HOW CAN WE CALL OURSELVES A GREAT COUNTRY?

When will this ever end?

 

    Meet Amanda, a single mother I met while living in Cape Coral, Fl.  Amanda was standing in front of me waiting to pick up a prescription at the former Kmart pharmacy in the Coral Wood Mall.

 

In front of another elderly gentleman and me, waiting at the window, stood Amanda holding an infant who looked very pale and feverish.  The child rested her head, her hair matted with sweat, on the shoulder of her mother.

 

The pharmacist handed the woman a prescription and said something about the cost being around $90 if I recall.

 

“Why so much?” she asked.  The pharmacist said something about it being a very expensive liquid antibiotic.

 

Amanda reached inside her tiny purse for her checkbook.  “I heard her clearly say in a voice wracked with sadness and almost desperation,” When will this ever end.?”

 

I  heard her cry as well.

 

I, along with a man standing behind, stepped forward and I said, “This is your lucky day.”  We paid for the prescription.

 

I believe people should ask:  “Why are we in this position in the United States?  Why do people have to pick and choose when it comes to prescription drugs, or most areas of health care?  Why do we spend so much in military costs when half of what is budgeted would pay for health care coverage for every American, rebuild every elementary, middle and high school in this country and fund Social Security through the year 2040?  Why does every modern day country provide health care for all its citizens? Why do health care costs continue to rise, and yet the U.S. healthcare system is rated 37th in the world by the World Health Organization? Why do millions of Americans on a daily basis cry out in pain because they cannot afford or have limited or no access to quality medical care?

Why has not the religious community been the leaders in bringing about health care change in this country?   Where are our priorities?    America is a good country populated by some very great people.  How can we call ourselves a great country when we continue to allow or turn our backs on millions who cry out in pain or desperation because we make so very difficult to access or afford medical care?