pour in the State’s public coffres, thanks to which the People could invest in building eco-communities for the benefit of hundreds of millions of the World’s indigent, most of whom are nothing less than victims of an aberrant greed-driven imperial and predatory economic system gone awry. A system that ravages, in the name of “Democracy” just about everything on its path.  Furthermore, once the World’s indigent (including American indigent) get their economic and social self-sovereignty back, then there would necessarily be less frustration, depression, unhappiness amongst all of the World’s indigent, including Muslims. This means that terrorism and international armed conflicts as we know them today would have no reason to be. We could therefore accelerate global disarmament, including North Korea’s military structure, by collective force if needed. Thereafter, once a genuine collective security system would be permanently put in place, there would be no need to invest in weapons of mass destruction and war preparation, two economic sectors that continue to drain the economy and the People’s resources. As a consequence, trillions of additional dollars would be saved, much of which could be used for Life enhancement projects like tree planting and the blooming of the World’s deserts. Once the world’s deserts would start to blossom (including American deserts), rivers would  flow again, birds would multiply  and bees would return en masse. With more birds, bees, trees, flowers and green lush plants, there would necessarily be more prosperity, more holistic excellence, more health, more oxygen, less pollution and more Life for all to enjoy. At that point, there would be an unprecedented vibrational happening that would encourage Government leaders to significantly downsize their bureaucracies and cease interfering with the People’s fundamental rights to enjoy Life (joie de vivre), including the right to live in accordance with both their evolutionary design (120 years healthy lifespan) and the World Health Organization’s recommendations.“Health is more than the absence of diseases, it is  a state of physical, mental and social wellbeing” (W.H.O., Preamble of its Constitution).
(9). The World Wildlife Fund recently published a study showing that in the last 50 years, around 57 percent of Life (all species included) had been irreversibly destroyed by the decisions governmental experts had taken.
(10). The historian Arnold Toynbee spent over 60 years of his life showing that during the last 10,000 years, there have been only three types of civilizations: military, mercantile and spiritual. And within these three civilizations, there have been thousands of societies, most of which eventually got crippled and died. In light of the past, it is thus reasonable to assume that today’s narcissitstic and predatory based mecantile-militarist modern societies will not last. The Insittute’s job is to contribute in helping this “system of things” to peacefully evolve toward evolutionary and ethical progress.
(11). In international law,  an erga omnes oblication  has been used as a legal term describing obligations owed by states towards the community of states as a whole. An erga omnes obligation exists because of the universal and undeniable interest in the perpetuation of critical rights (and the prevention of their breach). Consequently, any state has the right to complain of a breach. Examples of erga omnes norms include piracy and genocide. The concept was recognized in the International Court of Justice’s decision in the Barcelona Traction case [(Belgium v Spain) (Second Phase) ICJ Rep 1970 3 at paragraph 33]: In this perspective, an essential distinction should be drawn between the obligations of a State towards the international community as a whole, and those arising vis-à-vis another State in the field of diplomatic protection. By their very nature, the former are the concern of all States. In view of the importance of the rights involved, all States can be held to have a legal interest in their protection; they are obligations erga omnes. [at 34] Such obligations derive, for example, in contemporary international law, from the outlawing of acts of aggression, and of genocide, as also from the principles and rules concerning the basic rights of the human person, including but not limited to the protection from slavery, from tyranny, from poverty, from State promoted diseases, from racial discrimination, from unfair legal procedures and from  mass poisoning via pollution, the food industry as well as pharmaceuticals and from any other State obstacle to the supreme self determination right the People have been endowed with. (In its opinion of 9 July 2004, the International Court of Justice found “the right of peoples to self-determination” to be a right erga omnes. The finding referred to article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations).

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