COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) is revealing the seriousness of our public policy failures here in the U.S. It begins with our lack of universal healthcare.
As of the writing of this essay, the Democratic presidential primary is underway and the Louisiana Legislative session will begin on March 9. I considered writing about the necessity of doing our civic duty to vote. While this is true, I decided to go one-step further in how we discuss civic duty.
The Trump Administration’s capitulation to a Turkish invasion of Kurdish regions of Syria has begun to displace thousands of Kurdish civilians fleeing war’s destruction and death. They join more than 70 million refugees and internally displaced people fleeing for their lives worldwide.
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law Medicare and Medicaid. These programs were created to provide access to health care to those most likely to be uninsured: the elderly (Medicare) and the poor (Medicaid). Indeed, a majority of these folks did not have health insurance; and, if they did have access to care through the network of charity hospitals, it was largely limited and stigmatizing.
Last month in this column  Fred Kammer, SJ, treated the four Jesuit universal preferences for the future of our ministries, noting that “preferences” are more inclusive than that other oft-used term “priorities,” which tend to exclude more than they include.