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The parable of the healthcare debate

In an op-ed for the Tampa Bay Times, the Reverend Mary Anne Dorner reflects on the current healthcare debate in the light of the parable of the “good Samaritan.” After setting out the story, she reports,

Recently when I turned on the news, there was President Donald Trump saying: “Let Obamacare fail.” The commentators went on to say Trump had “the tools” to make this happen. He could order the government to hold back reimbursement funds to insurance companies for those […]

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Access to health care is an imperative of our Baptismal Covenant

For more than thirty-five years, the General Convention has expressed support for access to healthcare for all Americans, whether defined specifically as citizens, or more broadly to include everyone. This is a principle that can’t be tied to a single law or legislative initiative. Rather, for the Episcopal Church this is an expression of the Baptismal Covenant.

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Churches and hospital work together for better health

In Tennessee, a local hospital has teamed up with local congregations to, hopefully, improve the health and access to healthcare of the community they serve.

From the Daily News Journal

The Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation Inter-Church Council invited local clergy — members and leadership — to impact collectively the health of the community by working together.

Anne Davis, director of the Saint Thomas Foundation, said the council was the brain child of herself, Kristin Demos, the Rev. Colin Ambrose and Michael Gatch, Saint […]

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Teenagers facing early deaths are increasingly being consulted about their care

Jan Hoffman, writing for the New York Times, reports on a growing movement to include teenagers in their own end-of-life planning and care.

Hoffman notes that this is an extension of a movement that focused first on adults.

From the article:

A national push to have end-of-life discussions before a patient is too sick to participate has focused largely on older adults. When patients are under 18 and do not have legal decision-making authority, doctors have traditionally asked anguished parents to make advanced-care choices […]

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