One Christ follower thinks about Universal Healthcare

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]the current American version of Universal Healthcare (UHC), Obamacare, has been the subject of not a little debate. One side seems to think it is a literal panacea. The other places it somewhere between overt communism or the total collapse of the U.S. economy and Satan worship accompanied by child sacrifices.

I have not devoted much time either to thinking or writing about Obamacare. It is a law in the process of implementation. Presidential candidates who ran promising to repeal it were defeated. We now deal with the consequences, good, bad or neutral.

Leaving aside from Obamacare for the moment, I am striving to discern why Universal Healthcare seems distasteful to so many. Is it wrong to want people to be healthy and physically whole as much as possible?

I am struggling to see the “danger of socialized medicine” argument as legitimate. Between Medicaid and all its parts, Medicare, CHIP, etc, already have an enormous amount of socialized or partially-socialized medicine in this country. (This is a fascinating look at Universal Healthcare efforts in American history.)

Are there followers of Christ who are arguing that universal healthcare is unbiblical? If so, who has made such an argument?

If not, where are those who have all along been pushing for Universal Healthcare pre-Obama, pre-Hilary and pre-Romney? I suspect there are some; perhaps they are on the “wrong” side of the political spectrum. If providing healthcare for every citizen is a good and honorable goal why have Christ followers not been looking for ways to make it happen? This assumes Obamacare is the abomination some make it out to be and should be rejected.

The history of Christianity is the building of hospitals, clinics, and other caregiving centers. Are we choosing to distance ourselves from this heritage? (Before you say the government should leave care of the sick and ailing to churches, consider whether churches have the financial resources to carry such a burden for the entire country. Short of selling all property and buildings, I do not see it is feasible.)

I am not so much concerned with whether Obamacare is the best manifestation of Universal Healthcare, or whether the website works, or whether it is affordable. Is the idea of Universal Healthcare unbiblical?

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Marty Duren

Just a guy writing some things.

  • itsjenjen

    I can’t see where it’s either Biblical or non-Biblical. I do feel there is room for debate and differing of opinions on this. My greatest concern, though, is that the message being sent by Christians on the “against” side is being translated that we don’t care about those with no health insurance. I think we need to use caution in how we word our disagreements, to make sure they demonstrate love and concern for those without health insurance as well.

  • art rogers

    Galatians 6:6-10

    The one who is taught the message must share his goods with the teacher. Do no be deceived, God is not mocked. Whatever a man sows, he will also reap. If he sows to the flesh, then he will reap corruption from his flesh. If he sows to the spirit, then he will reap eternal life from the spirit. *So we must not get tired in doing good for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. Therefore, we must work for the good of all, especially those who belong to the household of faith.*

    Seems that this Scripture says that all mankind is our responsibility, in and out of the body of Christ. If we don’t build clinics, etc, then how will we care for everyone?

    That said, I’m not confident the government bureaucracy is an effective or efficient way to accomplish it.

    • martyduren

      Art-
      I share your bureaucratic concerns as you can guess. But, is there an alternative that provides healthcare for everyone?

  • Bob Cleveland

    I’ve spent time in London, and in Germany. Both have federal healthcare or federal health insurance. In both cases, ever friend I know there has purchased individual insurance outside the system, because both were woefully inadequate.

    It doesn’t work, which is why I am staunchly for leaving it in the hands of private people and private industry. Even at the risk of letting everyone be free to not buy insurance, and then go crying to the government when they get sick and cannot afford the result. What with 45+ years in the insurance industry, I’ve seen a lifetime of THAT.

    And, at that, you’d not want to trade tax structures with either country.

    • martyduren

      Bob-
      Is the idea of UHC unbiblical? That’s all I’m asking.

  • Beth DeVore

    I don’t think UHC is unbiblical. I think if a nation chose to follow Christ’s mandate to help the sick, that would be a manifestation of the Kingdom of God in the world and would reap God’s specific blessings.

    Of course, I don’t think there’s too much American policy out there that is primarily motivated by the desire to obey Christ.

    My husband stayed in the military in part for healthcare that is essentially socialistic. I’m not so much afraid of UHC, I just don’t think this is it. This is forcing people to buy health insurance, something my brother cannot afford. I don’t have a problem with a government taxing for the purpose to provide basic health care while allowing people to purchase insurance for something better. You know, if I thought the government would be good and wise with taxpayers dollars and the governance of health care.

    As HMOs were ramping up, a friend, an ER doc, said that the old system was better. Poor people got minimal service; rich people got more. But everybody got seen. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, and what will happen to it when/if Republicans gain control again.

    My biggest beef is that it’s so complicated no one actually knows what it’s about.