Thank you, Jeff, for that question. Here is his question in its entirety, folks:
Hi Kelli, thanks for taking my comment. My question for you is, what’s so wrong with universal healthcare? Wouldn’t that be helping ‘the least of these’ more than what most people are doing now? Thanks, I’ll hang up and listen to your response.
My answer to you is that there is a difference between Israel and the church. In the past, God was going to save an entire nation. Now He works on an individual basis. (ha, you like that pastor?) And since we’re supposed to do what Jesus would do, I would submit to you that we are to watch out for our own and work on on an individual basis – by which I mean our immediate families and our extended families. Now, of course, in a sin-riddled world, this falls apart because the nuclear family has fallen apart. So, then I believe the Christian’s response is to reach out to those around them and do what we can to help those in need. I also think healthcare should be privatized – creating competition and better prices. My doctors routinely cut off 20% off the top of charges because “the insurance companies don’t pay that, why should you?”
Universal healthcare does not solve any problems – it makes the hospitals overcrowded and the doctor’s impossible to get in to see. Have you heard how long the wait is to seek medical help in countries with socialized medicine? Just the other day, Rush mentioned that Britain is now telling pregnant women to seek out the care of midwives, because the hospitals are too crowded to deliver all the babies! Make sure you look into this SCHIP bill carefully before you get all hyper about how Bush is vetoing funding for sweet little children. I’m sorry, but a family making $83,000 a year should be able to afford doctor visits.
My personal situation is that we are self-employed, so we only have health insurance for catastrophic costs. We pay everything else out of pocket. This makes me think twice before seeing the doctor, as opposed to if we had coverage for every visit (because I would definitely be in that office more – creating more of a backlog for the doctor!).
One day, when my baby was getting his immunizations, the pediatrician said, “You know, if you don’t have insurance for these, you can go downtown and get them for free.” I -feeling I had to take a stand on principle, but feeling kinda silly saying it out loud – very quietly replied, “I can’t… I’m an… American.”
She laughed and said, “You can still be an American if you get free shots.”
I replied, “No, no, I can’t. I can afford to pay for these shots because we work hard and I will pay for them.”
[For further info on the SCHIP bill, see The Heritage.. And here’s a brief excerpt from the Heritage site: [up to an] Annual income of $82,600 for a family of four—hardly considered low-income by any reasonable standard. The House policy is transparently absurd: 89 percent of all children between 300 percent and 400 percent of the FPL are enrolled in private health insurance; 77 percent of all children between 200 percent and 300 percent of the FPL are enrolled in private health insurance; and 50 percent of all children between 100 percent and 200 percent of the FPL are enrolled in private health insurance.
As another attempt to expand welfare dependency, the House bill would allow persons up to age 21 to be recognized as “children” for purposes of the law. Under certain provisions, program funds may be used to cover non-pregnant, childless adults. )
Ed. Note: If you don’t have enough people to call “your own” – all donations to my family are gratefully accepted.