Jesus and Obamacare

by redguthrie

With all the kerfuffle and brouhaha around Obamacare lately, I thought it was time to echo that famous wristband slogan and ask, “What would Jesus do?”

Despite being the 7th wealthiest nation in the world, according to Forbes, 79 million Americans struggle to pay their medical debts in 2008, in 2009 more than 60% of bankruptcy were due to medical bills, and 47 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2012, while America’s largest insurers have posted enormous profits. As a nation, we our failing our poor, working, and middle classes.

Whatever you think of the Affordable Care Act, (I personally think it has a lot of flaws) it is at least an attempt to alleviate some of the problems that deprive millions of Americans of access to basic health care. Instead of trying to defund and repeal Obamacare, perhaps those in Congress who cynically trot out Jesus’ name every election and then work to increase the suffering of the poor and the oppressed should heed Christ’s call to His apostles to “heal the sick” (Matthew 10:8). Instead of trying to tear down such an anemic attempt to fix our healthcare system, perhaps these self-proclaimed Christians can work to ensure that all Americans, even those our Lord calls the least of these His brethren (Matthew 25:40) have regular access to quality, affordable health care.

Jesus healed. Jesus healed without discrimination. Jesus healed the unclean. He healed outcasts and foreigners. He healed on the Sabbath. Jesus healed, but our current health care system locks the poor out of access to adequate health care or forces them into crushing debt to obtain services that many wealthier Americans take for granted. It is long past time that we remake our health care system in the image of Christ. Jesus would heal the sick. So should we.