Keep in mind that these rules are only for Ragnarok Only. I can tell you that I do not remember using a healing poem at Rag in the last 14 years. Thats why is looked upon as useless rule. I know that many chapters use it but also have other rule changes for their chapter that do not reflect in Ragnarok.
I was healed at Rag 24. It's very useful in the fighting on the sidelines, if not in the main shieldwall.
I, like Ichiro, feel like there might be a trend happening here, where healing is starting to reappear at many of the smaller events and slowly creep back into the mainstream. I don't know if this is the case or not.
I don't know if this proposal could pass RWC or not - I suspect Athron has the breakdown right in his sarcastic 40/20/40 split between yeas/nays/wtf? above. But there are a number of people posting in this thread from all across the country and from many chapters who have been upset at the idea of removing these rules. As they currently aren't hurting anyone, and as many people are enjoying this part of Dagorhir (which, admittedly, the majority of Dag participants don't focus on), I don't see why we should strike them from the rule book. It would be different if a few people were having fun with a part of the rules that was spoiling everyone else's enjoyment of Dagorhir, but that's not the case here.