A recent Los Angeles Times article by Tom Hamburger and Kim
Geiger detailed a provision to the healthcare Band-Aid, one introduced by Sen.
Orrin Hatch and supported by other congressional luminaries like Sen. John
Kerry, which �requires insurers to consider covering Christian Science prayer
treatments as medical expenses.�
After reading this, I immediately began to excavate for
information about the Church of Christ, Scientist, whose name seems more than a
little oxymoronic. According to the site beliefnet.com, �suffering is a false
belief� that originates in the mind. �Physicians are not viewed
antagonistically; but their methods are seen as ineffective because they treat
disease as originating in the body rather than mind.�
Hamburger and Geiger quoted Christian Science Church
official Phil Davis who said that �prayer treatment was an effective
alternative to conventional healthcare.�
Remember, now, that both Kerry and Hatch -- in fact, all
members of Congress -- benefit from socialized medicine, the very best our tax
dollars can purchase. Those we elect to represent our interests pay a very
small amount for our largesse, a pittance compared to what we ordinaries are
forced to spend on outrageous premiums and high co-pays. Family members of the
power wielders are covered, too, and pre-existing conditions are not denied.
So, all of this leads to some conclusions/suggestions: if
suffering is head-case stuff and can be prayed away, we don�t need medical
therapies and, therefore, Big Insurance and Big Pharma are obsolete. Therefore,
we citizens should demand the termination of this obsolescence -- health
coverage for Congress. Let them eat prayers.
And we�ll tell Sen. Hatch that if he�s short of breath,
feels a crushing pain in his chest, breaks out in a cold sweat, is nauseas, and
has arm discomfort, he shouldn�t allow anyone to call 911. Instead, he must
request a good Christian Scientist Dial-A-Prayer to drive the evil and massive
coronary from his noggin. If he thinks for one second that he requires a
pacemaker, he can pace the prayers. Because it�s his head. Nothing more.
And for Sen. Kerry, we�ll advise if his prostrate cancer
recurs or metastasizes, he should hire the prayer providers to exorcise from
his mind whatever�s the matter -- those figments of �false belief.� After all,
who needs medical therapy when prayer therapy is so very state of the art?
Now, for the last: Congressmen and women who don�t run
swiftly from a provision put forth by vomitous panderers, pouring church and
state into a blender, should receive no access to physicians and medical
procedures. Pray-away-the-demons will be their robust plan to wellness, without
any other option.
Deliver us from quackery. Deliver us from hypocrisy.
lives in New York City. She�s written for National Public Radio and Nashville Life Magazine. An outspoken
critic of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq, she�s a member of Gold
Star Families for Peace. She completed a novel last year, but since the death
of her nephew, Marine Lance Cpl. Chase J. Comley, in Iraq on August 6,� 05, she
has been writing political articles. She can be reached at: Missybeat@aol.com.