Death by profit
Long after midnight, some years ago, I found my son in the fetal position on the floor outside our bedroom door, in intense pain. We rushed him to the hospital. Pancreatitis, it was. He received good treatment. And in some days, he mostly recovered.
That night came to mind just now as I read these paragraphs from Sojourners:
Two weeks ago, Sam* died suddenly. He was only 21 years old, strong and healthy, preparing for a life ministering to youth. Cause of death: acute pancreatitis and previously undiagnosed diabetes. Reason for death: no access to health care to treat the incredible pain in his stomach – until it was too late. The bottom line: While angry protesters disrupt town hall meetings and national organizations spread fear-based lies, lives are lost.
The current health-care system leaves you and me just as vulnerable to lack of care as Sam was. Health-care reform is just as much an issue of justice, of preserving and celebrating life, as it is an issue of caring for the vulnerable. […]
[T]he current system “renders the best health care to the wealthiest, depletes the savings of solidly middle-class Americans, and leaves 46 million with no health-care coverage at all.” […]
[A]t Sam’s funeral there were no angry shouts or accusations. There was only shock and grief among the 400 friends and family members who attended.
Had I been born in a different situation, that death would have happened at my house; that shock and grief at my church. I would still know it today.
How long will we tolerate the fact that profits are more important than lives in America? How did we become so hard-hearted as to turn our backs on the victims of such perversion? What kind of monsters have we become?
* Name changed to protect the privacy of his family.
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