Blogging “Blue”: Health

This is a ninth in a series of posts on the “Blue” Book for General Convention 2012. Previously, I blogged about Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations. Next up is Lifelong Christian Formation and Education. Please see my index of General Convention 2012 resolutions, with a summary of the 7WD position on them.

cross stethoscopeWhen we are paring down committees, this seems like a good one to cut. I’m all for health. The church should encourage health. To be clear: health is awesome. I really like health. But I do not see that we need a cog for health in the machine of our church structures. This seems like the perfect work to move over to a network or para-church organization.

As we like to say, on to the resolutions.

A039: Improve the Church’s Health Care Outreach. Likely vote: NO.
Here we wade into political territory, advocating for full implementation of Obama’s health care reform work. I’m all for it. In fact, I wish we had full-on socialized medicin in this country. But I do not see what positive effect will come from this resolution if passed, and I see that its passage will be perceived as another left-leaning political plank by those on the right. If it were more broadly worded, I would be more favorably inclined. If it took even the slightest bit of notice of the other fifteen countries in the Episcopal Church, I would be more favorably inclined. I’m sympathetic to the intent of this resolution, but as worded I do not see a reason for General Convention to adopt this.

A040: Establish the Church as the Moral Voice of Health Care. Likely vote: NO.
See above, only worse. This one is a direct bit of political advocacy, and it speaks only of the US. If we want to call for health care for all, let’s do that. But let’s not take narrow political positions when we could take a broad moral position. To be clear: I think it is ludicrous that the United States does not offer universal health care. But I do not think the General Convention is an appropriate venue for this particular conversation.

Please see my principle for political resolutions. That is all.

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1 Response

  1. David Harvin says:

    Agreed. This is completely political, and faithful Episcopalians hold in good faith different views about health care policy. For GC to tell “every congregation” and “every member” what to do and think about health care policy is hubris in the extreme, particularly as the Blue Book does not even begin to present for considerations all the competing arguments.

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