When the Affordable Healthcare Act was upheld by Chief Justice Roberts and the Supreme Court, it seemed nothing short of miraculous. As expected, the Republicans immediately began their full-throated outrage of “Obamacare,” promising to repeal it every chance they got. Fundamentally, this law is about insuring the uninsurable by creating bigger pools of patients and providing lower cost alternatives. Despite all the rhetoric and hyperbole, the fact is, this law will help a lot of people. That fact alone makes this a moral issue that at least every Christian should care about.
In Jesus day, if you had an ailment, there was a belief that you had somehow brought it on yourself. When asked why a man was blind, Jesus had to explain, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned.” (John 9:3) In our ‘modern’ society, most of us don’t subscribe to the notion that victims of cancer or Alzheimer’s somehow had it coming. However, there is a thought that if you’re poor and/or uninsured, you don’t want to work for your bread or your blood work. While that describes a popular belief in our nation, it is not based on anything resembling “Christianity.” (more…)