This post is part of a synchroblog on Christian approaches to health care.
When it comes to the current health care reform debate I am totally dumbfounded that conservative Christians (for the most part) are against a public option and/or a universal health care plan. I understand how Christians can fall on both sides of the abortion issue or both sides of the same sex marriage issue (for the record I am pro-choice but not pro-abortion and I am in favor of legalizing same sex marriage) – but I do not understand how they can be against a public option and/or a universal health care plan and not have it conflict with their faith.
I know that there is contention over the issue of abortion but perhaps it should be considered that many of the private insurance carriers to whom we pay premiums presently cover abortion care.
I think the “socialistic” argument is bunk. We have medicare/medicaid and public schools – they are federally funded to educate and care for others and no one calls them socialism.
The other arguments I hear seem to mostly have to do with individual rights and conveniences and it seems that those arguments fly in the face of the Christian faith.
Do I have scripture to support a public option and/or a universal health care plan? No, I don’t – but neither is there scripture to oppose such a thing (although many twist and turn and contort scripture to support their position). Although there isn’t a specific scripture that I can offer up to support a public option and/or a universal health care plan I would go so far as to say that it seems much more likely that the heart of scripture would support such a thing. Scripture repeatedly calls us to care and provide for the poor and the sick, to give up our own rights, to put other’s interests above our own, to take action to help those less fortunate, to protect the most vulnerable, to share one another’s burdens, to be a voice for the oppressed and the weak.
From a Christian perspective it seems we must look at this from the perspective of the needy, of the poor, of the uninsured…and I don’t think we will hear many (if any) needy, poor, uninsured people rallying against a public option and/or universal health care plan. From a Christian perspective it seems we must look at this from the perspective of Christ, the one who identifies himself with the least of these.
Check out the other synchroblog participants:
How Healthy is Your Health Care? by Steve Hayes
Self-evident truths and moral turpitude by Steve Hayes
Christian perspectives on health care by Ellen Haroutunian
The Christian’s responsibility to healthcare by KW Leslie
Baby steps towards more humane humanity by Beth Patterson
Is Healthcare a Right by Kimber Caldwell
Its Easy To Be Against Health Care Reform When You Have Insurance by Kathy Escobar
A Christian Response To Health Care In America by Jeff Goins
Carrying Your Own Load by Susan Barnes
Caring For Human Dignity by Lainie Peterson