3/16/2010—It seems to me very strange that a predominantly Christian nation does not provide healthcare for all of its citizens. I readily admit that there are many routes to that goal and that President Obama’s plan might not be the best possible solution. But, in the end, the Obama plan will cover almost all Americans and that seems to me to be a moral imperative. If the Republicans had proposed a better plan when they were in power, I would have supported that. But to me, the willingness of conservative Christianity in America to live with millions of uncovered citizens is a scandal to the Gospel. I am particularly disappointed by organizations like World Magazine and the Catholic Bishops, from which I had expected better.
Naturally there is also a political aspect to all this. The Democrats are aware that the polls are against them on the healthcare issue. But if they think people will be upset if they pass the Obama plan, just wait and see what happens if they fail altogether. All this talk about starting over is just a clever Republican strategy to be able to argue in November that Obama and the Democrats are ineffective. Believe me, the Republicans don’t want to have to argue in November that the plan was a bad one. By that time, Americans will have figured out that just about everyone is now covered and that if something bad happens to them or a member of their family, they will no longer have to worry so much about losing healthcare coverage. No matter the details, that is going to sound pretty good in November.
Besides, as I started out saying, it is the right thing to do.