Honoring Kennedy’s Health Care Legacy

By John GehringCatholics in Alliance for the Common Good As the nation mourns the loss of Sen. Ted Kennedy, there … Continued

By John Gehring
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

As the nation mourns the loss of Sen. Ted Kennedy, there is no more fitting way to honor the legacy of this prolific public servant than by fulfilling what he called the “cause of my life.” Kennedy’s impassioned advocacy for health-care reform was not about partisan politics or narrow ideology. Inspired by Catholic social teaching that health care is a human right not a privilege, he insisted that the richest nation in the world had a moral obligation to assure quality medical care to all citizens. For Kennedy, the principles of human dignity, compassion and the common good — central tenets of the Catholic faith — were always paramount when he sought to change a broken health care system that fails millions of Americans.

People of faith have an essential role to play in picking up the torch Sen. Kennedy carried so proudly even as his own health worsened. A new campaign organized by Christian, Jewish and Muslim organizations united behind health care reform as a moral imperative is taking up this cause. Our coalition, 40 Days for Health Reform, hosted a national conference call with President Obama recently that featured religious leaders and engaged citizens sharing painful stories from the front lines of a broken health care system. One hundred and forty thousand citizens participated. Instead of shouting and demagoguery, there was thoughtful reflection, civil dialogue and factual analysis. Ministers and rabbis spoke about values that transcend partisan politics and narrow ideologies. A Muslim-American neurologist expressed frustration with insurance companies denying coverage to those in desperate need of treatment. A 15-year-old Catholic with scoliosis talked about how her family is going without medical care because they lost Medicaid coverage. A Christian minister spoke of a parishioner without insurance whose cancer remained undiagnosed until it was too late.

These powerful testimonies remind us that health care reform is not an abstract issue. Each day in our congregations and communities we see needless suffering because quality health care is not available to all. This is a grave injustice. The faith community refuses to concede the debate to talk-radio pundits, Washington insiders or special interests defending the status quo. We will not be satisfied until all Americans have access to quality and affordable health care. 40 Days for Health Reform includes more than 30 denominations and religious organizations that represent Americans across race, region and political affiliation. The campaign includes a national TV ad on CNN, prayer vigils, sermon weekends and visits with key members of Congress. This next month will be critical as Congress tackles several reform proposals. Each day 14 million Americans 14,000 Americans lose their health insurance and working families struggle to pay medical bills. Comprehensive reform can’t wait any longer. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached, we believe in the “fierce urgency of now.”

Profound moral and ethical questions are at the heart of complicated legislative battles over health care. Even if we are satisfied with our own health care, what responsibility do we have as a society to make sure the system works for everyone? How do we balance individual interests with policies that best serve the common good? While specific solutions to a 21st century health-care crisis can’t be found in the Bible, Koran or the Torah, our faith traditions offer timeless values about loving our neighbors as ourselves. People of goodwill can disagree over the most effective ways to shape reform. But we must not waver from this core principle: health care is a human right, not a privilege.

The faith community also has an important responsibility to correct those bearing false witness in this debate. Fears that seniors will be denied life-saving care or doctors will be forced to perform abortions against their ethical principles are gross distortions perpetuated by ideologues more interested in handing the Obama administration a political defeat than ensuring all Americans have quality health care. There are longstanding polices that prohibit federal taxpayer funding of abortions and sensible conscience protections for health care providers. Retaining these policies is critical to achieving the broad consensus necessary for health-care reform. In contrast to outrageous claims about “death panels”, a provision in the House legislation would allow Medicare to reimburse doctors for voluntary counseling sessions with patients that include discussions about living wills and hospice care. The Catholic Health Association has stated the provision would not encourage euthanasia, and a diverse range of groups including The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the American Medical Association and the AARP support it.

Faith-based movements have always inspired our nation to live up to its highest ideals. We know that justice and change never come easily. Again, people of faith are on the march, united in the belief that hope is more powerful than fear. I think Sen. Kennedy would be proud.

John Gehring is Senior Writer and Deputy Communications Director for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.

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  • Climacus

    How is CACG working to get Congress to remedy the major issues that have been articulated by the bishops?

  • Climacus

    And “tenants” of the Catholic faith?Seriously?

  • jimoglethorpe

    I resent the implication that, if I oppose the current health care reform I am not a compassionate person. I can agree that thoses in need should receive basic health care services but oppose the bill. The writer should mention that millions without health insurance have access to it and don’t want it. They will pay a high price for the so called “reform”. And first off I want fiscal responsibility to be a part of the deal, and not “sock the rich” stuff but a true shared burden.John Gehring,despite the cover of his organization, is just another member of the far left, preaching to the choir.

  • DwightCollins

    we would all be better off if we kept kennedy out of this…

  • jvscorp

    Kennedy’s death although a tragedy left behind a legacy of corruption and deceit. He was never for the little man unless it benefited him or his cause. Morn yes, but not because he was a champion. He as well as many in Washington were there for the power and greed. And I fear if the corruption is not dealt with swiftly we will loose what’s left of our beloved nation!

  • marden1

    We, who are insured, are paying a tremendous price for those who are not. Over $100 per month for every man, woman and child who are covered. The uninsured clog up emergency rooms and have in fact caused death because the truly sick couldn’t get care in time. Preaching ideology is disgusting. There may be many ways to fix this, but there is in fact a plan that will work. Whether or not it includes a “public option” is irrevelent. The worst thing this could do is bring down the cost of health insurance and open up emergency rooms for the truly ill!!!!!

  • chatard

    Quinn and Meacham continue their campaign AGAINST FAITH by seeking out left-wing zealots to post here. It is always political, ; it is always anti-American and it is always presented as “lay leftists know better than what the Bible says.”

  • curmad

    One thing that Kennedy said no longer applies.He called the U S the “richest country on earth”.

  • jameschirico

    The Dems are not smart enough to fund faith based healthcare facilities to compete with the private sector. The GOP would have to go along and cost effective healthcare would probably be available to large segments of the population that are now underserved.

  • dmlpearl

    Oh, Lord, another so-called Catholic organization, hectoring us towards socialism. And their appeal is based on the career of a politician who had long since cast aside the tenets of his (and their) own Church!Doesn’t anyone wonder why the Vatican hasn’t said a word about him since he died?

  • alfalfabill

    Thank you for speaking truth to those with(out) power! And to those who continue to bear false witness, repent that your sins may be forgiven.

  • teri_ten

    Instead of passing a sweeping program that will affect everyone in the country, try it on a smaller scale first. Supporters can volunteer for the plan and agree to abide by all its requirements, as well as pledge to not use any of their own money for care that is not covered (since the poor won’t be able to do that). Then, if they’re satisfied with the plan, it can be extended. There are problems within our health care system which must be addressed, but this reform has only one ultimate goal – a single payer system with the government in charge.

  • tinyjab40

    Congress needs to get off its duff and vote. We’ve had enough talking. Whatever Kennedy’s health care legacy is to be, the best way to deal with health care reform right now is to stop talking about it and vote. That way everyone will know where each senator and congressperson stands.

  • wagtdn

    Bearing false witness indeed!”Each day 14 million Americans lose their health insurance….” If the authors could get off their smug ideological high horse, they possibly could understand the absurdity of such an assertion. In a month, no one would have health insurance!Maybe it’s just easier babbling about “health care” than to confront the evils of abortion and the growth of a permanent, degenerate underclass made possible in large part by the “compassion” of buffoons like the late Sen Kennedy.

  • bruce92963

    The most appropriate way to honor Ted Kennedy is to ask for a national moment of silence at every liquor store, every women’s crisis center and every bridge over a body of water in America.That’s more than he deserves.www.wheresthehope.wordpress.com

  • RealTexan1

    Kennedy’s real and consistent mission was to raise taxes and create or expand government programs. Therefore, if you really want to “complete Kennedy’s mission”, all that need be done is to elect a replacement who will work to “raise taxes and create or expand government programs.”

  • JGates1

    “The faith community also has an important responsibility to correct those bearing false witness in this debate. Fears that seniors will be denied life-saving care…”Excuse me! You’re invoking “false witness” as if it is sinful to have a different opinion? To believe that there will not be rationing of care, then you have to therefore believe that anybody and everybody will get whatever care they need at all times. You have to believe that a sick 90 year old is just as likely to get a heart transplant as a 45 year old in the same situation. If there is only one heart available, you also have to believe that the 90 year old has the EXACT same chance of getting that heart as the 45 year old. How about between a 25 year old and a 90 year old. Same exact chance of getting that heart? Hogwash. There is not an unlimited amout of money, but there is practically an unlimited demand for care. There will be choices that will have to be made, and they will be made in part by representatives of the Government.

  • robtr

    It’s a sad day when so called people of faith like John Gehring abandoned their faith in honoring a man who left a woman to suffocate in a car, is pro abortion, womanized and was a drunk most of his life.I got news for you Gehring, Ted Kennedy doesn’t play to well in most of America and I for one would be happy if you continue to use his corpse to promote your liberal agenda.Let’s honor Ted Kennedy by calling the bill.Chappaquiddick Care, the new slogan will be: “We promise to show you the same level of care that Ted Kennedy showed Mary Jo Kopechne when he abandoned her trapped in a car, in the dark and cold waters in Chappaquiddick”It will make a great factual ad, since you seem to be so worried about facts.

  • dummy4peace

    It is not true that only the uninsured clog our ERs. I have witnessed a loud man brought in by an ambulance, sent to the waiting room, and loudly cursing the staff for not being seen sooner. He said he is insured and nobody in his family cares about him. Eventually, he was escorted home by the police as he made all the sick people waiting there unbearable. It turned out that the man had called the ambulance every day and night for about a week, but the hospital found no reason to hospitalize him. A few hours later, I overheard that the man showed up in an ambulance in another hospital nearby. We need to change the law in this health care reform to stop people from abusing the system. Currently, ER cannot refuse any patients. I think this insured man needs counseling, but not at ER.


    The “FAITH” community ? Is it … “FAITH” … that FORCES some to have no rewards for their labor so that others can be rewarded for breaking into our country ? …KENNEDY opened us up to the BORDER INVASION in 1965 ! Since then we have been (((CURSED))) with the come back of diseases that were a thing of the past here …. Is it “FAITH” that gives a thief a license to steal under the cloak of AFFIRMITIVE ACTION ? What kind of “FAITH” votes to torture unborn babies to death ? …..What kind of …”FAITH… votes to destroy the AMERICAN FLAG and then has his coffin draped and paraded around with it on top as if he actually stands for FREEDOM ? Go practice THAT FAITH in a country that HATES God.

  • dcsuburb

    The House bill was a bad bill before Senator Kennedy died. His death doesn’t suddenly make it a good bill.Democrats like to say their opponents are opposed to health care reform. Not so. Democrats have in mind a particular kind of reform, a reform that compounds the flaws in the current system. Too much government control right now results in mandates that create inefficiencies – people have to pay for policies that provide unnecessary coverages. Tort reform is needed – almost no one denies that. But the Democrats failed to include it. Current tax laws encourage employer provided plans which in turn limit choice and accountability and that in turn leads to high costs. (Under the predominate system, how many people pay any attention to the cost of their various medical tests, treatments, etc.? But if I choose my own plan, my own coverage, my own medical care organization, and pay for the plan myself, I make cost choices and that provides an impetus for cost control.) Democrats are attempting to foist upon us a plan that further isolates each of us from the knowledge of the cost, that further encumbers health insurance companies with obligations to provide unnecessary coverages, and doesn’t at all address one of the big problems: out of control malpractice costs. If Democrats would be honest and participate in honest discussion, we could talk about reform of a different sort that what is currently being pushed in Congress. But so far, Democrats have only been willing to describe their own vision as reform and have been unwilling to consider other, better means of reform.Kennedy’s death doesn’t improve the Democrats’ plan, but the death of the Democrats’ plan could improve the chances for real health care reform.

  • AntonioSosa

    The article is George Soros’ PROPAGANDA. Its author, John Gehring, as Senior Writer and Deputy Communications Director for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, is excellent at writing propaganda for George Soros. Soros’s objective is Obama’s objective — to manipulate us into swallowing the abomination of Obamacare and socialism/communism.As several other “Catholic” organizations, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG), is funded by George Soros to manipulate Catholics.”CACG is also affiliated with the John Podesta’s Center for American Progress. CAP works closely with CACG and has provided funds to Catholics United and Faith and Public Life. “CAP received 3.5 million from the Soros organization in 2005. William Donohue, of the Catholic League has stated that George Soros supports CACG for the same reason he supports the pro-choice group, Catholics for Choice. They help to ‘make abortion rights a respectable Catholic position.'” The fact that Soros supports Obamacare should make every Catholic and every Christian realize that Obamacare is EVIL. We must help those in need. But Obamacare is not a bill to help those in need. It’s only another power grab to enslave us.

  • AntonioSosa

    No, Climacus, CACG is NOT working to get Congress to remedy the major issues that have been articulated by the bishops. As a Soros’s funded organization, the CACG is working only to manipulate us into supporting Obamacare and socialism/communism.

  • st50taw

    “If Democrats would be honest and participate in honest discussion, we could talk about reform of a different sort that what is currently being pushed in Congress.”

  • st50taw

    P.S. That “14 million” in the article is a typo. It’s 14,000.

  • bregenz

    I read in the W.Post earlier this week that the lowest paid jobs are in catering and hairdressing – earning approximately $16,000 per annum. The Boston Globe stated that health insurance in Mass. is approximately $13500 per annum. For the lower paid of whomm there are millions are we talking about socialism or survival ?

  • Oz1303

    I don’t care what anyone says, health-care is not a right. Why should our tax dollars pay for fat and lazy slobs that are too lazy to go out and get in shape. We shouldn’t pay for people that decided to smoke, or do drugs. I’m a religious man, and I will give my money to those that deserve it and need it, but to say that it is their right is ludicrous. We have the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. You have the right to live your life as you please, but when you abuse that life, it should not be others paying the price for ones lifetime of mistakes. I think government should allow people to go across state lines for healthcare. This would create more competition for the consumer, and the prices will lower. The liberals want to talk about morals? Please, give me a break.

  • swingvoter3

    Too bad the principles of compassion and human dignity didn’t apply to Mary Jo Kopechne. And how downright ridiculous to try & use the death of Ted Kennedy to try and ram an unwanted, unncecessary and immoral govt takeover of our health care down our throats.

  • jamespittenger

    reform from good honest research, logic and common sense yes

  • moninga1

    I am horrified by the smallness I read here. I am horrified, too, by some who say that Kennedy was not faithful to his church because of pro-choice views. Jesus would not have said that. He would stand with those who cannot afford health care because profit-grubbers deny them coverage. He would stand, in other words, beside Kennedy and behind him and with him.

  • Akinoluna

    “Supporters can volunteer for the plan and agree to abide by all its requirements, as well as pledge to not use any of their own money for care that is not covered (since the poor won’t be able to do that). Then, if they’re satisfied with the plan, it can be extended.”You mean like TriCare? It’s worked just fine for me. Let’s extend it to everyone!

  • tintin081

    May your soul rest in eternal peace, Uncle Teddy. Amen.

  • Waterloo1

    Judging by the comments here, the notion of appealing to the moral life of Americans regarding health care is a lost cause. It seems that there already exists an intense insecurity regarding health care, an insecurity so severe that the thought of changing our very defective system fills people with a fear I haven’t seen in years in this country. The uninsured are regarded as faceless bums who are just evading the high costs we pay. Care is rationed according to the needs of insurance company profits, its high administrative costs, but we must not upset this system in any way because they might deny more of our care. The fear seeks a corresponding rationale and creates it in , “health care will be rationed !, death councils !, government officials will seek to euthanize the elderly, socialism ! , Republicans will be denied treatment ! ; all this before a bill has entered any kind of final draft. When the Swiss had a 5% uninsured population, it caused a national discussion that lead to improvments. Here it’s 18% and still twice the cost of the Swiss system and fear still erases any moral interest or concern almost entirely. We are caught in a corrosive cycle where fear and moral bankruptcy bring on the very thing we fear; further degradation of our “system”

  • JimJohnson2

    For me, the tragedy of this situation is that there is no one proposal, or even a series of choices, on the public table. I support fundamental health care reform as a matter of morality and of practicality. But supporters of whatever Congress or the administration are currently considering have been very opaque about what their proposals are, making it very difficult for supporters to support. The other negative facet to this problem is that the President made a “firm promise” that most people are now realizing he cannot possibly deliver on – that is “if you are happy with your current plan, the government won’t change that.” If there is fundamental reform, that promise is untenable; if there is not fundamental reform soon, we still will see some changes that we don’t like. I lived in Great Britain for 19 years and there is much to like and some things not to like about health care in which the government plays a large part. But it is inevitable and the politicians know that. Their shame is that the have leveled with us. By the way: Medicare is wonderful, except for the cost. It will not be around for the next generation in its current form, it will go broke.

  • AntonioSosa

    What is MORALLY DEPRAVED is to appeal to our “moral life” and to use Kennedy’s death to coerce us to support Obamacare, which we know will support abortion, infanticide (late-term abortion) and probably euthanasia. Of course, in communist doublespeak, Obama and his accomplices would call their death panels, “life panels,” but that does not change the fact that, as per the House bill Lies do not change Obama’s pro-abortion and pro-infanticide (late-term abortion) stand, nor the aberrant eugenic stands of Obama’s Health Care Czar Ezekiel Emanuel and Science Czar John Holdren.Obama’s Health Care Czar Ezekiel Emanuel, rightfully called “Doctor Death,” would make Dr. Kervorkian proud. Dr. Emanuel has said that “Medical care should not be given to those who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens.” As per Dr. Emanuel, your mother suffering from Alzheimer’s or your child diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome SHOULD NOT receive medical care. And Obama’s “Science Czar” John Holdren has called for population-control policies such as forced abortions, mass sterilizations, and mandatory population controls. I guess we are supposed to believe that supporting EVIL is the “moral” thing to do.

  • RBCrook

    what a pile of dung . . . wrapping your political beliefs around God and faith is a trick for the Taliban, not Catholics . . . there is nothing “moral” about supporting the Obama legislation . . . people of faith will denounce this kind of sleazy tactics and rebuke those who use them.

  • DwightCollins

    ted soiled JFK’s memory most of his life…

  • Revcain777

    I am sorry Ted Kennedy, as anybody, has died. I really think he cared about the poor.HOWEVER, what is “moral” about forcing everyone to participate in a healthcare system that will be run with the efficency of the Post Office, the Pentagon, or the IRS??? Is the current system good? Not really. But, why substitute it with government control? Name on large program run by the government for a number of years that is done well…..name one!

  • Revcain777

    Read on Politico.com today. There is a great article by Huckabee. He states that under Obamacare Ted Kennedy would have been told, once he knew he had brain cancer, to go home and take pain meds and DIE. At least under the current system, he had options and lived longer, and better, to spend quality time with his family.

  • Revcain777

    Note it rained like mad on Ted’s funeral. Ahhhh…..Divine justice symbolism harkening back to Chappaquiddick!!!!

  • hoyatiger

    Senator Kennedy, may he rest in peace, was also pro abortion. What should people of faith, and in particular Catholics, do about that?

  • alanr1

    I am not Catholic so I won’t comment on what they should do. As a Christian I’m opposed to Obamacare. I also believe that the author, John Gehring, over estimates the power of Sen. Kennedy’s death and legacy. Outside of Washington, Massachusetts, and the print media Sen. Kennedy was not popular. He simply was not his brothers.

  • mharwick

    Ted Kennedy is not the issue. Obamacare is a State-controlled mockery of a travesty of a sham that will ruin health care for the elderly, ration health care for all who want it, turn us all into numbers, create waiting lists for needed surgeries and procedures, set up another trillion dollar layer of government filled with bureaucrats who do not respond to phone calls or letters and who will as with Medicare drive doctors to despair. No man should be forced to buy insurance under any government mandate. This is not a socialist/fascist state yet but it is rapidly become so. A one party system that will ram this bitter pill down our collective throats and we will suffer for it for all time.

  • swhite5

    What has happen to our country? The hate that I read about bringing health care to those who need it is appalling. For those of you that say you are Christians, this is no way Christ like. Jesus Christ taught us to provide for the poor and he would provide for us. Also to those who believe, there is no fear, so why are you projecting fear for such a good and noble cause? Senator Kennedy demonstrated his love for Jesus Christ through his works and I know that he is now resting in peace. May God Bless the United States of America because from what I am reading we need it more now than ever. My Sincere Condolences to the Kennedy Family

  • dunngood

    I am so saddened to read the hate and intolerance posted on this post. For all of those of you who feel that you are “pure” enough to cast the first stone at Ted: Who among you have done half of what this man has done to serve the poor, the homeless, the powerless? I do not wish to absolve even Sen. Kennedy from the transgressions of his life – surely the man was flawed. But so are all of us! And yet, he got up and dedicated each day of his life to making this country a more compassionate, more hopefully, and more opportunistic. The world is better place for Teddy Kennedy having lived in it.I know that I, too, am flawed and I have yet to achieve the connection, the commitment, the passion, and the dedication to use my energy and life to make the world a truly better place, though I try in my small ways.I am inspired and challenged by Ted Kennedy and I thank him for his dedication.

  • mhof

    No doubt Mr. Gehring’s heart is in the right place, but only someone completely unacquainted with economics, human nature and 20th century history could want to expand government’s role in health care. Come to think of it, that unfortunately describes about 35% of Americans.Typos (14 million), malapropisms (“tenants”) and links that read like a DNC mailing list (Huffington Post, American Progress, etc.)…..and this from the Deputy Communications Director of this outfit? The article is as weak as the thinking which informs it.

  • ProfElwood

    To those who would seek to confuse the notion of armed robbery with charity:Charity is when you freely give to those who are in need through no fault of their own. Armed robbery is when you use force of arms to take people’s hard earned income to divert it to your purposes.Ironically, as Arthur C. Brooks, a professor at Syracuse University, concluded in “Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism.”, “The surprise is that liberals are markedly less charitable than conservatives.“ adding:- “Although liberal families’ incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give, on average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household ($1,600 per year vs. $1,227).”- “Conservatives also donate more time and give more blood.”- “People who reject the idea that “government has a responsibility to reduce income inequality” give an average of four time more than people who accept that proposition.”So, if you are going to criticize anyone for lack of compassion, look at your those whose highest ambition is to spend other people’s money taken at the point of government’s gun.

  • AntonioSosa

    In honor of Edward Kennedy, Obama and his accomplices should choose a more truthful and descriptive name for their bill. How about Kopechne-Care? It would accurately describe the care we would receive if the bill is passed – the same care Mary Jo Kopechne was provided when she was left to drown and die by Edward Kennedy.

  • mike1ad

    Being a Christian means telling the truth helping the poor and caring for the helpless. Didn’t Jesus say if you want to be perfect give away all you have and follow me. He said that it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kindom of God. What did this man do with his money? He lived in expensive homes, hired maids to clean up after him, took vacations when people were starving in the world and had no place to live. He took tax payers money and used it to fund the killing of those that he was hired to protect. What did Jesus say about childern? He said let the Childern come to me. He said woe to anyone that harms a hair on their heads. Where did Jesus live? He didn’t have a home, no money and healed the sick and fed the poor. Now before Ted died he wanted to meet with the Pope. Why? He didn’t think it was important to follow the teaching of the church when he voted on all the bills that killed babies. Isn’t one of the ten commandments not to kill? The truth is the truth, you don’t take any money or power with you when you stand before God to give an account for your life. Didn’t Jesus say to those that are given much, much is expected? I pray for this man’s soul and for all souls to find the way the truth and the life when they can make a difference in this world. Unfortunately the devil blinds peoples minds and hearts with power, money, and greed knowing what will follow. It is a shame that this person could of helped so many but made poor choices with his life. Why isn’t the media reporting on all the abortion bills he supported? I will tell you why because its the truth and the devil does not want the truth to be told so he can take as many souls with him to hell. May God forgive him for all his sins. May God be merciful to this world and send down his spirit of truth to change peoples hearts.You may not agree with the information in this message. That is ok because its still the truth. Remember what Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the light. The truth will never die.

  • jweyster1

    THANK YOU for expressing the MORAL IMPERATIVE which Senator Ted Kennedy asserted! I KNOW we MUST fulfill this MORAL IMPERATIVE or we “SIN”! Together we are called to accountability/responsibility to this MORAL IMPERATIVE by James’ admonition in his letter – “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” (NIV translation, The Letter of James, New Testament, The Bible) God guide, encourage, help and bless us! Mr. E., “We the People” blogger, The Janesville Gazette (WI).

  • AntonioSosa

    One of the cheapest and most effective ways to solve many of our health care problems would be to buy one-way tickets to Cuba or North Korea for all those who want socialized medicine and a socialist/communist country! They can take their comrades Obama and Pelosi with them. They have no right to transform the U.S. into another failed socialist country like Cuba just because they are dumbed down, as per Pravda:

  • pioneer1

    No amount of health care reform can make up for the millions slaughtered by the forces of relgion over the years. Mythology-based belief systems specialize in death and destruction of those who dont believe in (fill in the name of your favorite cartoon character here). If you havent noticed, Islam is doing this right now, with Jews and Christians at the top of their death list; luckily you can avoid death by just agreeing to the version of mythology favored by those who would otherwise murder you. And if you want to quote the Catholics, quote the views of the Bishops on abortion; dont pick and choose from among their views, lets see them all laid out relative to your favorite Canadian health care plan.

  • Athena4

    I seem to recall some radical, long-haired hippie-type who walked around in sandals say something like, “whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.” Then again, he was probably a socialist.