First, we need change. At the current rate of change of health care costs, it will cost an American family with a $100,000 income $30,000 for health care within the next ten years. Less than 40% of Americans make more than$100,000. Our costs are out of control for health care.
Secondly, as followers of Jesus, let us agree that we should care for our neighbors. We should care for their tooth aches, their stomach pains, and their pre-natal care regardless if they are married or not. We care for life; we care for people; we are followers of Jesus Christ; we honor the God of the creation.
Thirdly, we do not bow down to a political bent. Although all political parties, are interested, our concern is not for either a free-market of a socialist agenda. We are committed to our neighbors; we are committed to Yahweh. Thus, free market nor government sponsored heath care are our primary concern. This is secondary stuff. Both the free market and the government have failed our neighbors.
Fourth, we need a new way of thinking as well as living. For those who are against health care reform, I can only say, "really?" Do we really want to get to a point where 50% of our income goes to our heath care providers? We're already paying nearly as much for heath care as we pay in taxes. For a nation that prides itself on new ideas, invention, creativity, and leading the world, we are either in a coma or parallelized when it comes to fixing this mess. Nobody is willing to lead. AND I suspect it's because way tooo many people are making way too much money to really care.
Some people have suggested that the profit margins of hospitals are small. They are correct, but the infra-structures being built around the hospitals are gigantic. The health care profession is loaded with money and very wealthy health care professionals. There are plenty of people making a million bucks a year in this profession. There are not too many places that you can make the kind of money that the heath care profession provides.
At the end of the day, I am not denying that a lot of these health care providers work hard. So does our President and so does the migrant who is picking your dinner for next week. The President makes less than $200,000, and your veggie picker makes $7 bucks an hour without any benefits. Dont' tell me that the doctor with a second house in the mountains is more deserving. That's bunk. It's also a failure to recognize Jesus question, "Who is my neighbor?"
I'm not saying this is an easy issue, but I am saying this: As followers of Jesus, we should necessarily expect reform of some sort. The health care profession could have chosen to lead the way, but they chose not to do so. Stockholders were happy, or for whatever reason, the idea of re-creating how we think about heath care, was not a priority. Our President has pushed this issue, and it is now a priority. As followers of Jesus, let us lead the way forward. Let us think creatively while also embracing the thought that everyone in this nation is, indeed, my neighbor.