Will the Supreme Court do the right thing this morning?

Or, as Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite asks in the Washington Post:

Will the Supreme Court ruling on health care violate Jesus’s teaching? She writes:

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.

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  1. I don’t recall Jesus, or any of his followers asking the sick they tended for an insurance card, deductibles, co-payments or any form of compensation.
    I would hope that Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite and any “person of faith” would insist that social policy, in accordance with religious teaching…especially Christian teaching…would demand the sick be treated equally, without consideration of their economic status, (health insurance coverage), gender, race, age or citizenship.

    Don McCanne, MD at PNHP

    Regardless of tomorrow’s Supreme Court decision on the fate of the Affordable Care Act, the status quo is dependent on private insurance and the Affordable Care Act model is dependent on private insurance, yet private insurance has been a miserable failure.

    You don’t have to wait until tomorrow to decide what approach should be taken in response to the Supreme Court decision. You can start immediately with efforts to replace the private insurers with an improved Medicare for all.

    Screw SCOTUS. It’s time for us to do the right thing.
    What would Jesus mandate? Healthcare or health insurance?
    Everybody in. Nobody out.
    Single Payer.

      1. I think if I hear one more Christian say Jesus would love the ACA my head is going to explode.
        And if Christians want to base social policy on a “bedrock of historic values in religion,” the Roberts Court is their perfect tool.

        Einstein had something to say about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…

        1. Please don’t let your head explode. It would be messy and your housemates probably don’t need the hassle of explaining what happened.

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