Well, now it is officially January 1st 2014, which means that the individual mandate has forced many into Obamacare. I have already had health insurance for the past sixteen years through Blue Cross Blue Shield; so I thought I wouldn’t have to change much when Obamacare kicked in. Maybe I shouldn’t call it Obamacare since it’s official name is the “Affordable Healthcare Act” but this title seems to be misleading, at least in my case.
About a week and a half ago I got a letter from my insurance provider informing me that my monthly premiums were going from $ 850.00 to $1250.00. That is an increase of nearly fifty percent. With the amount of my payment increase I could make my car payment and still have a hundred dollars left over. This is definitely less affordable, and I can’t afford it so we went searching for another plan. We ended up in a high deductible, no copays, kind of plan. You know one of those plans this legislation was supposed to be saving us from: definitely less health care.
So in my case, at least, the “Affordable Healthcare Act” proved to be less affordable and less healthcare. The only word left is the word “Act”. I do find it to be that. I turn on the news and see a lot of politicians (who don’t have to be in the program) acting like this is a great deal.
The religious leaders of Jesus’ day also had a problem with acting. They acted like they were close to God but they made loopholes in God’s commands so they could look good even while not following them. For instance, the Bible tells us to honor our father and mother, which would include making sure they are taken care of in their declining years. The leaders, however, invented a way to declare that everything they had was dedicated to the temple though they didn’t actually have to give it to the temple. So, when it came to providing for their parents, they could say, “sorry Mom and Dad, but I have dedicated everything I have to God”. They could disobey the command to honor their parents and look super-spiritual doing it. To this Jesus responded, “You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” (Matthew 15:7-9).
The word “hypocrite” was used by the Greeks to describe an actor on the stage or someone who was playing a part. It was this fake spirituality in people that Jesus was most critical of. God looks at our hearts. We must not play the part with Him or we stand to loose much more than our health insurance.