A friend passes along a note to participants in an annual golf tournament for the Mountain Home Christian Clinic
, a charity effort. The tourney will be held as usual in June, but:
The Clinic's mission has dwindled sharply with the advent of Obamacare and Arkansas's private option health care. As a result, and after consulting closely with the Clinic's founder, our committee has made the decision to keep the tournament as is, but to change the title to allow us to serve other worthy local beneficiaries. Our new name is: The Mountain Home Charity Golf Classic and our first beneficiary will be the brand new Arkansas State University - Mountain Home Technical Center.
Gov. Asa Huchinson, in pushing for the continuation of Arkansas's use of Obamacare to expand Medicaid at least through 2017, lamented the closure of charity clinics. People helping others is always a good thing. I hope that's what he meant.
Because, good as Christian or any other flavor of charity might be, we know it is a leaky safety net that pulls some from a sea of poor or non-existent health care while missing many others. Universal coverage — an understood public responsibility in most developed countries — is the most efficient and sure means to provide health security.