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Eye on the world: True health care
In “The values clash behind Republican health-care reform” The Christian Science Monitor reports on the political debate over healthcare in the United States. “As Republicans look at a health-care system that’s imposing ever higher costs on both average Americans and on the federal budget, they argue that principles like free-market competition and consumer choice could prove vital to making health care more affordable and accessible.” The Monitor continues, “health care, more than most issues, hinges around questions of compassion: In the case of this bill, is it right that as many as 24 million Americans could lose their coverage?” As the Republican-controlled Congress moves to replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, the details of access, coverage, and costs has a number of Americans worried about their health care.
Ideas on this subject:
From the Bible:
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name…. who healeth all thy diseases.
From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:
Prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-immolation, are God’s gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christianization and health of mankind.
— Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 1
We must not attribute more and more intelligence to matter, but less and less, if we would be wise and healthy. The divine Mind, which forms the bud and blossom, will care for the human body, even as it clothes the lily; but let no mortal interfere with God’s government by thrusting in the laws of erring, human concepts.
— Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 62
Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:
In “A holistic approach to health care”: “Mary Baker Eddy learned a lot about restoring people’s health in the way Jesus did. Through caring for herself and others, she found that the root of the difficulty was not in a material body so much as in the troubled and ‘diseased’ thoughts of the patient. From reading the Bible, she learned that the sick are cured through spiritual means. And her metaphysical method for healing—Christian Science—has proved that to be true over and over again, for generations.” And “Such care for the whole person doesn’t only relieve symptoms, as significant as that is; it helps reveal God’s image, the true being of each one of us, made with integrity, strength, peace, and complete well-being.”
In “Available now: truly universal healthcare”: “Christian Science teaches that Jesus’ healing ministry, as well as his promise of a Comforter that teaches and demonstrates humanity’s intact relationship with God, is timeless. It’s just as potent today as it was 2,000 years ago.” And “The expression of divine Love to meet human needs—giving unselfishly to others, as Jesus did—is the very foundation of Christianity. He expected us to follow in the Christ’s footsteps and conduct our own ministries of prayer and healing.”
The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.