Category: Government & Politics

Good health care requires widespread use of medical insurance

Forget politics for a minute, as a Jesus Follower I think everyone has a right to good medical care.

In a capitalist society, that means people, not the government, pay for it. So, along comes insurance to help the non-wealthy pay for medical care. That works OK when employers are paying for most medical insurance. As that falls away people cannot afford insurance, so many don’t have it and the result is that have their medical care is subsidized by everyone else who has insurance or pays full costs.

For good health care in a capitalist society people must either pay full cost or be insured at a level that reflects actual medical costs. These costs are high and, as a result, insurance is high, but the vast majority of people must have insurance in order for all of us to receive reasonable medical care.

The problem is many people can’t or don’t want to buy insurance. Medical insurance is essential to our nation and its people because if millions go uncovered the quality of medical care will continue to decline in the U.S.

In short, in a capitalist society, good medical care for all is dependent on the vast majority of people having insurance.

Pray today for frightened children

Elections are more than political exercises; they affect lives. Fear and confusion is gripping some children today, so they need our prayers. Two friends shared the following prayer requests and gave me permission to share them more broadly.

“My wife is a high school librarian. She called to let me know many Latino students are distraught. Their parents are not in the US legally and the students are afraid their parents will be deported.

“Please pray for these students. Today this is probably happening at schools throughout Texas.”

And another friend responded:

“My wife is a pre-k teacher . . . and she has felt and heard the same from her students, even at 4 years old. Prayers are definitely needed.”

No matter who we supported in Tuesday’s vote, we should care deeply for this children and their families.

(This post originally appeared on the Texas Baptists website.)