A Secular Humanist’s Perspective on Health Care Reform

August 19, 2009

This evening I listened to the National Faith Community’s Call to Action discussion which featured representatives from different faith communities , Melody Barnes ( the President’s Domestic Policy Adviser), and President Obama himself.  I liked the things I heard and I was glad to see that elements of the faith community were joining together to use their considerable influence on their members, the general public, and lawmakers in support of health care reform.  

They expressed concern about the rhetoric and misinformation that is being voiced.  They put forth the opinion that we need comprehensive health care and did not speak favorably of insurance companies.  One speaker said that it is not about ideology but about helping people and about who we are as a nation.   The pastor giving the opening prayer asked for what is God’s will saying that she believed it was God’s will for all to have health care. 

President Obama began by saying that all faiths share a moral conviction.  He said that we should look out for each other and be our brother’s keeper.  He stated that every time there have been attempts to make America better there are those who are against change and use fear to oppose it.  He admonished that we need to promote hope and not fear.  He encouraged people to talk to others and spread facts guided by hope and not by fear and to think about the well being of all Americans.

As a Secular Humanist , I, too, share the concern that all people have access to good affordable health care.  I, too, am concerned about the misinformation and blatant lies that are promoting fear and hatred. I agree that it should not be about ideology but about helping people and about who we are as a nation.  I, too, share the same moral conviction that President Obama spoke of.  I agree that we should look out for each other and be our brother’s keeper.   I agree that change has always been resisted by a certain element in our society and that historically they have used fear to sustain that resistance.

As a Secular Humanist , I want the solution to the heath care crisis to be based on solid data and studies which demonstrate what approach is the best for the American people.   I don’t want a plan that is based on any kind of political or economic ideology or religious dogma.  I don’t want a plan that is passed because it is politically expedient. I don’t want a plan that caters to the special interest groups.  I want a plan that is based on good, rock solid facts and analysis as to which will benefit the most people and allow them to have adequate health care not just for our generation but for future generations as well. 

Comments:

#1 SimonSays on Thursday August 20, 2009 at 5:52pm

So what do the facts say? What should this reform look like? And what should we be doing as secular humanists to bring about the necessary reform?

This humanist’s opinion: Support single-payer with HR 676. Allow medicare to negotiate pricing with the drug companies.

#2 Reba Wooden (Guest) on Thursday August 20, 2009 at 8:31pm

I don’t know all the facts.  I would like to see the results of an unbiased study on this.

#3 SimonSays on Friday August 21, 2009 at 3:39am

Reba, here’s some links to peer reviewed medical journals: http://www.pnhp.org/single_payer_resources/pnhp_research_the_case_for_a_national_health_program.php

#4 SimonSays on Friday August 21, 2009 at 3:41am

Correction: links to articles that have been published in peer reviewed medical journals

#5 Reba Boyd Wooden on Friday August 21, 2009 at 7:17am

Thanks Simon. I will check those out.

#6 wleslie (Guest) on Saturday August 22, 2009 at 8:22am

A good place to start are the PBS programs on FRONTLINE. Watch two documentaries; SICK IN AMERICA and SICK AROUND THE WORLD. They will give you some fact based insight into the failure of our profit=based system and the successes of 5 countries with single payer or public option programs.

#7 cirugia estetica de la nariz (Guest) on Wednesday August 26, 2009 at 5:19am

The American Right feels as if it is being held hostage by liberal society. This beleaguered mentality goes hand in hand with a world-view that is as demonic as it is dualistic. It is demonic in the sense that it sees the world as overrun by the forces of evil (now called liberalism) and dualistic because it regards its political opponents as the incarnation of cosmic evil.cirugia estetica de la nariz

#8 AdityaJamshed (Guest) on Wednesday August 26, 2009 at 5:25am

The American Right feels as if it is being held hostage by liberal society. This beleaguered mentality goes hand in hand with a world-view that is as demonic as it is dualistic. It is demonic in the sense that it sees the world as overrun by the forces of evil and dualistic because it regards its political opponents as the incarnation of cosmic evil.cirugia estetica de la nariz

#9 SimonSays on Wednesday August 26, 2009 at 5:29am

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