Here is the Parable of the Good Samaritan from Bible, specifically the New International Version.
“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead with no clothes. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, and he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, he too passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and looked after him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Now, I think we all know the message here: do good by your fellow man in need. What I’m not understanding, however, is how, in a nation founded on essentially Christian values, one of the simplest and most universal teachings of Jesus is completely lost on the population at large.
I am, of course, talking about the health care reform insanity that is flying around this country. For me, the problem is simple. Some one is broken, you fix them. This is common human decency. This is moral. This is right.
You don’t implement a stratified class system to separate the poor from the rich when it comes to some one’s life. You don’t let some one die in agony because they could not afford a mixture of chemicals, that in and of themselves, cost mere pennies. You don’t make people decide between food and shelter or doctors and medicine. These things are immoral. These things are human indecency. These things are wrong.
What really bothers me is how people are confusing the proposed healthcare changes with something that even comes close to nationalizing our health care system. Nearly all of the changes are targeted at people with either limited or no coverage. You know, people like me. There is also a push to invest in preventative care over emergency care, which has been shown across the board to improve quality of life and lessen medical costs. Not to mention the fact that a nation of in-shape people is far more attractive than a nation of obese whales. Absolutely NO PART of the medical reform package will affect people with high quality private health insurance in any negative way.
People are sick. People are dying. All because they didn’t meet a barrier to entry that is entirely economic. This is akin to a slow, but steady, class-based program of genocide. Something which, if I’m not mistake, Jesus would have a problem with.
And I’m not even Christian, but you can be damned sure that if I see some one needing help, I’ll give it to them. Now, we’ve just got to get the rest of the nation saying the same thing.