Instead of the Affordable Care Act becoming President Obama's Waterloo, the Kochs' war against it may turn out to be their Iraq. Who, after all, believes Bush actually intended to strengthen Iran and the Shia?
The patient may be using Medicaid to get care, but that does not mean that she has been eligible all of her life. The past decade has seen millions of people lose their jobs and grasp at social services to maintain their health and the health of their family, especially in 2009.
When the dedicated, expert hospital staff saves a life -- yet the survivor loses all of his assets down a fiscal rabbit hole because of wildly inflated medical bills -- how is the hospital honoring its vow?
It's possible that to have a nickel-sized spot of cancer cut from my head will cost us more than the birth of our second child. I doubt I've got it in me to ask the surgeon to go without a local anesthetic, but maybe I will bring my own bandages and painkiller to cut down on costs.
Medicare is far from perfect, but it works. Though it's true that Medicare will consume a growing percentage of the GDP in the long-run, it's the dysfunction of our overall health care system that is driving up costs. We cannot risk privatizing it for political expedience.
What kind of person deliberately deceives and misleads hundreds of millions of people into accepting a fairy-tale for their future health coverage -- and would leave them powerless to do anything about it?
With an issue like health, deeply personal but of great public concern, the faith community has a unique and important role to play: to define and raise the moral issues that lay just beneath the policy debate.