Religious aspects of the AHCA.
What Would Jesus Do?"
This topic is continued here from Part 12 at the previous page
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I know essentially nothing about U.S. law, health, or medical insurance. I live in Canada where each newborn is given a Social Insurance Number (SIN) and health care plan to be used for the rest of her or his life to freely access physician and hospital care. But ignorance has never slowed me down in the past. So I would like to suggest a three step simple solution that would eventually result in Medicare For All in the U.S.:
- Retain Obamacare, a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act for now, but phase it out with the following steps:
- Pass a law, to be called "Medicare For All." It would annually reduce the minimum age by five years, at which a person can access Medicare .
- Pass a law that eliminates the necessity for a person to have worked and paid into the system through payroll taxes in order to qualify for Medicare.
Since Medicare is enthusiastically supported by most enrollees, it should not be too difficult to pass a law makes this extension. It should be quite popular.
Religious/moral/ethical aspects to health care and the AHCA -- "What Would Jesus Do?":
About 70% of U.S. adults identify as Christian. A slight majority of people on Earth identify themselves as either Jewish, Christian or Muslim. The "Golden Rule" or "Ethic of Reciprocity" is a fundamental rule for human behavior that is common to these three religions and is also part of all the other religious of the world that we have studied. In the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) of the Bible, Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ) is quoted in Matthew 7:12 as saying:
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
He is quoted in Luke 6:31 as saying:
"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to
I posted a comment similar to the following earlier in this series of essays on health care:
"I recall the Sheep and Goats section in chapter 25 of the Bible's Gospel of Matthew in which the "Final Judgment" is described. Jesus is quoted as implying that after death all the people from all cultures and all religions will be gathered together and judged according to a single criterion: when they were alive on Earth, whether they helped other people in need; people who were hungry, sick, imprisoned, etc. The passage clearly describes how those who did help others by following the Golden Rule were "saved", called "sheep," and had attained Heaven to live with God for all eternity. Those who were not helpful to others were referred to as "goats" and would be sent to Hell. Assuming that this biblical passage is accurate, I wonder how the Republicans who promoted Ryancare/Trumpcare will fare at the Judgment. Will they be classified as sheep or goats?"
Matthew 25:34-36 specifically quotes Jesus as describing who will be considered "sheep":
"... Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ (NIV translation; emphasis by us).
That leaves the "Goats" who will spend eternity in the torture chambers of Hell. Presumably this would include many of those who did not help people when they were sick.
If I were a Representative or Senator in Congress who believed in the reality of Hell, and the accuracy of the Bible, I would be very reluctant to vote for the replacement of Obamacare. I would be inclined to favor a single payer, universal health care system similar to those implemented by essentially all other developed nations.
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel's comment goes viral:
Jimmy Kimmel taped a live monologue on APR-11 for his show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" It touched on the Golden Rule, and later went viral. 2 He discussed the birth of his son, Billy, during March. The newborn initially appeared normal, but began to turn blue a few minutes after birth. Emergency open heart surgery was immediately required to save his life. This will have to be followed up by years of additional medical procedures.
Kimmel said, through tears:
"Until a few years ago, millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all.
Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you would never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition.
If your baby is going to die, and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make.
I think that’s something now, whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, or something else, we all agree on that, right?"
The audience cheered and applauded.
Reacting to Kummel's monologue, former President Barrack Obama (D) tweeted:
"Well said, Jimmy. That’s exactly why we fought so hard for the ACA, and why we need to protect it for kids like Billy. And congratulations!" 3
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- "Viral Video: Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Details About Son’s Heart Surgery," Y98 CBS-TV, 2017-MAY-02, at: http://y98.cbslocal.com/
- " 'That's exactly why we fought so hard for the ACA': Obama responds to Jimmy Kimmel's emotional healthcare plea," Business Inside, 2017-MAY-02, at: http://nordic.businessinsider.com/
Copyright © 2017 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted on: 2017-MAY-11
Author: B.A. Robinson