...why all the violent fuss about healthcare reform in the US? I suspect this is one of those major major cross-cultural differences, even (especially?) among Christians. I can only speak from my perspective as a UK Christian, but I can't see anything wrong with trying to extend healthcare protection to the weakest, poorest and most vulnerable members of society. If I ask myself the question, 'what would Jesus do?' on this issue, the answer is a most emphatic 'yes!' (indeed, He has said as much through many of the OT prophets); and if the better-off have to pay for that, then so be it (Dives and Lazarus, anyone?). For all we moan about our UK National Health Service, it does by and large work; I don't lie awake at night wondering wheter I'll be able to afford medical treatment if I or my children fall ill, as many Americans whom I talk with do. I can only say then that I was profoundly shocked and dismayed by the scenes on my TV last night, of what appeared to be howling mobs shouting down Congressmen at town hall meetings to discuss the proposals. That strikes me as neither democratic nor particularly Christian (assuming, as I suspect, that some at least of these folks were Christian); surely the point of having a debate is to hear both sides and to grant each side a fair hearing? So, I can only conclude that I'm missing something vital here? Maybe these healthcare reforms won't really help the poor and needy? Anyone care to enlighten me? Or are we just talking a cross-cultural difference; two groups of Christians divided by a common language?