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   Posted by: pastordiehl   in Hot Potato Politics

I want to comment on another political hot potato issue. America’s health care system is seriously flawed, with health care providers jacking the cost up for those with health insurance, which raises the insurance rates for everyone. Those that do not have health insurance are destined to poorer care. When President Bill Clinton tried to bring some reform to the health care system in the early days of his administration, the Republican controlled congress forcefully shot it down. And the problem grew worse.

Then President George Bush (whom I voted for) had eight years to remedy the situation, and his administration and the Republicans in congress did absolutely nothing. And the problem grew worse.

Now that President Barack Obama is in the White House with a Democratic controlled congress, there is another chance to do something with the health care system. The Republicans again want to hold the course and change nothing, voting down every attempt to compromise.

I am reminded of what Jesus said about Christians taking care of the poor and needy. What do you think of the whole matter?

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6 comments so far

Lee Everetts

Sure, why not, I’ll put my foot in my mouth. Please correct me if I’m wrong. It has been my understanding that no one can legally be denied health care, whether or not they have insurance. The people with insurance are absorbing the health care costs of those who don’t have it. Thus contributeing to the rising cost of health care. Is this true or not? I don’t know.

August 4th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Yeah, I have opinions. I usually do. Personally, I have a BIG problem with our legislature deciding to use even one of my tax dollars to pay for abortions. I also have a problem with ILLEGAL immigrants draining our country dry of resources. Having aired some of my moral concerns, I do believe that a group of intelligent people ought to be able to come up with a workable solution to make improvements. I did process improvement for management systems and processes for years. I have seen so much waste in the last ten years working with state and federal systems that it makes me feel ill as a taxpayer. We can do better. I pray for our country and our leaders daily and make suggestions anywhere I can. I do write to my representatives on a regular basis. God help us.

August 4th, 2009 at 6:09 pm
Paul Brewer

I honestly believe that until we can control the special interest money that is continuously padding the pockets or the campaign funds of the politicians, we will all continue to suffer from “business as usual”. I appreciate that President Obama is at least trying to get something changed. While I do not agree with all that is being proposed at least someone is trying to do something. I too think we need to earnestly pray for our country and leaders.

August 4th, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Rene' Bute

Sharon, I couldn’t help but smile at the first few words of your post….I, too, usually have opinions-and they are usually pretty staunch!
Anyway, here’s a post from a different point of view.
When my son was born with what will eventually be a life-ending heart defect, my then-husband and I were both working, making a modest $100,000 a year between us. Because of our income, we qualified for absolutely NO help whatsoever. We had insurance, but within less than a year, our son had reached the lifetime cap of a million dollars imposed by our plan. In the meantime, I couldn’t work and had to rent an apartment 3 hours from home, pay for gas, etc, etc. What little money we saved was gone, and credit cards were maxed out. Had it not been for ONE woman in the system that believed that we should be able to get some help, we would have lost everything within that first year. That one woman was able to get Jacob on a medical waiver that included Medicaid. I have always been brought up to do for yourself, but THANK GOD that this option was there. The cost of medicine and procedures is ridiculously out of reach for the normal person. Even now, my husband and I go without medical care to free up money for the things that our children HAVE to have done. It’s very scary for me that the rug may get pulled out from under my sick son’s care regimen. What if when he’s 16, they decide there is no money left in Medicaid, and he’s just out of luck?? How do I tell him that we can’t buy life-sustaining medicine for him anymore or tell him that he can’t have any more surgeries?
Yet-on the side of the government-with millions and millions of people, how do you reasonably determine the legitimate ‘coverage-worthy’ people from those that are scamming the system and freeloading?
You have to wonder if the system in Canada would work here. Health care is covered for EVERYONE. Jacob would never see a bill for what he needs done.

August 5th, 2009 at 10:41 pm
Char Kincaid

Rene, I am really glad you shared your personal story. As a social worker in healthcare, I have seen so many people over the years who become ill or have chronic illnesses that simply max out their insurance plans or become so ill they can no longer work. Then, they are able to qualify for Medicaid. Others, like you, have to exhaust all the resources they have managed to save just to be able to get medical assistance. But, what happens to the “working poor,” people who are working hard but health insurance that is offered at their jobs is just too expensive to afford? Something has to change sometime in our nation. The gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” just keeps widening and widening. Pastor’s question was about Christians caring for the poor and needy. I guess right now, America does that through state medicaid programs. However, it seems like all too often we hear of more and more people becoming poor and needy.

August 6th, 2009 at 9:30 pm
Tara Lilly

I want to address the question from the standpoint of the proper Christian response, and the systemic problem from a spiritual angle. Again, I find myself philosophically opposed to the status quo. What did Jesus really say about this? Did he ask us to give our money to the government in taxes, and just have them take care of those in need? No, he told us to do it ourselves, go about finding needs and meeting them. I suggest that the Body has allowed the government to become our “proxy”, if you will. A proxy is basically someone standing in for someone else in a duty or responsibility. It happened over time, with hundreds of programs over several years, but it is not the Biblical model. It has been this way for so long that most everyone accepts it. The Church is lazy now and Christians are more and more willing to just pay more in taxes so that the government can provide cradle to grave assistance to whomever needs it, but when a hand is extended in help, it should be connected to the face of Jesus, not a government bureaucrat collecting a paycheck. As it is, we can sit at home and say, why should I worry about the poor, they can collect free health care, welfare, food stamps, etc. from the government, that’s what I pay my taxes for! So the cycle of poverty continues (even though the government began a War on Poverty decades ago, it contines to rise despite hundreds of state and federal programs designed to fight it) because it is missing key elements; it must be delivered with grace and compassion, as done by the hands and feet of Jesus. If any of these problems are to be solved it will be through Revival and Revolution in the Body of Christ! There are many faith-based organizations that offer solutions to healthcare reform that are free-market based and more Biblically-modeled, but in the “government has to fix everything” climate we are currently in, they are being ignored.

August 9th, 2009 at 5:26 am

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