One Commentary on Obama’s Health Care Plan

The following was a “letter to the editor” in an August 29th Jackson, MS newspaper.

Dear Sirs:

“During my last night’s shift in the ER, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient with a shiny new gold tooth, multiple elaborate tattoos, expensive hair weave, a very name brand/expensive brand of tennis shoes and a new cellular telephone equipped the net and texting, including her favorite R&B tune for a ringtone.

Glancing over the chart, one could not help noticing her payer status: Medicaid. She smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and, somehow, still has money to buy beer.

And our Congress expects me to pay for this woman’s health care? Our nation’s health care crisis is not a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. It is a crisis of culture — a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on vices while refusing to take care of one’s self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. A culture that thinks “I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me”..Life is really not that hard. Most of us reap what we sow.

Don’t you agree?

My personal thought is that Dr. Jones is correct. We have a culture crisis and as a nation are failing to even keep the ten commandments. We have a desperate need to repent of our flagrant materialism (pointing the finger at myself here) and other national sins and turn back to God, asking him for help and wisdom to guide us out of this crisis and back into sound thinking and living. On the other hand, “the poor have ye with you always.” God also calls us to compassionately help those who are in need. Let’s pray for ourselves, our nation, and our leaders to look to God for the wisdom to make right decisions and the grace to live them out.

3 thoughts on “One Commentary on Obama’s Health Care Plan

  1. Jesus never looked at how people dressed or counted their tattoos, or condemned their smoking etc. He didn’t point his finger at them and become the moralist, in fact he said: Let those who are without sin throw the first stone. He looked at the heart and saw why they behaved the way they did.
    There will always be people who will abuse the system and make us mad that we have to pay for them, but there will be people who really need the help and health care would make their worries less. As a European I value our system of solidarity with the sick, even if it does cost us a lot of momey. Sure, it has a lot of problems, but I am very glad we have it.

  2. Dear Kathy,

    After reading what I wrote, I think my plunging into the matter might sound very abrupt. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it to be this way. I found your blog interesting and spent a lot of time thinking about it. I hope I didn’t offend you. I just love your blogs and love you too. Sarah

  3. No, your answer didn’t offend me. I think poor people need compassionate help. Truly, I think the role of government should be to provide justice and “insure domestic tranquility”…not be the means of caring for the needs of the poor, sick, and elderly. I’m thinking the church and families should be doing that…but obviously this is no longer happening. Rather than have the government take over, I think we need to start taking individual and corporate responsibility for our families and neighbors…on a national scale. Don’t know how to turn things around, though!

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