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“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:

Its loveliness increases; it will never

Pass into nothingness; but still will keep

A bower quiet for us, and a sleep

Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.”

– John Keats

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is communist and socialist and goes against the Constitution of the United States and we don’t like it so we’re going to throw a tantrum and call you names. Phew! That’s a mouthful, isn’t it?

The United States is full of opinion when it comes to the ACA. Some genuinely do believe that it’s a communist doctrine, others a socialist doctrine (God forbid!), others just don’t like it because they feel forced into something they don’t think they need. Others just don’t like it because none of their friends do. In any event, if there’s one thing Americans hate, it’s being forced to eat that which they detest.

But, what if eating that which they detest allows other Americans, who can’t afford food to feed their families, to eat as well? No, poor Americans are not all lazy. Most would be glad to work if they could. So, sometimes they need their fellow countrymen to eat that which they detest in order to provide nourishment for an impoverished family. To not do so would cut against the grain of all that “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” stuff. Because everyone is entitled to life and liberty, right?.

080604.Americans.hungryIt seems pretty selfish, doesn’t it, when you look at it like that? And that is analogous to the ACA. Yet, many Americans still bristle at the thought of providing healthcare to families that would not otherwise be able to afford it. But, just think about that for a moment, if you’re in the “communist/socialist/I-don’t-like-it-because-you-can’t-tell-me-what-to-do” camp; you as an individual are taking the decision to allow millions of Americans to die early, to live with chronic pain, to withhold simple doctors’ office visits, to keep babies healthy, and ultimately to keep America healthy. It sounds pretty selfish, doesn’t it?

So consider this, then: What about American troops? They receive free healthcare in the field. So we already know that it works in theory and practice in the United States. The ACA just cements and universalizes it into something that helps all Americans. It could only be sheer self-interest and disregard for fellow Americans that could cause someone to believe the ACA to be bad. For God’s sake, one of the things we’re over there fighting for is a better life for others, so we know that we have the ability to show compassion for people in foreign countries.

10-things-2014-under-affordable-care-actNow, let’s take those two things and put them together:

  1. We already know that free healthcare works because we’ve seen it work in the Armed Forces.
  2. We already know that we have the ability to show compassion for people in foreign countries.
  3. We can take the first two things we know and apply them to our own people who are in need.

So let’s stop living selfishly. More than two-thirds of this country identify as being devout Christians. What indeed would Jesus do? Let’s follow the logic in this essay and the example of Jesus. Rather than scramble about looking for his cloak, we can hand it to those who need it ourselves. The government, after all, represents us.

Support the ACA, complain bitterly about the website (because that is a travesty), and start acting like Americans, not like children in Lord of the Flies.

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