Who Would Jesus Bitch Slap?
The problem with being dead for 2000 years is you have no control over how people abuse your memory. It’s time for the Second Coming of Christ, but only for him to come back and smack some fundies and Libertarians around.
Jesus advocated kindness to others and looking out for the well being of humanity as a whole. There are certainly many ways to accomplish this goal. To fundies, apparently, if they don’t like one proposed route, then they give up on the destination completely.
OneNeuronNow has been reading blogs over at the Cato Institute (motto: “It’s good to be selfish!”). They’ve summarized one that especially reinforces their biases: “‘WWJD’ – About Healthcare Reform?”.
A health policy expert at the Cato Institute believes Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan provides insight into why a new government health insurance program is a poor idea.
Actually, it provides more insight into how people will twist positive moral parables into justifications for their own greed.
Michael Cannon, the Cato Institute’s director of health policy studies, recently published a blog post on the think tank’s website titled “Health Care Reform: What Would Jesus Do?” The post, written by Cannon’s father—a Catholic theologian in Northern Virginia—took the familiar story in the Book of Luke about a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho who “fell among thieves” and was “left half dead,” and applied that to the current debate in America over healthcare reform.
Cannon says while everyone has an obligation to help those who are less fortunate, it is important how that duty is fulfilled. He contends President Obama’s desire for the government to carry out that responsibility is misguided because Jesus did not instruct his followers to form a polity or put their charity to a majority vote before acting to help those in need.
OK, then. How many uninsured Americans’ doctor bills has Cannon personally paid for?
“If you remember the Parable of the Good Samaritan, there’s a priest and a Levite who use their freedom in different ways than the Samaritan did. They chose not to help the man who was lying by the side of the road,” he points out.
So this Libertarian is telling us not to be Libertarians, who leave everybody lying by the side of the road.
“But the Samaritan used his freedom, and Jesus encouraged his followers to use their freedom to help the poor and the sick.…”
Christians make up 80% of the population. Where the hell are they? It’s easy to be a Christian when all you have to do is babble endlessly about how you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your personal lord and savior. It’s an entirely different thing when it comes to living the values, especially if those values are going to cost money.
“…And when you do that, the care that they receive ends up being better.”
Oh, yes. The health care the uninsured get is so fantastic these days! Thank you, Christians! Thank you!
Cannon argues the government’s effort to provide medical care to the poor is “an administrative and bureaucratic nightmare” because of the all the politicking and litigation involved.
All of that “politicking and litigation” comes from conservatives who don’t want to pay for end of life planning (“death panels!”) or reproductive services (“murdering babies!”) or saving the life of somebody who snuck into this country (“they aren’t humans if they aren’t Americans!”).
He and his father believe turning the duty of caring for the poor over to the government loses the “human touch” and compassion that should accompany such charity.
Then it’s a good thing that nobody is proposing turning over the health care of the poor, or anybody for that matter, to the government. It’s going to be handled by the same doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals who are providing it today.