The day I am writing this is another day when someone came to our door in need of assistance because unpaid medical bills threw the family budget into chaos. No one should have to choose between medicine and the rent, between a doctor visit and the grocery store.
In 1963, Pope John XXIII released his encyclical Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) and added the notion of health care as a basic human right to the body of Catholic social teaching. Since then, this teaching has been added to The Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Concern for the health of its citizens requires that society help in the attainment of living-conditions that allow them to grow and reach maturity: food and clothing, housing, health care, basic education . . ."
I saw a poll on the news recently that said that health care is at the top of the list for nearly all Americans as they begin to think about the next national election. This week, I invite you to think about how many medical bills it would take for your own budget to be thrown into the same chaos I mentioned above. We can do better for each other. This issue of justice will be one that we will spend time with here at GA as the next election nears.