Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

My colleague Craig Kuehn is blogging about the increase of medical bankruptcies.  He says:

• 62.1 percent of all bankruptcies have a medical cause.

• Most medical debtors had health insurance, were well-educated and were middle-class.

• Insolvency attributable to medical problems rose by 50 percent between 2001 and 2007.

Anyone who is a citizen of this country should be ashamed of these numbers. The richest country in the world is failing its people. And in spite of this and other evidence that health care in this country is broke, Congress dithers. Medical costs continue to skyrocket with no end in sight. This will force more and more people into bankruptcy

If this piques your interest, you can read more here.

Episcopal Relief and Development has a brief article on the earthquake in Chile.  And if you wanted to donate to their disaster relief fund for this, you can donate here.  To donate to help in Chile, donate under “disaster relief” (which is the second option).  The first option is still to donate for relief in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti.  Both are worthy causes.  I particularly like donating through ERD (and Heiffer International) because they are on the ground, with local people, for the long haul.  But by all means donate through your favorite charity.  What’s important is to meet the need.

I read an article from the New York Times, seemingly from a religious conservative, this past week.  And the tone was along the lines that if we could just stop fixating on sexuality, maybe conservatives and liberals in the church (in the broadest sense) could focus on real Christian ministry.  Jeremiah talked about the real sin of Sodom being their unwillingness to share what they had with those in need.  And conservatives have begun to focus, perhaps, less on their personal faith, and more on living up to the gospel.  They have been challenged from within to start doing a better job of responding to the desperate needs of the world around them in God’s name. (more…)