I’m not by nature political; there is a reason I don’t blog about my views about who should be President or anything else with politics attached—the reason is I do not care to talk about politics. And honestly, if you want to know what I believe about anything, then I’ll answer you the same: I believe what the Bible teaches.
And yet, I find myself at ends with health care reform, partly because I believe it’s more than a political issue—it’s a moral one.
For the past several days, I have talked with way too many conservative Christians who somehow do not see the correlation between being Christian and supporting health care reform.
If you believe in Jesus Christ—if you believe in his teachings—then supporting healthcare reform, of any kind, should be a no brainer.
I don’t care if this bill ruins this country; I don’t care if it puts every business out of business; I don’t care if it bankrupts it all. If you believe in the Bible, then all of that is meaningless! I put God before country, and not the other way around.
What I find most disappointing and shameful is the people who support a bill that helps the poor are largely people who do not call themselves Christians. It seems lately that non-Christians find it easier to follow the example of Jesus Christ then Christians do.
Christians used to stand on the side of the party sometimes referred to as the Compassionate Party, but a little thing called abortion made them step away. I believe both sides are inherently evil.
What’s alarming is parts of this bill seem more conservative then liberal. Conveniently, I have yet to hear the likes of Sarah Palin speak about how this reform bill actually puts money aside for abstinence education. Why should she? She’d rather politicized her handicap son by spreading lies about how this bill is going to basically kill him.
If you don’t believe we should pay higher taxes to help the 1 out of 4 Americans without health care, then I hope, at the very least, we should pay higher taxes to help the 3 out of 4 that do.
Americans pay, on average 2 times more on prescription medicine than any other country in the world. This bill makes it easier to get generics in the marketplace. Health insurance premiums have rose to alarming rates; this bill will be competition to the market. Everyone has heard the horror stories of people who pay insurance for ten plus years, only to get denied coverage because they claimed the condition was somehow preexisting before they got insurance; it’s common practice, but this bill is the first one to ever come along that can stop it.
In four years every American will be required to have insurance—but that’s only part of this bill. A larger part is what it will do for those who already have it.
We live in, supposedly, the greatest country in the world—and yet over half of bankruptcies happen because of health related expenses, even higher are the number of lives that could be saved if they could have afforded to see a doctor earlier in their illness.
I’ve paid for my own health care for over five years; so has my wife. And yet, when we get sick we still go to a cheap clinic because we cannot afford to see the family doctor we saw while as kids—our insurance isn’t good enough for that. We have no co-payments, and lousy deductibles. Usually, if we get sick we just suck it up and hope to get over it soon because we just can afford the visit and the medications that follow.
The trouble is too many people are getting their news from 30 second sound bites that have conservatives rambling on about things that are either not true or taken out of context. And because they say they are Christians, people believe them.
Say what you want about this bill, but I hope you actually take the time to educate yourself with what it actually says, and not what people tell you it says.
It made sense when Christians staged protest against gay marriage—against abortion—against evolution in school. But this? This has drawn bigger protest then all those things combined! And it’s about helping people!
Millions of people are crying out for help—and not a single Republican thought the time was appropriate to help them. Is paying more for taxes to pay for this thing bad? Honestly, I think we deserve the higher taxes for the way we’ve behaved.