Gaining access to no-cost preventive services to stay healthy, which Obamacare provides, is not a sign of indifference. Neither is giving senior citizens discounts on their prescription drugs, or allowing young adults to get health insurance on their parents’ plan, or ending insurance company abuses. Those steps represent the caring actions of government.
In his apostolic exhortation this week, Pope Francis said he begged “the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor!” Referring to the “excluded and marginalized,” the pontiff said that “it is vital that government leaders . . . take heed and broaden their horizons, working to ensure that all citizens have dignified work, education and healthcare.”
That, too, is where the health-reform resisters come up short. Their horizons are too narrow to notice or care about people who lead lives stunted by lack of opportunity. Stunted lives leave the critics unmoved.
And that’s why, when the bloviators take to the airways, preachers like the Rev. Tucker, Bishop DeVeaux and Pope Francis take to the pulpit.