Prepared for Hurricanes, But Not Health Reform

The Supreme Court’s decision regarding health care reform took me by surprise. I’m perplexed by Governor Scott’s announcement that his office plans to do nothing to expand Medicaid or set up an online insurance exchange for Floridians. It seems he’s hoping that the after the November election the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be repealed.

Mr. Scott and I don’t seem to agree about the proper role of government, but even a leader who believes in limited government, it seems to me, should plan ahead. I accept that our Governor is praying for repeal, just as I assume he’s praying for a mild hurricane season. The difference is, he’s urging us to be prepared for hurricanes. I don’t understand why Florida shouldn’t be prepared for health reform as well.

I made an informal poll of the counselors at our church’s regional summer camp when I was there last week. Almost all of them have health insurance as a result of the provisions of the health reform law that have already gone into effect. When they complained about “Obama Care,” I reminded them that they are already benefiting from “big government.”

That’s the way it usually works, isn’t it? “Judicial activism” means a decision I don’t like, and “big government” means benefits for someone other than me. It’s hard to justify that attitude amongst Christians, but there it is.

It seems the Golden Rule isn’t golden after all.