overcoming average(?)

because it’s something the world just needs less of

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can someone tell me what’s wrong with free health care in the u.s.? especially if you’re a christian? i honestly don’t understand what the resistance is to it. is it because we’re collectively scared of the word “socialism?” as a christian, why do we even seem scared of socialism? because of evil dictatorships in the first half of the 20th century? read matthew 25:34-46, then tell me what’s more evil: a system that feeds greed and ego, or one that steals from the rich to give to the poor? right now, i’m young and woefully ignorant, so please educate me. i’m probably not seeing every angle and i’d like to. so, what are your thoughts, and how do those align with what Jesus has taught us?

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Written by matt

August 7, 2009 at 11:17 pm

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  1. if it were truely free then people wouldn’t get taxed, it would be fully donation-funded

    dan

    August 15, 2009 at 4:54 am

  2. Everything given by a government was taken from someone. Ultimately you have to decide how much redistribution of wealth you are comfortable with. Our nation has the highest corporate tax rate (tied with Japan). Problem is we are also near the top with our personal taxes and an additional 5% is coming for top earners to pay for this healthcare reform. Very few countries are near the top for both taxes (Germany, Japan, and USA).

    You can’t always look at someone’s goal of making a profit as greed. Are registered nurses greedy because they ask for such a high hourly wage for overtime? Are Pediatric Neurosurgeons greedy because they earn so much more than a medical assistant? I don’t see the world through such jaded glasses. A carrot at the end of such an important career is reason enough for many to sacrifice, study, postpone family life, and risk fortunes through loans for the chance to be the best and make a difference.

    Finally the healthcare reform that Obama is offering will affect the vast majority of this country who already have healthcare. And statistically the majority who have healthcare are happy with what they have. Personally I love the healthcare my family has but there is a possibility of my own type of insurance becoming illegal under some of the legislation floating around the House right now. I specifically heard Representative Paul Ryan from Wisconsin explain that in an interview. I am not willing to have worse healthcare for my family and I so others worse off can get a something that is probably already available through the state. But I guess that is where our country is headed. It has been socialist for a while now.

    Finally I always find it interesting when people take quotes from Jesus and try to manipulate them into some socialist, quasi communist rhetoric for the Democratic Party. Everything Jesus stands for is choice. Choosing to give to the poor. Choosing to tithe. Choosing to serve. Taxes are not an option. If you don’t pay you go to jail. It is our duty as Christians to pay our taxes but we still have a voice of how those taxes should be allocated. If this is not the case all Christians should stop voting.

    Micah

    September 5, 2009 at 9:52 pm

  3. so, your argument comes down to money right?
    I know that everything we get from the government comes from somewhere, and I’m not so ignorant as to assume that we would get something from nothing. my overarching question is why are we unwilling to pay for it? because we’re taxed already? that’s not an actual reason. we’re going to get taxed no matter what, and you’re right, we should have a say in how that money gets spent. so why shouldn’t one of those things be taking care of people who need it? seems to me to a more worthwhile cause to spend money on than some of the other things our tax dollars go towards.
    also, I’m not so ignorant to think that people are greedy for making a profit. I know that if there is no incentive to get rich then no one would do anything. but you know what, I will be so idealistic as to say that to whom much is given much is required. and by saying that you’re not willing to pay for someone else to get potentially life saving care, you’ve essentially put a dollar amount on a human being.
    I’m not one to twist what the bible says to my own ends, but I am to read what it says and try to apply it to what’s going on in the world. and when Jesus said “whatever you for the least of these, you’ve done for me,” I can’t help but associate with this. and yes, Jesus is all about choice…until you decide to follow him. after that he wants you to obey and to love others no matter the cost

    matt

    September 23, 2009 at 2:16 pm

  4. I would say my answer comes down to fiscal responsibility and a smaller government.

    Micah

    November 8, 2009 at 2:18 pm


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