I tend to avoid political conversations. I avoid them, not because I am devoid of an opinion, but because the people that tend to want to discuss politics, get louder and quippier, while their arguments become less about facts or experiences and more about their opinion. These are the reasons I avoid political conversations.
But today, I am going to dive right into the fray. But first…. a bit of background.
Several years ago I learned something about myself, I learned that listening to political talk radio, and watching political news shows was becoming detrimental to my well being. I was getting MAD…. not just the annoying kind of mad, like when a fly is buzzing around your ears and you wish it gone….. but the deep down-bitter-pissed off kind of mad that has you constantly muttering under your breath at people who don’t think the same way you do on a certain subject. I felt like I was being aroused into a mob mentality, where lashing out at people who held a differing opinion, was a right, if not a duty, and that the louder you spoke, the more correct you would thus become.
As I was beginning not to like the person I was becoming as I filled my mind with rhetoric from people who held opinions and microphones with which to project them, I was being convicted about how much time I spent focused on the things that were not of God. I knew more about politics than I did about my Bible, and that dear friends was a toxic problem.
So I quit. Cold Turkey. I shut off the radio and after a few weeks the involuntary twitching subsided and I began to feel more relaxed and in control of my emotions. This does not mean that I have stuck my head in the sand and I am blissfully unaware of what happens in our country, it just means that the pursuit of political knowledge is no longer what rules my days. It means that I do not filter my political thought through the collective mind of the media, but through how God says I should, because ultimately HE is in control of everything.
That background given, I would like to offer up a bit of discussion on yesterday’s news, filtered through my reading of Proverbs this morning, and how the Supreme Court decision will personally affect me.
I was reading Proverbs 29……
v1: He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
More than a personal rebuke, could it be that our country is suffering the consequences of choices made long ago….. choices that may indeed bring our destruction?
v2: When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
Hmmmmm……. This could go either way depending on which political party line you subscribe to…. but it is food for thought. We as a nation groan regardless of whom is in authority over us. Might lend some insight into their ( and our own ) righteousness before God.
Now let’s tackle the issue. Yesterday there was a decision by people we have appointed to a position of legal authority, on a gazillion paged document titled by the news media as “Obamacare”.
The premise everyone could agree that this “Obamacare” is about is health-care. Some see it as the provision of health-care for all, others as government intervention into an area of personal choice.
I like doctors, I don’t mind going to them when I need help. I would agree they are expensive and I would agree that health insurance is equally expensive. But until yesterday I had a choice about which expense to spend my money on…. the price of doctors when I need them, or the cost of risk assignment to a health insurance company…..
If I may draw a parallel….
I like food, I use it to nourish my body. Food I buy at local farmers markets is more expensive than food at my grocery store. I chose to spend more for food that is of a better quality and flavor. I have that choice. It is mine to make.
My family IS poverty. We are the working poor. We are one step from homelessness. I am not saying this to garner sympathy, just to state a fact. For the last 6 years we have lived on an income of about 36,000, we are a family of 6. We do this without the aid of food stamps, WIC, or assisted housing. According to the data supplied by the state I live in, a family that makes less than 45,000 a year is eligible for medicaid. This is the current standard, before yesterday’s decision. Even though I qualify and have applied for this form of health care, I have been denied it.
Now, I hear the new numbers for a family to qualify for medicaid, under yeterday’s decision, is an annual income of under 43,000. I am sorry, but I have trouble believing that a 2,000 dollar annual drop in that number is going to cause a rush of benevolence in the bureaucratic nightmare that is our government. If past performance is indicative of future results, I will be denied this health insurance option again.
To be fair, I will state that my children are covered by medicaid. They qualified. My husband is a combat veteran, he has insurance free of charge from the federal government as a entitlement for completing his contract of service. I am the only member of my household that we can not afford to cover, and the only member that has been denied coverage. I am healthy. I have no preexisting conditions.
Yesterday I was told by my government that now I have to pay a penalty ( or tax, you pick the word you like best) on a service, that they tell me I qualify for, but they deny me. Now, I will have to pay for something I don’t even receive??? ……or I have to find the funds to pay for a more expensive privatized option, which would be more financially crippeling than this penalty/tax. Call me crazy, but this seems like a lose-lose situation for me. I don’t see how this is truly free health-care for all. With these options available to me, I am not sure I really want my government in control of health-care. They aren’t even following their current guidelines and standards.
I haven’t read the entire gazillion paged document that was voted on yesterday. But there is a document that is only a few pages long that I would like to think that I am well versed in. It is our Constitution. In a perfect world, with a perfect government, we would have held to it’s guidelines. We haven’t. We haven’t followed God’s rules, nor our own man made ones, and there are consequences.
My hardworking family will join others and be the reapers of those consequences. We will be the ones who will pay…. we will pay for what we can not afford, and what we will not receive, because a government decided it knew best, and has taken away my right to choose the way I spend the money we do make.
I am sure that God will be faithful and provide for us a way to pay for whatever ends up happening after the folks on either side of the isle stop fighting over it all…..
But until then……for what it is worth….. that I how I see it….. That is how yesterday affected me.