The Good Samaritan invented comprehensive health coverage:
“For scoundrels are found among my people; they take over the goods of others. Like fowlers they set a trap: they catch human beings. Like a cage full of birds, their houses are full of treachery; therefore they have become great and rich, they have grown fat and sleek. They know no limits in deeds of wickedness; they do not judge with justice the cause of the orphan, to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy. Shall I not punish them for these things? says the Lord, and shall I not bring retribution on a nation such as this?” Jeremiah 5:26-29
“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Amos 5:24
“Because the scriptural test of a just nation is how it treats its weakest members, we will be clear and consistent advocates to policy-makers on behalf of public health matters and access to healthcare for everyone. We join other faith-based communities in urging our government to establish policy for a system of healthcare in which everyone, everywhere in the United States has access to basic, affordable healthcare, and where the risks and expenses are shared by all.” — Mennonite Church USA, 2006
1) Is the proposed system truly universal? Will it cover everyone, regardless of income, employment, social status, or pre-existing conditions?
2) Is anyone excluded? Does it include immigrants as a whole, and undocumented immigrants in particular?
3) Is it comprehensive? Does it include the following:
• Doctor visits • Nursing home and long-term care
• Hospitalization • Preventive and rehabilitation services
• Access to specialists • Prescription drugs
• Mental health treatment • Dental and vision care
• Occupational health services • Medical supplies and equipment?
4) Is there a single standard of care, or will there be inferior care for the poor, and superior care for the wealthy?
5) Is it cost-effective? Will it cost the average person more or less than what he or she pays now?
6) Is its financing fair, consistent with the social justice principles of our churches?
7) Does it address health care primarily as a human right or as a commodity? Does it enhance, restrict, or eliminate the role of private, profit-motivated insurance companies?
8) Does it have an effective cost control system?
9) Does it provide relief for workers who may be displaced by the elimination of private health insurance companies?
10) Is the health care coverage affordable to all people?
11) Is it accessible so that all people, without geographic restrictions, ethnicity and language differences, and with cultural differences may get care?
12) Is the coverage portable so that if you leave a job or change your life conditions through moving, loss of a spouse, etc., you still have coverage?
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