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Monday, March 1, 2010

Politics, Healthcare, and my mental health

If I think about politics more than one half hour a day, I begin to fall into depression and experience a sense of helplessness, hopelessness, and pessimism that threatens to rob me of my trust in the Lord. I know we need government, I believe in good government. I pray for our leaders regularly. I just feel like we are careening out of control in so many ways. I do not however, join those pessimistic Christians, believing that God is using all this to call us to repentance, or punish us. There may be some sowing and reaping going on, and some rewards of foolishness, but not an apocalyptic scenario.

The pendulum swings both ways, and if indeed many democrats lose their seats, I am not quite as hopeful that the republicans will do all the things that need to be done to right the ship.

I think instead about being the gospel, teaching reconciliation (God’s kind, not mans), and to enjoy the marvel of living in the present and in the presence of God. I spent some time today with a wonderful couple fighting a very rare form of blood cancer. He is in his fourth year, very weak, but still asking God for more time to enjoy his family and his retirement, and I prayed for just that outcome, with all my heart.

I was at Mayo Clinic, by the way, a true Cadillac of hospital care. I am trying to picture what Obamacare would do to this historic health group. I am pretty sure they help lots of people, not just rich ones.


Redlefty said...

Sad to say that it doesn't really matter which party is in power -- situations like the one you described at Mayo aren't sustainable.

Fact remains that there is a limit on Medicare/Medicaid and we can't all have Cadillac care at Kia prices. Many oncology procedures didn't even exist a decade ago and cost more than years worth of our health insurance premiums.

I hate having this logical approach to this issue because I have family in the same boat as your friend, and I want them to have the very best!

Our half-hour of politics is done, so I need to move on to other topics, ha.

Kansas Bob said...

Health care and insurance are complicated issues.. a lot of lobbying in DC going on.. things are not (IMO) what they seem to be.

Ann is on a waiting list for Mayo in Jacksonville, FL.. we are hoping to get a reassessment of her condition and a recommendation of treatment.. could be her current course is the best.. hope to get in before too long.