ReVision

What Will Throttle it All

  • November 29, -0001
I listened carefully to the President's press conference last night. I believe Mr. Obama is sincere, mostly. He can't resist the allure of power - or a friendly press corps - and so he's going to try to wield as much of it as he can. But I think he'd really like to go to bed at night with the feeling that more Americans were receiving better health care because of his doggedness on this issue. I can't say I know yet how he plans to do that; he speaks in such broad generalities that you can just about fill in the blanks with whatever seems right for you. But there is one component of the American health care system that the President's plan has failed to address. It's a two-sided coin, but it is the primary reason why health care costs keep rising, people keep falling through the cracks, health care is declining, and more and more people are drifting into desperation. The problem is covetousness, on the one side, and lack of neighbor love on the other. If people weren't so greedy for as much money as they can get, or so indifferent or even hostile to the needs of their neighbors, costs wouldn't rise, corruption would decline, and the quality of health care would improve all around. But that's a moral question, not a political one. So the President shouldn't speak to moral issues? His idol, Abraham Lincoln, surely did. Indeed, a large part of Lincoln's success was due to his insistence that Americans be a moral people and that they lay aside whatever immoral practices may be dividing the nation and contributing to the oppression of her citizens. Mr. Obama is a Christian. Shouldn't we expect a Christian to seize the moral high ground wherever he can? Shouldn't he call insurance companies, greedy and dishonest doctors, litigious patients and lawyers, and, well, the whole nation for that matter, to repent of our covetousness and lack of neighbor love? No amount of new government programs or watch-dog agencies is going to fix what ails the health care system. It's a moral issue at heart, and until our leaders address it as such, the sins of the people will throttle any efforts at reform, and the whole system will continue to get worse.

T. M. Moore