From the Catholic parody paper, the National Catholic Reporter.
Jesus was perhaps one of the world’s first health care reformers. During a time in history when Greeks and Romans often traveled to a temple with offerings in exchange for healing, Jesus and his early followers healed free of charge wherever they encountered the sick, often at great peril to themselves.
In fact, healing is a constitutive element of Jesus’ ministry. His first miracles in the Gospel of Mark are casting a demon from a man and healing a woman with a fever. In the whole of the gospels, there are 41 distinct stories of physical or mental healing. Jesus heals the blind, cures the withered hand and stops the bleeding.
He called his followers to do the same. Jesus instructed his disciples to go into towns and “cure the sick who are there” (Luke 10:9). Religion, caste or payment is not a consideration; instead, mercy and healing is extended to everyone.
I wish that were true in the United States.
What fine reasoning. Who Would Jesus Bill? Yes let us make healthcare policy decisions based on Jesus’ miraculous healings. Jesus didn’t heal any rich people so no health care for the rich. Jesus didn’t use medicine so we shouldn’t either. Well actually we would be allowed to use dirt and saliva as Jesus did in one case.
Thankfully Creative Minority Report gave this thought process the parody it deserves. Pretty funny.
The silly thing about But Nicole Sotelo of the National Catholic Reporter is that I guess she has no idea what free means because surely she is not suggesting that doctors, nurses, pharmacists, research labs, medical equipment makers, etc should all work for free? The idea that any government service is in fact free is to totally misunderstand economics. Free does not mean forcing one group of people to pay for something just as charity does not mean just paying your taxes.