Health Care Reform: The idea that within the richest country in the world/West (America) that all people could be provided with health care. Obama just had a bill passed that is setting in motion this idea – not quite there – but working towards such a concept.
Sodomy: “Among the early rabbinic commentators, the common reading of the sin of Sodom was its cruelty, arrogance, and disdain for the poor…Midrashic writers lavishly portrayed Sodom and the surrounding cities as arrogant and self-satisfied, destroyed for the sins of greed and indifference to the poor.” (Pg 65 ‘Wrestling With God & Men’ Rabbi Steven Greenberg)
I have been reading about this issue of health care from both points of views (Dems and Cons) in the news as of late – and I have an opinion on what I am hearing.
It is quite beyond me who anyone claiming to be following Christianity cannot side with the idea of ‘caring for the poor’. The idea some people would raise concern of taxes/economics concering this issue as their excuse to not want the idea is quite sickening. Is this not the richest country in the world? Does not every single person deserve health care as an essential piece of the right to life? Is not health care part of the pursuit of happiness? Is it not a right that should be shared?
What am I missing in this debate on health care?
I just finished reading some rabbinic opinions on Sodom, that rich city destroyed by fire for it’s greed and callousness towards the poor. It reminded me of the idea of health care in America. How can a Christian person use economics as the basis for their reason against helping the poor? Do they have it so good they cannot share some of what they have with others?
I am Canadian (First Nations at that – among the poorest communities in Canada), I am not an American. I pay some 30% of my monthly pay to taxes. Some of that goes to ‘socialized’ medicine (as some are calling it). The great thing about that is no matter who you are – you get help when you come to a hospital…even people living homeless get the help they deserve (all they have to do is want it). I wouldn’t have it any other way to be honest…it’s called equality.
So what does Sodomy have to do with this? Sodomy is the sin of not helping the poor in your community – over-looking them for the sake of your own pocket/security. Isn’t this what the health debate is actually getting at the heart of?