Archive for July, 2007

Call To Action Healthcare By TBT

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

We are doing this because we think Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, and Peter Maurin would have liked it. They were action people who did not think religious people ought to be passing the buck. They passed what money they got to someone who needed it more. So, when it comes to health care, why do we have to make it so hard, and so much like a duty of the powerful and the rich. In most cases, what most of us need is some medical advice, some minor repairs, and a place in the neighborhood where a doctor and a nurse can do those kinds of things. It is not very complicated and not very expensive. In fact, 2,000 of us in any neighborhood could chip in $40 a month and pay the salaries of a physician and a nurse and the overhead of the clinic. That clinic could take care of 3,000 to 4,000 people a year. It would not be free health care, but as far as the people in the neighborhood are concerned, it would be so reasonable as to seem free. I have heard people in England and Canada say that their health care is free. They mean that they voted to have the government take the $40 from them in taxes so that they would not have to pay a fee at the clinic and turn their doctor and nurse into a street vendor and a collection agency. They don’t want retail health care and we don’t want it either. We just can’t get the people we serve, the rich and powerful and the politicians that work for them, to let the riff-raff like us use the tax system to pay the salaries and overhead of the doctors and nurses. So, we need a “call to action,” like Merton used to say, to put our $40 together and hire doctors and nurses to work for us in each neighborhood that has 2,000 sane (or insane) people willing to donate to their own cause, in their own place, so that some 3,000 to 4,000 people can get good health care.

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