Health Care Reform

I’ve had arguments with friends on both sides of this issue, and I hear the same things over and over.  One thing few people are talking about is this: is it our moral responsibility to make sure all citizens have access to health care, regardless of their ability to pay?  I think we can get into any real debate abotu the pros and cons, we need to convince the American people of this one simple thing.

With the Christian Right, we just need to remind them of their own words over and over again.  What WOULD Jesus do?  Did he ask for payment when he raised Lazarus from the dead?  When he laid hands on the blind, did he ask them to go and find him a coin immediately thereafter?  Or did he heal those who needed healing, without question, without demand?  Jesus would be on the side of universal health care, and I think he would be appalled that we don’t have it already.

With others, I’ve heard two major arguments.  1.  People have to wait in Canada and England for months, sometimes for years, for surgeries they need.  2. The Federal Government is inefficient and we don’t want them running anything.  My answers are as follows: 1. People DIE in the United States, the WEALTHIEST country in the world, because they cannot afford health care or their insurance companies turn down life-saving procedures.  and 2. I’m pretty sure that in the Declaration of Independence our Founding Fathers mentioned something about what should be done about  ineffective governments.  If we are to hold to the sacred documents which make out country what it is today, doesn’t it stand to reason that we should be forcing a change within our government if we truly believe that it’s not working for us anymore?


9 Responses to “Health Care Reform”

  1. June 30, 2009 at 9:41 am

    I am one of the few conservatives that I know who has long favored some form of universal health care. I have a son who is close to dying bit by bit, of liver disease. He was told by his doctor that no liver specialist will usually see a patient who is on Medicaid (He doesn’t even have that). I shudder at some of the results of Universal Health in other countries, but I shudder even more at the lack of it in ours.

    The trouble is, that you can’t keep it out of the hands of venal politicians, and incompetent bureaucrats. I confess, I am frightened at the Obama proposals that I have heard, because I am sure that the carry over from the British system would eliminate myself and my wife from essential care. On the other hand, as a Medicare customer, who am I to complain about a government system.???????

  2. June 30, 2009 at 11:23 am

    All I know is, the US needs it and Obama has something like a plan.

  3. August 1, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I should probably point out her, because it needs to be said, even as we need a change in those who “represent” us, that such a change is exactly what the some of the looniest on the Right (or the most cunning on the right, depending) are advocating also. We still need change, but beware of how it’s done and who does it. Change for change’s sake only works okay, and only if people are ready to change again at any time.

  4. August 1, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Something’s wrong with your comment section, because the comment I see above is one I made on the previous post.

  5. August 1, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Sorry, I’m an idiot, it’s not.

  6. August 16, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I have been thinking of you. Hope your summer is ending up well.

  7. September 7, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Sounds silly because I have become very lax on posting, but with all the crap that was going on back in June when you first posted this, your absence from your blog is very troubling. Please know (if you look back here again, yourself, that there are lots of people who care, and are thinking about you. Be strong and be safe.

  8. September 8, 2009 at 5:44 am

    I echo what three score has said!

  9. July 17, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation?
    My blog has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my agreement. Do you know any ways to help protect against content from being stolen? I’d
    certainly appreciate it.

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