Company of Fools- The Religious Right and Health Care


I was reading when I came across this gem:

“That’s really where this battle will be won — on our knees in prayer and fasting.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), quoted by the Minnesota Independent, on how Republicans will stop health care reform.

That’s right, Bachmann is once again bringing the crazy. In a “teletownhall” meeting along with North Carolina Rep. Foxx, and former Colorado Rep. Musgrave Bachmann parroted Palin’s “death panels” nonsense, indicated that all medical doctors might be required to perform abortions, and suggested that “in God’s timing that he may have allowed us, as members of Congress, to be in the position that we’re in just for this specific issue right now.”

Well, that’s it then. I’m sure many religious people have lain awake at night wondering why God would make someone like Michele Bachmann. The liberal religious types will be disappointed. Obviously Michele Bachmann’s purpose in life is to oppose health care for the poor and sick, just as Jesus would have wanted. Wait a minute. I was raised Lutheran and I happen to remember Jesus was all about healing and feeding the sick. How on earth could Bachmann be using her religion to oppose people getting medical care? Here’s how:

“Everything that all of us have worked together and labored for over the years, all of it could be undermined with this one bill. President Obama realizes that. The radicals that are on the pro-abortion left, they realize that. They could win it all. And the unborn, and the vulnerable, the disabled and those at the end of life could lose it it all.”

Allow me to work this through. You are saying that the people many conservatives have called bleeding heart liberals for years are in fact not interested in health care at all? They are only using health care as part of a plot to kill babies, disabled people and and the elderly? Ah. Well then. That makes perfect sense. But before I back away from you slowly, I need to make an important point to my fellow humans who like the idea of caring for each other.

Bachmann didn’t stop with this: “That’s really where this battle will be won — on our knees in prayer and fasting,”

If she had, we’d have nothing to worry about from her quarter- we could go about doing things to help people and her crowd could kneel and talk to themselves. She said this, though: “Remember: faith without works is dead. So we’re asking you to do all of it: pray, fast, believe, trust the Lord, but also act.”

That act bit is scary. It means that many people will be opposing reform of a health system that drastically needs it even though that reform will help everyone, including themselves. And they will be doing it for reasons that have nothing to do with the actual stakes involved. The fact that their reasons are vacuous doesn’t make them less effective while donating money. It might when trying to convince reasonable people to be on their side- but there are plenty of unreasonable people out there and it won’t necessarily make them harder to convince.

If we don’t educate people about the actual stakes involved as opposed to the fictional ones and we don’t do our utmost to help our fellows by talking to our politicians and donating to the cause, health care reform will not happen. Something might happen, but it won’t be reform. That is not an outcome that is acceptable to a great many people who are uninsurable or to the many more that will become uninsurable the moment their insurance company finds a way to weasel out of paying their first major claim.

Edit: I’m adding this link: Fresh Health Care Insanity: Death Book, Prayer, and Unicorns as I am impressed by his amusing and concise summation of the, yes, insanity we have in lieu of a serious discussion of health care reform.

Further Edit: I’m thanking Hemant Mehta for his treatment of Michele Bachmann’s Solution to the Health Care Crisis and for linking to me, thus sending godless hordes my way. I have to admit, I’ve missed the hordes since the SSA conference.


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6 Responses to “Company of Fools- The Religious Right and Health Care”

  1. Todd A. Bartine Says:

    We here at the RLF greatly appreciate you linking to our site, and your kind words are very encouraging.

    Thank you also for bringing YOUR blog to our attention. Your coverage, writing style, and ideals are all commendable, and I would anticipate that we will be revisiting your site regularly.

    Warmest regard,
    Todd A. Bartine
    RLF Blogger/Adminsitrator

    • libraryatheist Says:

      I was happy to link to you, almost as much as I was to discover you.

      Thank you. Those are all wonderful things for a new blogger to hear.

      I’ll be reading you- my google reader is already subscribed.

      David Byars

  2. Ned Says:

    What a retarded twat.

    No offense to retarded people or twats. Sorry to so crude, but damn.

  3. adhominy Says:

    Well spoken. Keep it up! 🙂

  4. allie Says:

    It is terrifying to listen to the crap that far right conservatives are spewing. It is even more terrifying to see who is listening and absorbing. For some reason I have this habit of listening to conservative talk radio…(it makes my brain explode) and the people calling in to damn the socialist-liberal-babykilling agenda are poor, uneducated, southerners, or seniors who are on medicare and raving against a single payer system…BUH!?

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