So, I've been thinking quite a lot, about what has struck me as a complex set of contradictions for a long time. Even as we are passionately against abortion, should we not be passionately in favor of universal health care? Why is America the only industrialized nation on earth that doesn't have universal health care? Why do we have the highest infant morality rates of any industrialized nation and our health expectancy the lowest?
If we can spend billions, and trillions of dollars, to kill people around the world, all for perfectly justifiable reasons, I hope, can't we figure out a way to spend even half as much to heal and care for the sick and the poor in our own nation? Why is socialized medicine acceptable in the United States military, but not for the whole nation? Isn't a healthy nation in our national best interest? We have socialized our fire safety long ago. Why are our police forces not privatized? Why is health care based on the availability of cash, not need? Why are sick people treated as customers of health care, not persons in need of it? Why should the Presidents/CEOs of our nation's largest private health insurance company be millionaires and in at least one case, a billionaire, when we have, across our country, chronic lack of health care insurance, or worse yet, chronic underinsurance? Why do we pay more attention to the Dow Jones average than we do the neighbor in need?
I've been reading Luther's Large Catechism, on the fifth and seventh commandments, and these and other discomforting questions came to mind.