Why I Support President Obama (Part I)

May 3, 2012

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Post by Joseph M- 

(Originally posted Feb. 5, 2012)

My principal reason for backing President Obama is his support and initiation of healthcare reform, and ultimately his signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law in 2010. Republicans have pejoratively labeled it Obamacare; meanwhile President Obama has embraced the term, saying, “I have no problem with people saying Obama cares. I do care.” I care too, and this issue is the political lynchpin for me. I cannot support any candidate who does not appreciate or understand the need for an expansion of access to healthcare in this country. Healthcare should not be a privilege of the wealthy, but a right for all. I believe that if we can get behind public monies for libraries, sports arenas, museums, parks, wildlife protection, and Bombs over Baghdad, then we should also ensure healthcare access.

And so you might further see my point: are you aware that through local tax payer money, you (and your children) can check out Saw IIIIIIIVVVI, and Saw: the Final Chapter from the Seattle Public Library and the King County Library System? And I just checked – you can get it at the Salt Lake City Library as well.

My belief is that providing healthcare is the right thing to do; it is the Christian thing to do, and this aligns with my Mormon faith. I echo the words written by Boyd Peterson in his essay entitled, Why I’m a Mormon Democrat:

“I believe that the Democratic party takes the strongest position on many moral issues. For example, King Benjamin’s address in the Book of Mormon admonishes us to prioritize, ‘feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants’ (Mosiah 4:26). I believe the Democratic party works harder to protect and defend these moral priorities.” 

And so I feel about President Obama. When I decided to vote for Barack Obama, I did so with the belief that he would bring change to America and especially its healthcare system. Of course, there is more to be done. However, President Obama has fulfilled his promise of change in so many ways; therefore, I will continue to support him and his presidency.

In addressing the specific issue of healthcare, I like these two quotations, one from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the second from the American Medical Student Association:

“Our approach to health care is shaped by a simple but fundamental principle: ‘Every person has a right to adequate health care. This right flows from the sanctity of human life and the dignity that belongs to all human persons, who are made in the image of God.’ Health care is more than a commodity; it is a basic human right, an essential safeguard of human life and dignity. We believe our people’s health care should not depend on where they work, how much their parents earn, or where they live. Our constant teaching that each human life must be protected and human dignity promoted leads us to insist that all people have a right to health care.”

USCCB – June 18, 1993, “A Framework for Comprehensive Health Care Reform.”

“In a time when thousands of people lose their health insurance every day, when health care is becoming elusive to even well-to-do Americans, and when any person is just one pink slip away from becoming uninsured, it becomes clear that health care for all is not just important to achieve, but imperative.

At its root, the lack of health care for all in America is fundamentally a moral issue. The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not have some form of universal health care (defined as a basic guarantee of health care to all of its citizens). While other countries have declared health care to be a basic right, the United States treats health care as a privilege, only available to those who can afford it…

Americans purport to believe in equal opportunity. Yet, in the current situation, those who do not have health care are at risk for financial ruin and poorer health, both of which disadvantage them in society and thereby do not give them equal opportunity…

The Declaration of Independence states there are certain ‘inalienable rights’, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If Americans believe in an inalienable right to life, how can we tolerate a system that denies people lifesaving medications and treatments? Similarly, if Americans believe in an inalienable
right to the pursuit of happiness, how can we allow millions of dreams to be smashed by the financial and physical consequences of uninsurance?”

AMSA – Aug. 27, 2009, “The Case for Universal Healthcare.”

It feels dang good to be on the right side of history on this one.

To see Part 2 of this post click here.

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9 Comments on “Why I Support President Obama (Part I)”

  1. Jack Handy Says:

    I agree with much of the content of this article. I think that socialism falls in line with the law of consecration, and feel that a lot of us are criticized by our fellow republican churchmembers because they feel that socialism is such a bad thing. If we are “Socialists”, what is wrong with that? I think we should be proud of that! We should own it! Even though the law of consecration requires a willing heart, there is nothing wrong with forcing everyone to pitch in for the good of the whole, right? Why make it a heart felt choice, do it by force and it will happen!

    • Bubba Says:

      “Even though the law of consecration requires a willing heart, there is nothing wrong with forcing everyone to pitch in for the good of the whole, right? Why make it a heart felt choice, do it by force and it will happen!”

      Sure, we were put on this Earth to exercise free will. What’s wrong with eliminating that?

  2. Matt Says:

    Thank you for this. It is so refreshing to see someone who is concerned first with policies and benefiting others, and not primarily with personal identity. I find it sad that the current Republican party is only concerned about making the rich even richer.

  3. V Hudson Says:

    Here at SquareTwo, we’d like to see a representative from MormonsforObama.org submit an answer (for possible publication) to our current Readers’ Puzzle on whether Mormons should vote for Mitt Romney because he is Mormon.

    http://squaretwo.org/Sq2ArticleReadersPuzzleRomney.html

    Please send your response to squaretwojournal@yahoo.com

    Sincerely, VMH

  4. Joseph Says:

    I have thought about this quite a bit… and if the majority votes for a president that makes social programs or healthcare expansion a priority, it isn’t like something is being “done” to us. We chose it. And it really won’t happen any other way. And we all pay for things we’d rather not pay for – (que my weird example of Saw DVDs at the public library.) And I think the majority will choose Obama again in 2012.

  5. Ryan Says:

    Healthcare should be a right for all…but I don’t think we should stop there. I think every American should have the right to live in a 4000 sq ft. house, to drive a corvette, and to go out to dinner at least 4 times per week. It is unAmerican that only the wealthy get to enjoy these things.

    • Bubba Says:

      I almost agree with you. Why do I have to drive a Corvette? I’d like a Bugatti, or an Austin Martin, or a Ford GT (just to keep it American…)

  6. Joseph Says:

    Ryan, you are right: healthcare should be a right for all, and I also wouldn’t stop there – but I’m not sure about the 4000 sq ft house or whatever you were talking about… that seems a little over the top to me. But if I could make a wish list, I would like to see real living wages for the many honest hard workers out there, and I would like to see dental care added to the mix (not just tooth extraction.) I could go on…

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