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Jesus and the Affordable Care Act


Jesus must be in support of many provisions of the affordable care Act. I really think so. Let me be quick to point out that I don’t know all the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. I don’t know what all its unintended consequences may be. Healthcare being so complex, I don’t have all the information relating to some imperfections of the healthcare law or the burdens America may have to bare as we strive towards healthcare for all. But what I do know is that the law's intentions to provide universal coverage for all Americans, stop insurance companies from discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions and subsidize coverage for the elderly and those on the fringes of society among others are in agreement with Jesus’ teachings and work. In fact, Jesus refers to healing or healthcare as “the children’s bread” (Matthew 15:22-28). That being said, Jesus regarded healthcare as a right or entitlement and not a privilege. His approach to healthcare - healing every one of their diseases regardless of health plans, age and status sounds to me more like universal coverage - the central theme of the Affordable Care Act.


The Bible records in Matt 4:23 “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” I believe many of those people were no longer employed and therefore not covered by their employers’ insurance plan. It wouldn't matter if they could buy across state lines or not. COBRA was expensive and I believe they could not afford. Some were maxed out and could no longer be covered by their employer based plans. But with Jesus, even senior citizens (Medicare recipients, possibly) who were already in the doughnut hole were covered. If Jesus was operating by the status quo, the lady with the issue of blood for 12 years who went broke because she spent all her money paying for her healthcare would have still been denied due to pre-existing condition.

Everywhere he went, the Bible says He was doing good deeds especially to those who could not do for themselves. He healed the man who was born blind of no fault of his own or his parents. He also healed the guy who lived in the grave yard and was violent to himself and others. I believe this guy did not qualify for Medicare, Medicaid or any of the social programs. If he were living in our society today, he would probably be blamed for not working so hard. By virtue of his postal address - living among the tombs, he was unqualified for any entitlement or welfare programs. But thank God, Jesus’ healthcare plan covered him.


If everything I read from the Bible is also the same other Christians including conservatives and liberals have read or heard, then Jesus may be in support of most  if not all provisions of the Affordable Care Act, or at least the intent of the law.

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