Wednesday, July 29, 2009

health care again... until we all get it

In his periodic personal reflections, Roy Medley, the General Secretary of the American Baptist Churches, USA (my denomination) addresses the health care crisis. He begins with these words...

Health care needs to be affordable. For too many it is not.
Health care needs to be portable. For too many it is not.
Health care systems need to be more efficient. Too many are not.
Health care should not involve profiteering. For some it does.
Health care needs to be available. For too many it is not.

That is the key isn't it? The current system is broken. (I encourage you to read his entire article linked in the first sentence...) Anyone who argues against a single payer system comes back to those five simple facts and cannot adequately address them. There is no other way that I can see that addresses all of the concerns. To leave any of them unaddressed is unjust and poor stewardship of the resources of our nation. As a person of faith I would say that to leave any of these issues unaddressed is sin.

write you legislators and tell them to get on board with a strong public option, or better yet to remove the insurance companies altogether.


Chad Zaucha said...

I just read that the government "cash for clunkers" program was suspended due to an overwhelming amount of confusion. How can the government run a complicated program like health care if it can't exchange beat up cars for stimulus money?

Without question health care needs a lot of work. But the government has not proven its ability to undertake this daunting task. Is the system bad? Yes. Could it be worse? Absolutely. My fear is that we will find out just how much worse.

roy said...

Hey Chad
could it be worse? Depends on your life situation. If you have no insurance, then probably not. If you have expensive insurance that lets you down regularly, maybe. If you are stuck in a job you hate because you can't leave it and risk losing insurance or even worse, stuck in a marriage because you can't risk losing insurance... not likely.

The private sector has shown it can't run the system. Costs are the highest in the world. Results are something like 37th. Choice is a mirage. Some third world countries have lower infant mortality rates than our cities. Your argument is they haven't shown they can... while the private sector has clearly shown it cannot. Sounds like an easy choice to me.