I get a lot of calls from people who are worried about other people that they know—someone who’s lost a job or who’s behind in their rent or who needs to get a prescription filled and they don’t know where to get help. I have the privilege of working with a group of talented and caring staff that will leave no stone unturned in trying to help. I’m grateful when friends and family call to ask if we can get involved. But sometimes, you gotta wonder.
I got a message this week about a man who’s mother works for a couple that cares a lot about helping other people. They are generous givers to lots of local charities who help “the less fortunate.” They wanted to help this man, so they turned to us.
Unemployed, struggling with mental health issues, the man had been in need of a medical procedure that he couldn’t pay for. After a sibling took out a title loan on her car, the man got his procedure. A nonprofit group helped with utilities and food. My staff is now working with the man and his family to see what long-term assistance we can arrange for to get this family some financial stability.
But here’s the part that still makes me shake my head in wonder: half of this power couple who contacted us works for an organization that is lobbying against health care reform. Like Billie Holiday sang: “You can help yourself, but don’t take too much.”
In the United States of America, don’t lose your health care. Because if you do, you are going to have to rely on “scraps of bread and such” to be tossed your way. You don’t deserve health care. It’s not a human right. It’s a privilege, that “them that’s got gets and them that’s not will lose.”
God bless the child that’s got his own.