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Christian theologian Susan Thistlethwaite finds a very hopeful element in President Obama's Nobel prize acceptance speech.
One of our main concerns, which Dr. John Geyman doesn't address in the following critique of the Health Care Act: the inclusion in the House bill of a hard-line anti-choice provision, despite earlier promises that this reform would be neutral on the longstanding abortion debate. Many are angry at Nancy Pelosi who promised to allow a vote on the Kucinich Amendment that would have allowed each state to opt-in to a single payer plan if they so chose, then at the last moment refused to allow that vote on the Floor of the House. Meanwhile, she allowed the anti-abortion Amendment to come to the floor where it passed with overwhelming support of the Republicans who then voted against the whole bill.
Not all of us at Tikkun or in the Network of Spiritual Progressives agree with Dr. Geyman's conclusion, even while we all think that this article is a rather important statement. Some believe that the reforms in the bill passed are better than nothing, and that later reforms of the reform might fix the errors in this version. Others agree with Geyman that once instituted, this approach to "reform" will be hard to change for decades to come, the abortion provision outrageous, and the further institutionalization of the insurance companies and health care profiteers and pharmaceuticals elements that make the whole thing worse than nothing. (On our website, our blog TikkunDaily and in our magazine, we print many articles with positions that do not necessarily reflect our own views--it's part of our notion of how one gets to the deepest truths, by allowing vigorous debate. Our views are presented only in our editorials. But even if you don't agree with the positions in articles we print, post on our website or blog, or send out, we think that what we present our ideas with which we believe we ought to be grappling).
The House Health Care "Reform" may be worse than nothing at all, argues this former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. And she doesn't even mention the anti-choice elements of the bill!