Healthcare is Not Getting Reformed

Posted: June 30, 2017 by Matt Horan in ReEmergent Church

​By Matt Horan

Healthcare is expensive, and we don’t like that, so our elected officials, who want to remain elected officials, are promising to take care of it.  

By the way–they’re not going to take care of it.

See, healthcare is expensive because:

  1. We pay doctors more than most places in the world because we sue each other more than everywhere else in the world.
  2. We are more obese than everywhere else in the world.
  3. Hospital stays are the most expensive in the world, one again, because we sue each other more than everywhere else in the world
  4. Drug patents last so long that it takes several years before cheaper generics can be produced–which is a big deal since we consume more prescription drugs than everywhere else in the world.

They’re not going to take care of it because they seem to believe that there can be healthcare reform without doing anything about any of the aforementioned reasons that healthcare is expensive.  There have been no plans for salary reforms, no efforts against obesity, no tort reforms, and no patent reforms proposed in any bills passed by either side.

See, those who have made healthcare a for-profit industry have successfully manipulated the debate.  Rather than talking about how much it costs, they have turned it into a class warfare argument about who will pay for it.  Let’s consider how a bill becomes a failure to solve the problem:

  • First, a healthcare bill is written and the CBO announces how many people will not have health insurance if this bill is enacted.
  • Second, news outlets find some opponents of the bill to say how many people will die without insurance, and polling data shows that Americans are opposed to people dying from not having health insurance.
  • Third, some combination of government (tax revenue) and consumer spending is decided upon to pay for healthcare, meaning that in the end, consumers are paying for all of it either way.  

Result: Though the percentage coming from public and private sources might wiggle back and forth every once in a while, the healthcare industry gets paid just as much as they were getting paid before.

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Posted: June 29, 2017 by Matt Horan in ReEmergent Church

Dressing in the Dark

Posted: January 23, 2017 by Matt Horan in Uncategorized

By Matt Horan

A couple years ago I preached a sermon on Matthew 12:30-35 at Seminole Heights United Methodist about our motivations in ministry.  Do we participate in the life of the church out of a superstitious, “karma-like” fear that something bad might happen if we don’t, and a hope that the chances of good things happening will increase if we do?  Do we feel guilty if we don’t?  Are we trying to affect how we’ll spend eternity by our participation, as if we’re storing up points in our favor?

To test and see if the congregation was alert and understood the concept of motivation, I asked them to watch a compilation video of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s infamous press conference before the NFL’s Super Bowl XLVIII to see if they could discern his motivation for showing up to speak to reporters on the required media day.

As an added element to help make the point, I ordered an “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” t-shirt to wear.  What if that was the motivation for your pastor showing up on Sunday morning? Read the rest of this entry »

Schism Is a Failure of Love and Leadership

Posted: October 13, 2016 by Matt Horan in Uncategorized

A profound word about the kind of model of unity the church of Jesus Christ has the opportunity to be for our increasingly divided world.

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Talk of schism in The United Methodist Church abounds, exposing an already distracted church. Contemplating split precisely when the world needs an embodied message of reconciliation is a transparent betrayal of the church’s nature and mission.

John Wesley in his sermon “On Schism” declares:

To separate ourselves from a body of living Christians, with whom we were before united, is a grievous breach of the law of love. It is the nature of love to unite us together; and the greater the love, the stricter the union. . . . It is only when our love grows cold, that we can think of separating from our brethren. And this is certainly the case with any who willingly separate from their Christian brethren. . . The pretences for separation may be innumerable, but want of love is always the real cause.[1]

As Christ’s followers, we are commanded to love one…

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