The effects of the new "Affordable Care Act" (aka Obamacare) are being realized by nearly every American citizen. The fallacy of "if you like your insurance, you can keep it" has been widely exposed as patently false and previously insured families have become the latest victims of an overreaching government bent on proclaiming its godhood.
Although our immediate family has not yet been affected (not yet, being the operative phrase), my parents health care has seen a marked change. For years, they have scheduled a yearly physical. They have no major health issues and their physical is merely preventative maintenance. This year, they called to schedule their physical and were told that under the new Affordable Care Act legislation, they were no longer allowed to have a "physical", however, they could make different appointments, each specifically dealing with one aspect of their previously scheduled yearly physical. During one appointment, they could discuss any health concerns with their doctor. During another, completely separate appointment, they could have blood tests performed. Yet another appointment would be required to address any of their previously discussed health concerns and test results. Wow! That makes sense - three appointments where one would have sufficed.
While this may not seem excessive to some of you (although I can't imagine anyone who would think this was a good idea), when you take into consideration that my folks live way out in the boonies and have to travel over 2 1/2 hours, one way, to make a trip to their doctor, legislation like this becomes ridiculous. Not only did my parents have to make three 5 hour trips, they also learned that their coverage had changed significantly. They had been deemed too old for numerous routine tests yet they now qualified for STD testing and birth control pills. What?!
As you may have guessed, I am no fan of Obamacare. I do not believe that the government has any business melding in our health care. So why do they? Because we have forced them. We have become terrified of death and dying. We have bowed down to worship at the feet of health and youth. We no longer rely on God for our every breath. Having dethroned God, we now believe that the State issues life. And if the State issues life, then the State must also be responsible for health.
The truth is, that our very existence is a gift from the One True God. The State has nothing to do with it. I am not the State's responsibility - I am God's responsibility. He made me, He cares for me and He sustains me. He numbered the days of my life before I was born. He counted the hairs on my head and breathed existence into my being. As a child of God, I have nothing to fear.
I know that I may fall ill tomorrow. I know that one of my children may be in a horrific accident. But when push comes to shove, do I demand redress from the State, for help from an unfeeling bureaucrat? Or do I appeal to the maker of the universe?
We have forgotten where our life comes from. In our earnestness to make sure that everyone has equal access to health care - to take from one person and give to another, we have forgotten that we already do have equal access. Rich or poor, healthy or sick, black or white, we all have the ability to kneel before the throne of God and plead our case. We have forgotten that health is not our god. That sickness and death may, in fact, be the very path to the salvation of our souls. We have forgotten that our soul is by far more important than our body and that suffering can be the cocoon from which the greatest blessings and beauty emerge.
I am in no way advocating deserting prudent health care. That would be poor stewardship and completely ridiculous. I am, however, advocating that we become less focused on our "right to accessible health care" and more focused on the author of life. The State is not our god. The King of Kings alone bears that title.
The State is but a puny god. Worship in Truth.