Health care bill focuses on what matters

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 2, 2010

Adapting to change has always made people leery. Take for instance the issues that surrounded the passage of the health care bill.

For a minute, I thought we were going to have a health care crisis that didn’t involve an epidemic or widespread diseases. Finally, and I mean finally, the health care issue is over with and we have jumped over one more hurdle or climbed one more mountain that has kept people down for years.

When are we going to live up to our earthly duties as humanitarians or Christians? Why can’t we just stop worrying about how we can keep individuals down instead of just helping them up? Everyone deserves to have health care, rich, poor, black, white, red or yellow, and even those green with envy.

There is a scripture in the Bible that refers to taking no thought of what we shall eat, what shall we drink, what we shall put on, but also in that group of scriptures is that it says “the life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.”

Isn’t life more precious than what we have to put inside our stomach and isn’t the body more precious that what we put on it? We put too much emphasis on the wrong things.

Why not health care for everyone? Why not giving help to the elderly who can’t pay for their prescriptions, just to name a few? Why not? Why is there so much fighting and bickering and disagreeing over major issues that concerns the U.S. as a whole?

It is so stressing for the American people hearing that the folks who make decisions for United States are at one another’s throats, all the time.

Do we care so much about the things that surround human life rather than human life itself? For some reasons, I am not getting it. Do we care about the things that are materialistic rather than a human being? I should think not.

Take for instance, every one of the 50 states requires that automobiles have the minimal or liability insurance.

Yes, they are more concerned that if a car gets wrecked, that insurance is in place to repair it or replace it. Listen, a life can’t be replaced, but it is a good thing, that now, something is in place to repair it.

Everyone can’t afford health insurance for one reason or another. It might be because of you are working at a temporary job which doesn’t offer insurance; you might have been laid off from a job of 20 years or maybe you just can’t afford to pay the so-called affordable or cheap premiums. And why do we worry about the additional 25 cents, hypothetically speaking, added on for taxpayers as long as it goes to a worthy cause?

Isn’t health care for the body a worthy cause? Just like car insurance, it will only be used if needed and for preventions.

Furthermore, guess what, poor people pay taxes too. Anything that is purchased is taxed. If you feel that materialistic things (raiment) is worth more than the body, then your priorities are not in the right place.

Sure, the bill was a little too technical and had to be politically correct, but the bottom line was health care for all, affordable health care and that includes everything it takes to keep a person healthy or those in dire need of health issues.

Isn’t the body more important than raiment? I hope so.

Beverly Gibson is a Ferriday resident.