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July 23, 2014

In a small, SC emergency room, the answer to 'Who is my neighbor?'

My childhood friend Edwin Leap, an evangelical, conservative physician in an emergency department in a small South Carolina hospital, has written a beautiful column on “Who’s our neighbor?” Also a columnist and blogger, he writes often about the health care system, Obamacare specifically as it relates to doctors, the role of government and the place for personal responsibility.

My childhood friend Edwin Leap, an evangelical, conservative physician in an emergency department in a small South Carolina hospital, has written a beautiful column on “Who’s our neighbor?” Also a columnist and blogger, he writes often about the health care system, Obamacare specifically as it relates to doctors, the role of government and the place for personal responsibility.

An excerpt:

“In a modern age, in modern cities, with our laughter filled homes, our full freezers and pantries, our too full closets, it is all too easy to forget the desperate, the lonely, the outcasts; those whom society marginalizes as odd or as criminals. And those who banish themselves for reasons of anger, guilt or sorrow. But it is a hurting world.

“On one level, we know it. We charge our government to spend vast sums on programs for people in need. It makes us feel good, I suppose. At least collectively, we can say that our tax dollars are helping someone. It keeps most of us out of desperate places that smell dirty; and out of the confines of molded trailers or tents in far off forests, under overpasses and in other places less than charming.”

Read the rest here.

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