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Christians and health care

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Last December on Santa Claus’ birthday I pointed out that Jeebus was a DFH moobat librul. As we watch the Great Astroturf War of 2009 and see the Tea Party movement get their collective panties in a wad over socialized medicine, I think it’s appropriate to review what the man from Nazareth is supposed to have said on the topic.

Those of you who were raised in one of the various Christian denominations are familiar with the parable I am going to discuss. It is commonly known as “The Good Samaritan.”

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to say to Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” asked Jesus. The man answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “and who is my neighbor teacher?”

In reply Jesus said:
“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead with no clothes. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, and he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, he too passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and looked after him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

It is important to understand that two millennia ago in the Galilee region of the place now known as Israel or Palestine that the people from Samaria (Samaritans) were not well liked.  You could think of them as the equivalent of illegal aliens.

I’ll also point out that Jeebus had a low opinion of the religious leaders of His day.  Many historians believe that He was a member of the Essene sect of Judaism because he was so critical of the Sadducees and the Pharisees, the other two major sects of that time.  Levites were members of the Tribe of Levi and they had special religious and political duties in what was kind of like a hereditary priesthood.

So when Jeebus mentions the priest and the Levite he was talking about two members of the upper crust of local society.  In the parable these two upstanding citizens practiced compassionate conservatism by leaving the injured crime victim laying on the side of the road.  Jeebus was specific – they saw the man and crossed the road to avoid him.

Then this despised Samaritan comes along and helps the injured man.  He goes out of his way and even incurs some expense, but he asks nothing in return.

So if you should run across one of those fundiegelical right-wingers that is wearing a WWJD bracelet while protesting against single payer and he is complaining that he doesn’t want to subsidize lazy bums help pay for health care for any his neighbors that are less fortunate than himself, tell him what Jeebus would do.

If he doesn’t believe you tell him to open his Bible to the Gospel of Luke, chapter 10, verses 25-37.  (Strangely enough, many of Jeebus’ followers seem to be unfamiliar with His teachings.)

You might also point out that Jeebus is supposed to have spent quite a bit of time healing the sick and injured. I don’t recall any Bible verses mentioning that He asked anyone for their insurance billing information first.

BTW – Luke was a physician.


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92 Responses

  1. Thanks for the history lesson.

  2. Amen. Speaking as a highly imperfect and somewhat heretical Christian, I have also noticed how many people who profess Christianity seem unfamiliar with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    Of course, those Christians who oppose welfare for ordinary folks [as distinct from welfare for fat cats and corporations, which right-wingers of any sort, with a few honorable exceptions, just love] say that Jesus instructed his followers to practice private charity, not vote for blankety-blank gummint programs. I do not think the Savior would have drawn such a fine distinction.The way I understand it, the Lord wants us to support social programs as well as practice individual generosity.

    But then, I’m a librul DFH, when I’m not too busy being a r@ci$t because I refuse to drink the Brand Obama Kool-Aid, despite the fact that I refused to drink Brand Dubya Kool-Aid, too. :mrgreen:

    • Gandhi said ‘I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians.”

      • Ambrose Bierce defined a Christian two ways; the second was “One who follows the teachings of Christ insofar as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.” :mrgreen:

  3. http://www.redstate.com/jrichardson/2009/08/13/voters-schedule-town-hall-in-representatives-absence

    Build it and they will come.

    What Jesus taught and what man learned are two different things.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  4. I thought one of the conservatives I was debating with was going to blow a gasket when I pointed out that at one time Jesus’ family was homeless(his position was poor people are poor because they are lazy and stupid pretty much). I told him that I felt that circumstances could leave anyone in a bad situation.

    Far too many times Christ’s teachings are left out of Christianity. Personally, even if he weren’t the son of God his examples and teaching of compassion and forgiveness are well worth learning and attempting to emulate IMO.

  5. Ya know, regarding BC’s comments re:Obama-Care, one could take his comments as less than supportive of Obama-Care and more advice to activists. For example, he says it is “politically imperative” for the Democrats to pass health care. Well, if it’s politically imperative for them to pass it, doesn’t that mean that the base has power here? He says focus on what’s popular (Medicare-like option, not some vague nonsense co-op). Forget what is not(ie stop talking about death panels). Hmmm, but the Bots will never push their leader, they refuse to even see that it’s him and Congressional leaders, not Rahm Emanuel, they need to push.

  6. http://www.maniacworld.com/hubble-ultra-deep-field.html

    Just because we need something awesome today

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  7. Gandhi was right. This would be one fine world if we followed the teaching of the carpenter from Nazareth instead of what religions tell about them.

  8. Great post Myiq!

    Funny how these so-called followers of the “Christ” seem to have none of the compassion their God implores them to have.

    To me… these so-called “Christians” that are screaming socialism at the top of their hypocritical lungs are forgetting or simply chose to ignore, that Jesus was, according to the book they revere…A SOCIALIST!

  9. Unfortunately, the Good Samaritan today sometimes has to stop and think before she offers help. Once upon a time I owned an EMT’s license. (I worked at a summer camp.) Due to a career change I let the license lapse. I stopped on a local highway to help the victim of a hit and run accident. Stopped the bleeding and called for help. One of the paramedics responding to the call recognized me and told me to “get the hell on my way” just in case the victim’s lawyer decided she might not get enough payment for her injuries if they couldn’t find the driver. Non-medical personnel are usually covered by “Good Samaritan Laws”, but “used to be medical personnel” might be fuzzy enough to cost me some lawyer’s fees even if I won. Where have we come to that someone with the skills to actually help has to be afraid to stop?

  10. In defense of some (not all) Christians, many are very giving and compassionate in their private lives. Some just take issue with being forced to do it at the point of a govt gun, for various reasons. That stance is a political stance, but does not in any way necessarily negate their faith, or make hypocritical their belief in being Good Samaritans.

    I don’t like the Bible being trotted out in support of any govt policy, whether it be choice or healthcare. Find for me a single verse where Jesus ever once instructed the government to do a damn thing, or for any person to push the government to do a damn thing.

    You can’t. Because he never did. He instructed individuals to help their fellow man. He had not much at all to say to Caesar.

    • I am not a Christian WCMB but I do know many.

      Some are very caring, gentle and god fearing people but it has been my experience that most ( not all ) give lip service to God and especially Jesus’ teachings.

      Imagine if you will, if all the people that lay claim to “Christianity” actually practiced what their book said.

      What kind of world would we have?

      What a dream huh?

      • You may know more really good Christians than you think, and be completely unaware of it. Because their deal is living their lives, not telling you.

        So that person whom you admire, or whom you think is a giving, kind person, may be a Christian, only they’ve never gone out of their way to tell you so. The ones who make a point of telling you are by and large not the best ones, IMO.

    • Indeed, if all of the people followed the teachings of Jesus there would be no need for a government. Jesus was a revolutionary not a socialist.

      • RB,

        I think the debates between the Franciscans and the Benedictines, about the question of whether or not the Christ owned property, suggests that your claim about the Christ’s political orientation is too strong.

        s

        • Oh, goodness, don’t go there, we’ll never get out of that circular hole. Have I mentioned that my father is a Benedictine monk? No lie. I hate arguing with him.

          • Wow!!!! -how did he manage to have you?

            Where I live was full of Benedictine monasteries, but their numbers have drastically decreased. Many have been converted into old people’s homes/private hospices.

          • He was an Episcopal priest, married my mother when they were both in seminary. He didn’t become a Benedictine til much later in life, long after their divorce.

        • s

          thanks for bringing organized religious thought into it. see below for an opinion of organized religion.

          r

    • I wasn’t saying conservative Christians were necessarily hypocrites. I just don’t think the non-hypocritical CCs understand the logical extrapolation of the Savior’s teachings all that well, as they apply to issues of economic distribution.

      However, even if I became an agnostic again [I was one from roughly ages 15-24], I would continue to support the welfare state for the common citizen, for the practical reasons:

      [1] I might need it some day.

      [2] Even if I never need it, its existence reduces the probability of my premature death from crime or revolution, by reducing the motivations of others to do such things.

      [3] Even if the police and the military are so effective that I never need fear [2] happening, poor folks have weaker immune systems. Therefore, epidemics have a way of getting started in marginal populations. Once started, those epidemics have a nasty way of breaking out of the marginal populations into the general population. Disease germs don’t care whether they infect a “worthless bum” or a “pillar of the community”. Hence, it serves my enlightened self-interest to support the welfare state for the common citizen.

  11. Yeah…that was a bit of a stretch Ralph, but i think you all got my drift..**sigh**

    I just get so infuriated when I hear these folks claim their “Christianity” yet act as though they worship in the temple of Gog!

    • Jesus in his preaching of peace, love, and understanding is the most successful revolutionary in history. Whether son of God or man, the carpenter from Nazareth left a fine path to lead a full and fullfilling life.

      Organized religion, on the other hand, has been as much a source of fear, hatred, and war as anything else. At the root of organized religion, you find a lust for power and control not a love of God.

      • **raising hand***

        Can I get an amen!

      • Totally righteous Ralph!

      • It was, and is, always about who has the power; whether organized religion, capitalistic monopoly, organized labor, ethnic/racial groups, republicans, democrats. I recall Solomon who said: “What is to be has already been; what has been will still be. All is vanity.”

      • hmmnnn, yes because disorganized religion works so much better. Disorganized religion builds medical buildings and schools and runs soup kitchens and takes care of the heating bills of poor old ladies….

        it is not religion that is guilty of greed and the need for power. It is human nature. Religion is just a tool, like communism or capitalism or facism, to control people and gain power and money.

  12. http://thecount.com/2009/08/13/omarosa-enters-seminary-training-to-become-minister/

    You can not make this stuff up. Does this mean there is hope for donna brazille too?

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

    • Guess it would get her off the streets. 🙂

    • ***cough choke gasp wheez!***

      Who knows….It was said that Jesus raised the dead, so anything is possible! 🙂

    • Apparently the reality show hot head was offered a scholarship, and accepted. Speaking to Sister to Sister magazine, Omarosa whose full name is Omarosa Manigault Stallworth said, “I feel like God is calling me. He’s been calling me for two years and I can’t ignore it.”

      I wonder what god has been calling her?

    • Omarosa will fit right in. She’s just thinking about the tax benefits. She’ll be the new TD Jakes (Not trying to be raceeest, he’s the only one I know by name – someone “gifted” me with one of his books.- Stupid person thought it would bring me “back” to God. God needs to rethink his messengers – they are not doing him any favors.)

  13. It is a bit of a stretch to say that Jesus was a socialist (or a community organizer) and the parable cited had much more to do with ethnic prejudice than with a mandate to assist the poor, which was already a part of Judaic ethics at the time.

    Nevertheless a good point about the ethical demands of the Christian religion. There is significant evidence that some (though not all) of the earliest Christian communities were essentially socialist in their practices, yet this was never a widespread or required lifestyle. It was, however, out of this ethical framework that hospitals, orphanages, and collects for the poor grew — many of which were later institutionalized under corporatist and centralized religious authority working collaboratively with secular leaders.

    It was a result of this ‘coerced compassion’ that most of the critiques of institutional religion arose. When mandated religious taxation (via tithes) occurs to finance what are, at heart, good ethical and compassionate ideals, the temptation to greed, theft, and self dealing become overwhelming and the bureaucracy expands inevitably to meet the expanding needs of the bureaucracy. Participation in this ever expanding bureaucracy becomes a means to personal enrichment and power rather than a means by which to effect positive social (or religious) change. Thus we see over time corporatist and coercive religious institutions become magnets for corruption, cesspools of mediocrity, and chock full of appointments for political rather than religious reasons.

    • When Catholic priests started charging for the sacraments (including last rites) some guy named Martin got really upset, causing the second major schism in the Christian church.

      Once upon a time only the oldest living son could inherit land and titles, so the younger sons of the aristocracy either joined the military or the clergy. The Catholic priesthood used to be filled with royalty – especially the bishops, cardinals and popes.

      The Pope wouldn’t give old Henry VIII a dee-vorce from Catherine of Aragon because her daddy (Ferdinand) was his cousin. There is a reason that the game of chess has two bishops, and they stand on either side of the king and queen.

      • The fact that Katherine’s nephew, Carlos V, was camped out in the Pope’s back garden with his army had somethng to do with the decision, too.

    • Jesus was an individualist. He preached individual salvation and responsibility. I do agree that love/compassion cease to be such when ‘coerced.’

      • Organized religion (or the govt) pressing a particular morality on people is to me like a shotgun wedding, religiously speaking. Where’s the love? Where’s the devotion?

        It doesn’t prove you love God (or your intended partner), even if you comply. All it proves is that you were scared, whether of the law or of being ostracized by your society.

        Considering that God, not just in Christianity but in many religions, repeatedly says that non-heartfelt praise or obedience is actaully an offense to him, why would you promote a system that CREATES just that?

        • Love and compassion are not being coerced. Selfish pricks have to pay taxes too.

          • I’m speaking strictly of using “the God compels you” argument to say that this or that should be law. It’s always bogus, because religion is always personal.

            Being personally compassionate gets you brownie points. Making it a law that everyone has to be compassionate does not, at least not where God is concerned. You are responsible for you, not for what you do or do not compel others to do.

            Whether it’s sane and generally good policy for society as a whole (which I think it is in the case of healthcare) is a different argument entirely.

      • I don’t know about you but I don’t want to live in a country where people are starving in the streets and dying from treatable illnesses.

        The United States is the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the history of humankind. If we have to rely on charity to feed the hungry and heal the sick we have some screwed up priorities.

  14. Jesus also wandered around healing the uninsured.

    • Even worse, he healed and fed people who weren’t “worthy” of assistance.

      He hung out with “publicans and sinners” too.

      • No! He didn’t hang with the “Unwashed” masses did he? *snark*

      • Funny things happen when a child filters the classic language of the KJV. My mother told me once that until I was about six or seven, I prayed every night that God would “deliver us from eagles,” which kind of made sense to a scrawny, undergrown kid who spent summers with her grandparents on the Plains.

        I also thought the fairy-sees (didn’t quite get that one) were down on Jesus because he hung out with Republicans and sinners. Seemed to me they were pretty snooty about the sinners, but could see the point about the Republicans.

  15. “Organized religion, on the other hand, has been as much a source of fear, hatred, and war as anything else.”

    True to an extent, but you have countervailing examples in the courageous Liberation Theology priests in South America, and in the countless charitable organizations run by organized religions.

  16. SINGLE PAYER, Yes! If only we could be assured that it is not going to be run by the Pharisees, Saducees and Levites of our time.

    • There is always going to be potential for waste, fraud and abuse, but that is true of both public and private activities.

      • True. Which is why the law should be carefully written; open to public scrutiny and no backroom deals beforehand, such as the secret dealings with the pharma group. Pharmaceutical, insurance companies, hospitals and other related businesses provide employment to many people; which is why I can’t understand why the bills (in many forms) are being rushed through; and why it is more than a thousand pages long.

  17. Since we all know the Good Samaritan tale, and we all know that Repub arguments are going to focus on the individual’s right to their insurer—and tie a government program to the cold war rhetoric about socialism—why isn’t the Dem message framed to talk about taking care of each other as our Christian duty?

    The abolitionists who became central to the Republican party and Lincoln, had a strong element that sold the concept of abolition on religious grounds—not secular. Historians note that the religiosity of the South struggled most with these arguments against slavery. Martin Luther King advanced civil rights in this country by advancing, using and living Christian principles as the very antithesis of Jim Crow laws and segregation. See also, Nelson Mandela, Ghandi (or similar tenets of religious belief ). Framing the message is sometimes more important than the message.

  18. Let’s face it—-Christianity gave us guilt. And guilt gave us rich people who supported monasteries, hospitals, schools for the common good. I think most Americans agree that all people should have health care and I think most of us believe we should be contributing to it..

  19. Where is the basic economic argument for single payer.

    The average employer paid health plan for an employee and family is probably somewhere around $12,000. If we had single payer suppose that the employer and employee contributed like they do now for FICA and Medicare. Let’s say that 80% of that # went to a new health care single payer plan—which could be bought from the government, an insurance company or coop. The other 20% could go back to the employer to invest in business or increase wages.

    Now that is a stimulus plan.

  20. I love this post. It’s a keeper.

    I really like Jesus too. It seems like the fundies haven’t read the New Testament at all–they just focus on all the cruelest parts of the Old Testament.

  21. David Cameron was fighting last night to prevent the Tories again being labelled the ‘nasty party’ after one of his Euro MPs denounced the National Health Service.
    The Tory leader slapped down Daniel Hannan after he went on U.S. television to brand the NHS a ’60-year failure’ that he ‘wouldn’t wish on anybody’. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1206264/Browns-Tweet-nothings-NHS.html

    Glenn Beck: Daniel Hannan (MEP) Warns America about ObamaCare [FOX News]

  22. Two British women have claimed they were duped into becoming the stars of a campaign to sabotage Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms.
    Furious Kate Spall and Katie Brickell claim that their views on the NHS have been misrepresented by a free market campaign group opposed to Mr Obama’s reforms in a bid to discredit the UK system.
    Their anger came amid a growing backlash in the UK over the portrayal of the NHS by conservatives in America, with David Cameron and Gordon and Sarah Brown joining an online campaign to defend the British system from attack. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1206485/We-duped-Two-British-women-tricked-stars-campaign-sabotage-Obamas-healthcare-reforms.html

    Conservatives for Patients Rights – Government Run Healthcare in UK

  23. <blockquote.Dr Karol Sikora, a British cancer specialist who has often spoken out against the NHS, said he had also fallen victim to the same technique. He told the Guardian: 'They came and saw me in my office about a month ago and I gather I am appearing in some advert. They didn't tell me that would happen.' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1206485/We-duped-Two-British-women-tricked-stars-campaign-sabotage-Obamas-healthcare-reforms.html
    Conservatives for Patients Rights – Not So Innocent (staring Dr. Karol Sikora)

  24. GOP fear mongering is reaching a higher pitch with the ‘Death Panels’ and the out right lies. One big lie is about scientis Stephen Hawking which was the focus of an editorial on the Investor’s Business Daily :

    “People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.” http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/blogs/erica/2009/08/stephen-hawking-likes-his-deat.php?ref=recdc

    Professor Hawking issues a response:

    “I wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high quality treatment without which I would not have survived.” —Stephen Hawking, August 11, 2009

    From the article: Stephen Hawking likes his “Death Panel” Health Care just fine, thanks
    August 11, 2009, 2:52PM
    http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/blogs/erica/2009/08/stephen-hawking-likes-his-deat.php?ref=recdc

    It would appear that in effort to stifle Health Reform talks they went so far as to spread the lie about Professor Hawking who has ALS being an American, when in fact he is British. But, what’s a little detail like that, when you are trying to SCARE PEOPLE about Health Reform, and telling them that Universal Care has ‘Death Panels’.

    The media/press is also helping, because President Obama is blocking HR 676 Single Payer which is based on the Medicare model, which the seniors say they don’t want to lose, but isn’t even part of the discussions.

    HR 676 Single Payer, Everybody In, Nobody Out, It’s ALL American just like gran’s MEDICARE!

    • Britain’s former Deputy Prime Minister tells America – “Ignore Hannan. Britain’s proud of the NHS!” Mr Prescott is calling on the US public to ignore the “tissue of lies” spread by British Conservative Parliamentarian Daniel Hannan who has been telling Americans an an anti NHS tour of the US that it a ’60 year mistake.’ Find out more at http://gofourth.co.uk/ Tweet our NHS love to the US

      • British Doctor: “NHS is superb”

        • The brutal truth about America’s healthcare
          An extraordinary report from Guy Adams in Los Angeles at the music arena that has been turned into a makeshift medical centre

          Ironically, given this week’s transatlantic spat over the NHS, Remote Area Medical was founded by an Englishman: Stan Brock. The 72-year-old former public schoolboy, Taekwondo black belt, and one-time presenter of Wild Kingdom, one of America’s most popular animal TV shows, left the celebrity gravy train in 1985 to, as he puts it, “make people better”. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/the-brutal-truth-about-americarsquos-healthcare-1772580.html

          Thank you British people for Stan Brock, a man that clearly understands Americans need Health Care and cares for many throughout the world. I hope one day America has Health Care for all its citizens and that the long lines of people waiting for days for Health Care will be a distant memory.

  25. Britain defends its health care against U.S. criticisms: The angry debate over health care reform in the U.S. is triggering another round of outrage overseas. Officials in Great Britain are now fighting back to defend their system from the criticisms of Americas right.
    Comments about Britains National Health Service (NHS) — some calling the system evil or Orwellian have drawn the attention of many U.K. residents, including Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who this week joined a Twitter campaign to defend health care in his country.
    Andrew Clark, the New York correspondent for The Guardian, joins Martin Savidge to discuss how Britons view the U.S. health care debate.

    • NHS attack by MEP Daniel Hannan: Business Secretary Lord Mandelson criticises Conservatives after comments by Tory MEP Daniel Hannan in the US.

  26. Health Care Fails US Workers, 3rd World Clinic Alternative by R.A.M.(Remote Area Medical) Medical Volunteers Journey to Needy in America: An organization whose mission is to bring free health care to some of the poorest countries in the world has turned its attention to the U.S. The U.S. Census Bureau reports nearly 46 million Americans have not health insurance. And so several weekends a year, an organization called Remote Area Medical, or RAM, flies doctors and equipment to some of poorest areas of the country and treats patients at a cost of under four dollars each. 2008

  27. Uninsured Residents Receive Free Health Care in Virginia (If you have every volunteered at a Free Clinic, knows this is TRUE all over America)

    • The Uninsured queue for free health care: Traveling medical clinics have never been so popular in the United States. With at least 45 million Americans uninsured — more than 15 percent of the population — the free health services can draw a crowd, forcing some people to camp out overnight for a chance to get help.

  28. 2009 Remote Area Medical Expedition held in Wise VA. 2700 uninsured arrived to receive free medical service, some arriving three days earlier. Photos taken during event, naration provided by News download from NPR. “No doubt about it there is a third world right here in the United States” – Stan Brock (RAM was founded in 1985 by Stan Brock)

  29. Remote Area Medical Blount Co. Expedition Recap: Ron Brewer, Director of Tennessee Operations for Remote Area Medical, recaps the recent (July 12-13, 2008) expedition in Blount Co. TN. People seeking free medical care came from several states.

  30. Single Payer Action Interview with Stan Brock founder of Remote Area Medical :Interviewed by Russell Mokhiber of Single Payer Action

  31. Lining up for Free Healthcare: Remote Area Medical in THE UNITED STATES. It’s a scene familiar to developing nations. But this is a remote corner of Tennessee in America, where hundreds of people wait for the chance to see a doctor, a dentist for free. Many have spent the night in the parking lot, sleeping in their cars or sitting in camp chairs wrapped in blankets. Some of them are among the estimated 46 million Americans who have no healthcare insurance. Others are underinsured. Without the free care provided by the non-profit Remote Area Medical organization, most would not be able to afford the treatment they’ll receive.

    • St. Anthony Free Medical Clinic provides primary and urgent care to children and adults who have no health insurance or limited access to health care.

      • Free Medical Care For All Mankind: Hernando Muslim leaders will hold a news conference today to announce the launch of a new community medical clinic that will provide free health care to the under-served and uninsured in that county. The new clinic will be the first privately funded and operated in Hernando.

        • Free Medical Clinic, Muskogee First Baptist Church: Dr. Lance Sawyer is talking with Dr. Mike Riley, M.D. about the Free Medical Clinic in Muskogee. Muskogee First Baptist Church in conjunction with Dr. Mike Riley, M.D. has started a free medical clinic. This clinic is located at 1605 E. Okmulgee, Muskogee, OK. For more information please contact Muskogee First Baptist Church at (918) 682-3496. This clinic is something that has been prayed over by many people. We hope that it is filling a need in the community and that people are ministered to. First Baptist Church Muskogee, Dr. Mike Riley and MANY VOLUNTEERS want to: REACH, TEACH, and SERVE to give God glory.

          • Trinity Free Clinic in Indiana run by volunteers and care if offered to the uninsured, poor, elderly and those with limited means. The clinic also runs a pharmacy and has state of the art equipment.

    • Dallas International Street Church hosted a free medical clinic by ZOYA Ministries. Dallas International Street Church hosted a free medical clinic at the end of February 2009 brought to South Dallas by ZOYA Ministries. Video is from the ‘Survive in 09’ series presented by TXA 21 News, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas.

    • Remote Area Medical – part 1 Remote Area Medical was founded to bring free medicine to remote parts of the world, but now also helps thousands of Americans who have no health insurance or are underinsured.

      • Remote Area Medical – part 2 Remote Area Medical was founded to bring free medicine to remote parts of the world, but now also helps thousands of Americans who have no health insurance or are underinsured. CBS Scott Pelley reports.

  32. OK, Daniel Hannan MEP, show me the FREE CLINICS and the thousands of Brits lining up for Health Care!!! There are nearly 50 Million uninsured, 25 Million under insured, 2/3 of bankruptcies are due to health related issues and 60 American die each day do to lack of Health Care, while you continue to be the GOP darling and favorite guest of Glen Beck.

  33. Great Videos you’re posting WV!!!!

    (ps why aren’t the Dems doing that?)

    • Thanks laurie.

      I think they are thinking too ‘Polished’ ala Wall Street advisors who have never gone to a Free Clinic. Advisors who have never volunteered to bring a Pediatric/Teen Clinic that offers Free Health Care from zero to 23. Children without health care suffer more and their futures affected due to illness and they frequently miss school and fall behind, it’s all tied in (one vicious circle).

      The Democrats need more ground floor volunteers as advisors and less Ivy League types doing the advising, because you have to know the pain of the uninsured to advise on it. One reason the working class love the Clintons is because they understood this, Hillary volunteered in disadvantaged areas when she was young and when First Lady she worked to bring about NICU units seeing the need and would travel to areas far away from the main cities to see about their concerns. You have to go amongst those in need, to understand their concerns and to bring the message to those that aren’t seeing the realities of what it is like to be uninsured in America.

  34. Re: article about “who’s behind the opposition to health care reform.. From where I sit, I see more grassroots on the opposing side than on pro side. Some of these pro groups are recruiting for PAID volunteers on Craig’s List. Also, my sense is that most of us, from all sides, want some kind of reform. Something this important shouldn’t be rushed and it warrants a national discussion.

    Coverage does not guarantee access or quality care.

  35. Shoot, I just had a funny thought, one for myiq2xu’s type of posts. The tale of two Englishmen; One is flying Remote Area Medical Clinics to uninsured and under insured Americans and the Polished Daniel Hannan MEP, is flying around spread LIES and trying to render more people uninsured. 😯

    I say we keep Stan Brock and ship Daniel Hannan MEP to his no regulation paradise where he won’t be worried about his socialism problems and that pesky NHS: REGULATION VACATION CELEBRATION!

  36. Hey guys, just had to post this. Absolute stunner. A panel of 4 on MNSBC give HRC the thumbs UP! for her pissed off moment in the congo and say criticisms of it are sexist. 2 out of the 4 are actually the MSNBC hosts.

    http://annienyc.blogspot.com/2009/08/2-fab-posts-on-hillarys-bug-out-d.html

  37. TAKE CARE CLINICS: Walgreens giving free care to the jobless and uninsured, in 341 walk-in clinics in the United States.

    Payday loans are available for the uninsured who need to pay for a doctors visit on the fly. However, you shouldnt always have to do that in order to receive basic care for minor ailments. For the remainder of 2009, thats where Walgreens comes in. Theyre a company that officially gets it right during this recession.

    The Associated Press reports that the drugstore chain will continue to offer free clinic visits to the unemployed and uninsured for the rest of the year.

    • Student-run free clinic offers hands-on learning: The real purpose of a medical education is to care for patients. Thats why Stanford’s Arbor Free Clinic gives students a remarkable opportunity to gain hands-on experience beginning in their preclinical years. “Health Care is a Human Right”.

  38. Americans Desperate for Health Care (Photos)

    This is where Obama should stage his Health Care Town Halls. Why isn’t Obama here?
    http://guerillawomentn.blogspot.com/2009/08/americans-desperate-for-health-care.html

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