I watched the Republican candidates last night as they spoke primarily against President Obama and universal healthcare. As most are aware now, as Ron Paul challenged that the government should not be responsible for the care of uninsured individuals, the audience broke out in spontaneous applause. Then Wolf Blitzer asked if an uninsured, previously-healthy 30 year old in a coma should be allowed to die, presumably without healthcare efforts that cost the rest of us tax payer dollars. And several persons in the audience yelled, “Yeah” and nervous laughter rippled through as Ron Paul muttered, “No.”
Mr. Paul must have been appalled at least momentarily. After all, he’s a physician who has taken an oath to protect life not relinquish life to an early grave. Mr. Paul is not calling for society to abandon the uninsured but for society to take care of neighbors, friends, family members — essentially as extensions of society itself.
Am I my brother’s keeper? Jesus says, “You certainly are!”