Affordable Care Act and Character of America
A lot of Republican politicians are claiming that big things are at stake in the fight over the Affordable Care Act. They are correct. The biggest issue at stake is what kind of people Americans are. The question is whether America is inhabited by kind, generous people, or if it is inhabited by cold, mean-spirited, greedy people. And there are few more important issues for America than this.
The substance of Affordable Care Act is this: That the American citizen would not have to choose between having medicine and having dinner, and that the American family would not have to choose between sending the grandfather to hospital or sending the son to university. American people are better than to force their brethren to make such a choice.
What the people who are against the Affordable Care Act do not understand is that it provides a reason for lower-income people to work. Most beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act are lower-end workers. Right now, the person who is unemployed gets Medicaid, and the low-end worker does not get health insurance. This creates an incentive on these people not to work. Whereas if their health needs are met through the Affordable Care Act, they have reason to work.
While many people who are against the Affordable Care Act like to think themselves Christian, their behavior is completely against everything that Christianity is about. Christianity demands to take care of the widow and the orphan. Christianity demands to be good to the next person. Christianity demands to take care of the poor. A person who would deny his neighbor affordable health care cannot be considered a true Christian.
So yes, large issues are at stake here; and the biggest one is what American people choose to be like. The most important of these issues is whether American people are kind and generous or if they are cold, greedy and mean. This carries huge implications both for American people and for America's global standing. Choose kindness and generosity and see America vastly improve.