Is it perfect? Far from it. Do we have a long way to achieve Universal Health Care? Absolutely. Is this an important first step? Undoubtedly.
I sincerely wish that the Medicaid expansion had been upheld. Hundreds of thousands of people are still going to be without health care. I thought the 100% coverage from the feds for 3 years, followed by 90% cost-shifting was a good deal. I simply can not believe the stories from governors about "we simply can't afford it". I think it's a matter of priorities.
It is not an understatement to say that it thrills me to know that Supreme Court Justice Roberts left partisan politics at the door and focused on the constitutionality of the law. That's their job. That's what they are supposed to do. Thank God, they did it.
I'm also delighted that children will be able to be covered until they are 26 years old, that no one can be discriminated against for preexisting conditions and that everyone must be covered by health care by 2014 or be subject to a fine.
Okay, tax. Better that then to have someone without insurance treated at a hospital and the cost of that person's care be absorbed into higher rates and taxes anyway. It puts the responsibility back on the individual and, where applicable, their employers. In my estimation, that's exactly where it belongs. I don't understand why Republicans aren't thrilled about that.
It's also sometimes called "Miracle, Interrupted".
The scene opens as Jesus and the disciples step off the boat and are suddenly greeted by Jarius, the leader of the local Synagogue, who tells them that his daughter is nigh unto death and asks that Jesus heal her, please.
On his way to make a "house call," Jesus tries to make his way through the large crowd which is pressing on him from all sides. As he does, a woman who "had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years" approaches Jesus. "She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse."
Interesting. No one knew. Not Jesus. Not the disciples. Just the woman who had been healed who finally came forth and "confessed" that it was she who had touched him. Jesus immediately pronounced her healed and sent her on her way in peace.
We come, then, to the second layer of the "Markan Sandwich" - the miracle that had been interrupted - with the arrival of Jesus at the home of the daughter of Jarius. Everyone thinks the child has already died and they laugh at Jesus when he tells them that the child is not dead but asleep (meaning, I'm sure, that she was in a coma)
It is folly to try and impose the gospel template on our modern American reality. Even with the "miracle of modern medical science," the healing power of Jesus looks like a magician's trick - like David Copperfield flying on stage or a 'mentalist' bending a spoon with a magical glare.
Universal Health Care is not magical. I think it's a gospel value. It can happen when we establish it as a goal - placed above profit margins and corporate greed.
The fact that we have this first step - reforming the way we have traditionally provided health care insurance - will be no less than miraculous to hundreds of thousands of people.
And yet, there are hundreds of thousands more who remain in need.
Perhaps this part of the evolution of Universal Health Care will prove to be a "miracle, interrupted," as well. Perhaps, in another decade - with continued progress, changing hearts and minds - we'll get there.
If ever I needed to hear Jesus say, "Do not fear, only believe," it's now.