Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Supporting Healthcare Reform

The Oklahoma Conference of Churches is holding a press conference at the State Capitol this afternoon to support healthcare reform. Here is what I plan to say:
I am a Baptist minister and I am here to speak on behalf of the many Baptists who expect our elected leaders to assure that healthcare is accessible, affordable, accountable, and inclusive of all persons.

I am also here to apologize for the heartlessness and indifference of the many Baptists and other Christians who appear to identify more with the priest and the Levite than with the Samaritan in the parable of the good Samaritan.

When we see someone who is sick, injured and beaten down by life in our society our first question should not be "Who sinned and made this person poor and uninsured?" Instead, our first question should be "What can I do to help?"

More than anything else, you can help by demanding that healthcare be accessible, affordable, accountable and inclusive of all persons.

Have a heart, America! Demand healthcare reform.

Note: Thanks to Andy Watts for suggesting phrases used in this statement.

6 comments:

Jeff the Baptist said...

So much for separation of church and state...

Dr. Bruce Prescott said...

Jeff,

You don't have to be religious to value the example of the good Samaritan.

Nor do you have be religious to have a mindset that blames the poor, sick and uninsured for their plight.

Jeff the Baptist said...

Bruce,

You criticize people on the right for trying to push their values on a secular society through the long arm of the State. Yet now you do the same exact thing, but from the opposite political direction.

I fully accept that good Christians should be providing for the poor, sick, and infirm. I know I do it. But it does not follow that this is the government's job. This has always been the job of the Church reaching back even to the Book of Acts.

Dr. Bruce Prescott said...

Jeff,

Healthcare is a humanitarian and human rights issue.

Everyone has an obligation to assist the sick, injured and disabled -- not just religious people.

Religious people can set an example and call for action. So can the irreligious.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great point. But if people don't believe in the Biblical call to help the uninsured I don't understand why they don't look at it in self interest.
1. If you lose your job in America you generally lose your health insurance.
2. Copays are now $50 for some folks, deductibles are skyrocketing, and employee's shares of insurance costs are increasing.

I think healthcare reform can help rein in healthcare costs.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

btw,

1. I don't think that Christians should shut up just because they are Christian.
2. I don't think that taking care of the sick has "always been the job of the church." In the US employers shoulder most of the burden. In western Europe and some other areas Government shoulders the burden.