Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Is Obamacare the right thing to do?

Healthcare is a complex subject but you should be in favor of universal health care for those who can't afford it if you claim to be a Christian.  Obamacare is far from perfect but it does make an attempt to help people in great need that Republicans have not attempted to help yet.  I watched my mother suffer while she was on her death bed and I was unable to help her financially at that time.  Obamacare would have helped her and taken serious concerns from her mind as she was about to die.

Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection an...
Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Some Republicans claim to be Christian and yet they vehemently oppose universal healthcare because the leadership of the Republican party doesn't see any value in promoting it.  Low income people needing financial help with their healthcare tend not to be big donors to the Republican party.  Universal health care should be a moral priority for Christians.  It's hypocritical to tell someone about the love of Christ when you advocate that their family should be denied basic healthcare because they don't meet your criteria.  Some Christians have never experienced a severe illness requiring significant medical help so they don't have any personal experience to relate to this type of situation.  These Christians should try reading the parable of the Good Samaritan in their Bible so that they can improve their empathy with less fortunate people.

I favor a mixture of private insurance choices using vouchers with a public safety net of some type for poor people.  Obamacare should be heavily modified in its implementation or scrapped in favor of a new system.  Government is usually not the most efficient way to manage anything but some type of limited government regulation is needed for health insurance.  The United States has sufficient resources to provide some type of healthcare for poor people that is effective and dignified.

I don't believe that forcing The Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for birth control by using the legal apparatus of the government is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars.  A voucher system based on consumer choice without intense intrusive government regulation should be our goal for the United States healthcare system.  Christians should "band together" to create health care systems and insurance based on Christian values as part of a voucher system.  This would provide choices that are not based on an atheistic government controlled ideology.  People should be free to choose a doctor that is not being forced to provide a specific rigid form of treatment that complies with atheistic values such as euthanasia, anti-family values, pro-abortion, and mandated psychiatric gender confusion.  People that already want this kind of care have plenty of available choices for medical care.

The Obama administration has made it difficult for existing Christian medical systems (Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, etc) to easily practice their religion within the context of medicine.  Why the hell is that?  Why does the Obama administration feel threatened by the The Little Sisters of the Poor? The idea of "separation of Church and State" is great until the government decides it needs to force absolutely everyone to do exactly what it decrees using the power of regulation by the state.  Your freedom to choose your own medical care is more important than the need of the government to control you.  

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