I believe that access to health care is a fundamental human right. In a moral society, the right to health and well-being should be fully accessible to all, not only the privileged, wealthy few. I am convicted in this way as a citizen, a person of a faith, and a neighbor, as I know people who depend upon life-saving medications, procedures, treatment, and forms of therapy.
We need to ask ourselves seriously how we are going to resist. How are we going to disempower the centers of money and power in tangible ways? How are we going to support each other through this? Solidarity comes at a high price in times like these. None of us can go this alone and expect success. History, however, has shown us that when we go it together, we can beat back tyranny.
Reports warn that at least 25-30 million people will lose healthcare coverage when Obamacare is repealed. This issue isn’t going anywhere until we fix it. Challenging political and media narratives is a first step to resetting the agenda. We must be more vocal about the substantive differences. Polarity here is only found in one group’s desire to strip the humanity and dignity of the other’s.
I believe the time is so ripe for us to throw off the shackles of institutional commitments that make us busy and perhaps even give us identity, but which also blur our vision and suck our passions dry, and for us to build a revolution. And this will be a revolution of invitation that eliminates marginalization, a revolution of shared plenty that overcomes greed and isolation, and a revolution of love that drives out fear. Thanks to Jesus, the revolution is here. We need only to live it out in shared spaces with others.