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Tomorrow’s Bread Today (TBT) is a faith-centered group of men and women who recognize that Jesus asked people to “be the light of the world.” While some people have done that, most have not shed much light on anything. TBT goal is to be with the poor and to do works of mercy. One of those works is to make health care available to those who need it.
Unfortunately, our current health care system does not adequately meet the needs of anyone. It leaves even those who can afford it at great risk, in that they could lose their fortunes just in trying to stay healthy.
It may be that there are many reasons why healthcare in America has failed to care for everyone, especially the poor. However, no one is absolved of the responsibility to care for people in their communities and for the poor. It is also a great truth that the church – communities of faithful people – must meet many of these needs through intelligent and careful use of its resources.
There are many well-intentioned proposals to improve health care in the United States. Ultimately, all of them rely on the participation of the majority of patients and medical care providers with the goal that everyone will have access to health care and everyone will pay their fair share of the costs. Currently, our public and private systems do not collect nor distribute the money they get from taxes and from premiums so as to assure that everyone has access to quality health care.
Those who currently control the political process do not want to replace the private system and do not want to pay for universal health care if they have to make sacrifices in other domestic and military budgets. Therefore, it does not appear that the healthcare reform desires of the general public and the medical care providers are going to be met by political means.
Consequently, the organization of patients and providers of medical services will be needed at the local level to solve the problems related to caring for all patients in a given community. Usually, existing associations and churches take the lead in such needed grass roots developments. TBT is that kind of grass roots organization.
The members of TBT understand that the problems with healthcare exist both on the local and national level. While much of our attention is focused on how to address the local needs, we also hope to demonstrate that there are better models for health care than those we see being used.
In other countries the total lack of money, physicians, and facilities are the underlying causes of failure to provide health care to everyone. We do not lack these resources in our country, so we should be able to achieve universal health care. We want to use our best knowledge and skill to address what is wrong in each community we serve. We have begun this work in Texas and Oregon and hope to develop a model that can be used elsewhere to provide health care to everyone.
One small step we can take to begin the reform of healthcare is through cooperation. The routine expenses of individuals for primary health care services are best used if not funded through insurance contracts, but through cooperation between patients and medical care providers.
Solutions come from actions based on the virtues of love, peace, truth, tolerance, and cooperation. The virtues listed have been included in the incorporated name of Tomorrow’s Bread Today. It is a reminder of whom we must be and what we must do to reach our goals.
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