Newtown, CT – November 30, 2013
There are several hundred thousand people who are thankful that, come January, they will get something that is taken for granted in all other highly developed countries – good health insurance. Despite its false start at the federal level, the ACA is playing out in States across the country and producing, at its core, what it intended to: affordable health insurance for the many to whom it had been denied to-date. The expansion of Medicaid in states like Arkansas and Kentucky will help lift thousands out of near poverty and potentially into the middle class. The exchanges in CA, CT and other states are serving up better products for consumers, and the ability to comparison-shop is having its effect. Let's hope the federal exchange will catch up shortly and provide the balance of the country with good options, and none to soon. Providing coverage is, of course, only the first step. The next is to ensure that the products offered on exchanges are affordable, and for that we need continue the work undertaken to date and kick it into higher gear.
What this means to you – Society thrives when all feel that they have a chance to succeed. For those who had been denied the financial coverage of health insurance, the chances to succeed were turned into too many opportunities for failure. We must rejoice and give thanks that this injustice is now well on its way to be corrected. The mission to make this change permanent lies in our hands, and our failure to turn the delivery system into a high value sector of the economy (as opposed to the drain it is today) will mean an inevitable return to bleak prospects for millions of US residents. And so let me offer you these prayerful words from a great saint to help you and all of us persevere on that mission: Where there is injury, let me sow pardon; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. For it is in helping that we are helped, and in giving that we receive.