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Universal Healthcare

August 16, 2009
Daniel E. H. Bryant

Letter to the Editor, published 8/16/09


In the Parable of the Great Judgment, Jesus says, “I was sick and you did not take care of me.”  The judged protest, “Lord, when did we see you sick and not take care of you?”  He replies, “Just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” 

In this country we turn our back on Jesus 47 million times every day that we thwart efforts to provide health coverage for the uninsured.  I can understand those who raise questions about how health care reform will be financed or how it might impact their care, what I cannot understand is how those who espouse Christian values use blatant lies, fear tactics and name calling to sabotage public dialogue on how we are going provide for “the least of these” and contain costs for most all of us.

Sarah Palin claims the primary bill before Congress will create “death panels” to coerce the elderly to accept minimal end-of-life care.  It does not.  Though widely discredited by members of her own party, she persists in perpetuating this gross distortion for political gain. 

Yesterday I received an e-mail from the “Christian Response” attacking “Obamacare” and the tactics of “left-wing goons” to promote the “socialist plans of Obama.”  Ironically, the e-mail had not one Christian idea, scripture or concept.

So how about this:  “Care for the sick and you care for me.”  Jesus said it, only question is, who will do it? 


Daniel E. H. Bryant
Senior Minister
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Eugene, OR


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