Obamacare has taken effect, the debate over health care in America
has continued to heat up. On one hand, there is, independent of the
government, the legitimate Christian concern over those who cannot
afford health care. The Church has never been content to say that
only those with a large enough pocketbook or the right kind of job
that provides health insurance "deserve" medical treatment.
Rather, it is a basic Christian principle to help those in need
without first checking to see if they have a health insurance card.
Also at hand is the issue of skyrocketing health care costs in
America. The same treatment is available in other countries, for
example, by American-trained doctors with top-rate equipment for far
less money than Americans have to pay. Various theories as to why
these costs have been increasing abound. Health care is certainly one
area in which capitalist interests should not be the primary concern.
Obamacare (or the "Affordable Care Act," as it is
officially called) has arrived on the scene. One of the first things
many people noticed is that their health care has not become more
affordable. Many people observed their premiums actually going up for
the upcoming year. Insurance companies state that this is necessary
to comply with the new laws. As they are now no longer able to turn
away those with certain pre-existing conditions, they have raised
premiums to insure that they (the insurance companies) do not lose
money. On top of this, Americans no longer have the basic commercial
right "not to buy." Those who do not purchase insurance
will be fined with what has been officially determined to be a tax.
In the case of government requirements to have auto insurance if you
drive, you have a choice whether or not to purchase an automobile and
whether to drive on public roads. In the case of health insurance,
there is no option. One is forced to purchase insurance or pay a tax
simply for being alive. Living is a fundamental right, and now the
government has found a way to tax that.
the heart of this debate are two issues. The first is whether or not
the government knows better than an individual about that
individual's health. In pure socialized medicine, like any other
socialist system, the government is supreme and the individual has no
self worth. The government-imposed system determines what the
individual "needs" based on the perceived needs of society.
There is no respect accorded to the sanctity of each and every human
life. Obamacare has yet to show that it is going to be anything other
than socialized medicine, reducing the dignity of human beings to
mere drones of the state.
second issue at the heart of the debate is the issue of private
wealth. With higher premiums for many of those currently insured and
with the requirement for the uninsured to purchase health insurance
or pay a tax, we have what can easily amount to a tremendous transfer
of wealth from a large segment of the population. To whom is this
wealth transferred? To major corporations, to the government, or
both. Now, there is nothing wrong with corporations or the government
as long as they fulfill the requirement that we all have to do what
they do with a mind to the common good. Obamacare, however, looks to
be yet another mechanism to reduce the wealth of many people and
concentrate that wealth in the hands of a few private individuals and
the government. That may seem to be an extreme scenario, but it is
one that has been played and replayed many times. The destruction of
private wealth, with wealth then being vested in a few individuals
and the government, gives the potential for unlimited control over
the vast populace by those few individuals and the government. In all
but a truly benevolent, Christian-oriented government, exploitation
and tyranny are the inevitable outcome. What else could be expected
if the government views the people as mere tools to be used by the state?
This process is not one that takes place instantly. The intelligent
revolutionaries plan their actions over time, introducing new
policies and procedures ever-so-slightly so that there is either no
resistance, or there is a manageable level of resistance. Over time,
people acclimate. New generations grow up with indoctrination, and
thus are immune to the admonitions of their parents and their elders,
dismissing them as old fashioned and outdated. This was the means
used by the Nazis and the communists. It was highly effective. It is
still highly effective.
fact is that most people are followers and susceptible to
manipulation, even in "individualistic America." It is
right to submit to just authority. Leaders have a tremendous
responsibility to lead those in their charge in the way of right and
truth. When leaders fail in that responsibility, their authority is
no longer just.
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