At the opening event of a weeklong celebration in Kansas City for the national holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the Rev. Frank A. Thomas was right to focus on health care and President Barack Obama’s signature legislation getting health care coverage for more Americans.
Thomas quoted King saying that of all forms of inequity and injustice in the world, health care is the most shocking and inhumane. That’s because without it, people become unproductive, debilitated and die prematurely.
Thomas praised the Affordable Care Act, which Obama was able to get passed in 2010, for enabling millions of people in the United States to finally get health insurance coverage. He condemned others for trying to get it thrown out and for even shutting down the government because they did not want health care for all.
Government has to provide a social safety net for those in need. “I thought it was a moral obligation to help somebody,” said Thomas, a minister and professor at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He spoke at the Community Christian Church on Sunday.
Thomas urged churches to lose the silence on the issue and get involved.