Health Care Blog

Since Health Care is in the news, and since some folks who commented on my blog yesterday seem hungry for a serious discussion of the issues, I remembered a blog I wrote last year on Health Care and the Federal Government.

You can find it here.

Why it took me two months of current national health care debate to remember this, I have no idea. But I just went back and re-read it, and it still reflects much of my thoughts and feelings on both the role of government and the issue of health care.

Actually, the first part of the blog is about the role of the Federal Government. Part of why our nation doesn’t agree about the “solution” for Health Care, is that we no longer have basic agreement as to the role of the Federal Government.

As the blog suggests, for over forty years, we’ve lived with political leadership who are constantly denigrating the role of the government and even the work of decent, ordinary government workers. This cynical and fatalistic view, espoused best by Ronald Reagan’s short quip that “government is the problem,” must be confronted and overcome.

Without that basic agreement –that government has at least *some* positive role to play in society– there can be no real health care “debate.”

I put forward my thoughts on the issue, using my faith as the compass for my moral views.

The second part of the essay is from an ER doctor, and is a quite good description of what is wrong with health care today.

Hope you find it helpful.


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Eric is an avid blogger and published author. Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy.

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