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Editorial: 40 days of prep, 90 days of focus
Thomas J. Leytham, M.D.
Guest EditorialJuly 3, 2012 | 1,227 views | 1 comment
The Old Testament and New Testament both teach love thy neighbor as thyself.
The Supreme Court ruling of June 28 regarding health care will allow a law to stand which will continue to raise your neighbor’s health-care premiums -- if they are employed.
The health-care ruling will also make it more difficult for your unemployed neighbors to find work. The ruling will also leave a law mostly intact which will possibly cause your neighbor without insurance to pay more than they would have had to pay in order to afford a policy if the law were not enacted -- or pay a tax instead.
The law preserved in this ruling will sooner or later result in your elderly neighbor being denied certain medical procedures which their doctor believes to be medically necessary. The law will not likely help your uninsured neighbor find health insurance which is more affordable than was available before but can prevent your neighbor’s employer from being able to offer certain forms of care which other neighbors already rely upon.
The law will seem to legitimize a number of false claims made by the authors of the law, including the false implication that this was the only way to get insurance for your neighbor who has a pre-existing condition (such a policy could have been agreed upon in a bipartisan fashion if the true goal of the law was to improve upon our current health-care system).
Instead, the law will certainly increase the future national debt to be burdened upon your neighbor’s children and will also eventually result in decreased access to quality care for your neighbor’s children.
The evidence for the above is so overwhelming that anyone who claims to be informed and yet continues to support the law is likely to be subject to severe cognitive dissonance, excessively influenced by cult-figure hero worship, willfully suspending their disbelief of false claims made on behalf of the law, suffering from the emotional influence of identity politics or class bigotry, or simply hiding the fact that they only agree with the law on the basis that they are hoping it leads to a totally different health-care system by undercutting the system which preceded the law (or some combination of these or similar factors).
Given the last statement, out of compassion, we should pray for our friends who either still support the law or do not yet understand why it is so harmful. I am sure many of us were hoping the Supreme Court would do the heavy lifting for us so that the monumental task of educating many others in time for the November election would not fall so heavily upon us.
On a positive note, if we had to choose between a better ruling today and keeping the same president we now have for four more years, or getting rid of the current president while keeping this ruling, that would be an easy choice.
I don’t know about you, but I believe Providence has had a guiding hand in establishing this country for the betterment of the rest of the world and that being said, things could well be happening now for the purpose of waking us up and motivating us to do whatever is legally necessary to ensure that the liberties entrusted to us which have made this country strong will not be abated -- at least not on our watch.
There are 130 days until the election. That gives us 40 days of preparation followed by a season (90 days) of focused action. I pray we will be blessed with the strength and resolve for this task. It will not be easy. The proponents of this silly law will spend much money and energy in a deliberate effort to confuse and mislead our neighbors as to what the stakes truly are. It is not up to the Supreme Court to stop them. It is up to us.
Dr. Leytham is a resident of La Vernia.
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