Following Jesus Christ, we should hear two things loud and clearly: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.
Yet, when we have the debate about changes that are needed in our medical system, we always revert to our political leanings. We always fear communism or socialism. We automatically hold onto those things more dearly than our neighbors need for being able to see a doctor. We have kids with H1N1 who don't have their own doctor because they cant' afford their own doctor. Sure, they can go to the ER and be seen. That isn't the point. The point is that we hold to our political positions over and against realizing our love for our neighbors should trump all other things in this debate.
Thus, the issues of doctors pay, taxes, who pays, tort reform should all become secondary to caring for our neighbor. We really can't seem to get to the point where 'Love your neighbor as yourself" becomes the driving issue in this debate.
I hear taxes, communism, socialism, taxes, and a hundred other things that keep us from reform. Yet, it should be followers of Jesus who are holding our second commandment front and center.
but it seems that since we don't really know how to change the system, we become immobilized. We don't want to be disloyal to our political roots, and we don't want to be disloyal to our friends, so we don't hold 'Love your neighbor as yourself' front and center.
We are scared of changes in our medical system, but consider this:
~ We allow our parents and grandparents to be covered by Medicare once they are 65 or whenever they qualify. We prefer saving the money to having them continue with their current health care providers. Why is it o.k. for our government to take care of them if we are so opposed to it?
~ Why is our fear of communism or socialism a bigger motivating factor than caring for our neighbor?
~ Why are we continually 'fine' with 10-30% increases in our heath insurance every year. THIS IS NOT SUSTAINABLE!!!