As a Christian Scientist I feel the need to say this: I believe health care should be universal – a basic right of every man, woman, and child – and no one should ever be denied the care they need simply because they’re poor, or unemployed. Health care should not be dependent on employment or the whims of employers. And a bunch of politicians should not be the ones who decide what kind of treatment and care the residents of this nation can use. Okay. That’s all. Carry on then…
And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. – Matthew 22
The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love. Without this, the letter is but the dead body of Science, – pulseless, cold, inanimate. – Mary Baker Eddy
I agree so much. it is strange looking on from a country that has free health care … I keep running across situations with new on-line American friends where a small trivial thing causes them a great financial hardship. It seems so crazy to have to worry about that all the time. It must be awful to be a family member who gets ill and brings down the whole family financially … I cut myself carving last year … no big deal, slowed my carving down a bit. I had to get some stitches and go back and have them removed a while later. At the same time, the husband of an American friend did the same thing … very similar cut … It cost them $1400! They are paying it over two years … I never really thought about these small trivial medical problems in this way before. What happens if there is a BIG problem? I had to have major surgery 5 years ago … That could easily be unaffordable for some Americans … I really hope you can all work out this problem somehow….
I know. I’m just sitting here, shaking my head. I think we in the U.S. are making this a lot more complicated than it needs to be, you know? Health insurance should, I think, be completely separated from employment – how those two things got put together I do not know. It’s akin to making school funding dependent on employers – and giving our employers the right to decide what we should teach in our schools. Insanity. Education and health insurance should be provided, I think, through our tax dollars – and more of our tax dollars should go towards those things than invading and bombing other countries. In my opinion.
Agreed. Health care should be universal … it’s the stress-reducing compassionate choice. It can support a more peaceful state of mind, which in turn makes for more effective prayer too. It’s the “how” that is the real question. So many who couldn’t afford health care in the US before still can’t afford it now and will risk the $1400 bill that Kathi mentioned since they don’t have the $500/month to cover the insurance. Ahhh to have the simplicity of the Canadian system. That’s a plan that we could fully support.
Greed, selfishness, out-of-wackness…