I did some research last year on Medicaid, some simple undergraduate research, but the findings were still interesting…I just never completed my write-up. The past few weeks, I’ve been doing mental back-flips trying to remember my thought process and make my year-old research sound relevant today. The findings were rather political and naturally, I’ve been reading very politicized papers about health care. Considering the differences between the previous and current administration, health care has been an area for much debate. Much problem-finding. Much potential solutions. Both administrations have worked to give Americans access to health care coverage.
Yes, I find that to be the case for both the Democratic and Republican administrations. Both policies have positives and negatives, and the alternating views depend on one simple thing: ideology. Ideology is, actually, not so simple.
The controversy underlying health care in America is: universal healthcare; do Americans deserve universal healthcare? Should the federal government be responsible for quality care for all of its citizens irregardless of their ability to pay? Should the federal government strictly regulate third-party coverage providers (insurance) so that its citizens could receive services even if they can’t pay? … Should the states be responsible? Should taxes go towards healthcare services? Should ALL services be covered or just XYZ? … the questions go on forever.
And I am not here to answer them. Wow. There was a time when I thought I wanted to be a policymaker and nope, no thanks. I love problem-solving, I actually wonder if they have adult FPS? But, I don’t see any solution here that would please everyone. Pleasing everyone is impossible. Reading these “peer-reviewed,” “scientific” articles with blatant political tones makes it obvious that these researchers are not really fighting for improved healthcare, they are fighting for/against certain ideological values.
2 Timothy 4:3
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”
So, that’s human nature. It’s always masked…Right? Behind the veil, the health care war is less about the problem or solutions and more about proving the validity of polarized ideas. My party has better morals than your party, so we deserve to control the decisions that affect millions.
The funny part to little ol’me, is that I don’t see how the health care industry currently has our interests at heart. I don’t think that greater access to hospitals, doctors, clinics, etc. would make people immensely healthier. It would make people go to these providers more often because they’re financially able to. (of course, condition severity matters, sick people need these resources more than healthy people–another observation for another day is that people want to be sick now-a-days).
Agh I digress…I tend to prefer natural remedies for curing the body and meaningful lifestyle activities for curing the mind. So that’s my short ideology.
The point is, universal health care is not going to eradicate every illness in America. If tomorrow, everyone could go to the doctor for free, tomorrow, would not be the day everyone was immediately healthy. The government cannot make anybody healthier just because they’re the government. We seem to think these bodies of *educated* men and women are superheroic congregations that will save us from the plagues of humanity.
Illness is a part of human life. It’s unfortunate, heartbreaking, trying, painful. Yes. IT SUCKS! But as long as we live on earth, it’s expected along with many other humanly tribulations.
Sure, I do believe we should keep working to reduce poverty, sickness, violence and other plagues of humanity. But I think we are naive to put our faith in government bodies and organizational agencies. Our government is not God. Our politicians are not guardian angels. Our providers are not divine healers. They are all people. Just like me and just like you. With their own health issues and sticky situations.
We go to war with our family, friends, and neighbors in these debates because our trust is in the wrong person. We fight with our communities because they have different ideas of what the institution should or shouldn’t be doing. Your neighbor or old high school friend is not actually in the way of your health. That person who wrote a long Facebook post is not responsible for the things that make your life hard. Usually, your government is not even responsible for those either.
We all want to be healthy and happy. We all want life to go smoothly. We all want family blessings. We all want good lives. Behind this veil, we all want security.
We all want “universal health care,” even though we already have access to
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,”
“He Himself is our peace,” and He Himself is where we must put our faith. Every new morning is a morning we are blessed by God to live. Rather than make life harder through opinion-based hostility, we should proclaim the presence of the Lord. In our lives and pray for that presence to be channeled into the lives around you. Remove your dependence on the worldly leaders. Give God your faith. He is where real miracles begin.
Life on earth is short, painful, and still so lovely. Yet, never comparable to the life we have after death. With an eternal perspective, we find peace. We are less troubled by the worries of today. With an eternal perspective, the soul is calmed by God. This suffering is temporary.
1 Timothy 6:12
“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
Peace of mind is peace of body. Even that instance of realization is powerful for your physical health.
I know this because the church is not full of perfect people with perfect lives and perfect health, but when we congregate to worship the Lord. Nothing else matters. It’s a glimpse of the spiritual eternity where we worry not about the physical but only have joy and praise for the spiritual power of our Father.
2 Corinthians 5:8
“Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.”
Quite frankly, although politics can disturb my peace at times, I do rest in the Lord. And, I know that no matter what happens here, I am blessed for the eternal life that is to come. I am blessed even if the government makes bad decisions about my rights. I have been saved.
There is no reward greater than knowing my spirit, the greatest part of my being, has an eternal home in heaven. That reward is so big that it calms me even though I am feeling terribly sick, 7 months pregnant, and have a baby shower tomorrow. Even though my finances are not looking so nice. My faith does not lie in these worldly things. And I don’t hold anybody else responsible to fix this.
My God has already fixed my spirit. And with Him, I can take on any trial and tribulation. His promises are “yes and amen,” and He can never break His promises.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”