The “Good Samaritan,” in a well-known story told by Jesus (Luke 10:25-37), is the person who stops and cares for an injured man left by the side of the road. In this teaching, Jesus tells how the privileged of his society had callously walked by the injured man, ignoring the man’s urgent need for care. It is the “Samaritan,” someone who would have been a despised outsider in Jesus’s time, who actually stops and cares for the man, paying for his care.
It is not enough for me as a Christian, and a person of faith, to do this as an individual. It is my responsibility to call my society to be decent to the sick, and pay for their health care. It is a matter of moral accountability to my fellow citizens.
If the Supreme Court overturns even part of the Affordable Care Act, what is often called “Obamacare,” 50 million Americans will continue to be without health care, and it is likely that Americans who are barely able to afford health care coverage now will have to pay more and risk losing coverage.
A lot of punditry is framing this decision as a make-or-break move for Pres. Obama’s re-election bid. That may be the case, but more importantly, this decision is make-or-break for a lot of people who desperately need health care.
While we’re waiting, here‘s a timeline of the health care law from CNN.
And thanks, Jennifer, for the link.