Would Jesus be for the public option?

I read the below opinion piece today in The Hill. I’ve also heard others pose similar arguments in an attempt to brand anyone who disagrees with their designs anti-Christian.

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Jesus would support the public option

By Brent Budowsky – 10/05/09 01:46 PM ET

As the president appears to be pushing harder for the public option and Senate Democratic leaders appear to be joining him, here is one vitally important argument on their behalf: Isn’t it fair to suggest that Jesus would support the public option?

Jesus spoke about the need to feed the hungry, clothe the needy, heal the ill, cure the sick and put the needs of the poor ahead of the hunger for money and wealth. Sure sounds more like the public option than premium-gouging and $10 million salaries for insurance-company CEOs. Right?
The late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) said for a generation that healthcare is a moral issue for our times. He was right. There is rapacious greed in the healthcare industry, and most particularly with insurers who have been raising premiums, cutting benefits and throwing hard-hit policymakers to the wolves.

Those running insurance companies have neither the interest nor the desire nor the history of looking out for those in need, or looking out for the hard-pressed middle class.

Those running a public option would have no priority higher than the noble and worthy goals.

I think Jesus would want the poor and middle class taken care of, and not punished by the greed or indifference that plagues the current system.

I believe Jesus would side with the public option, not the insurers.

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First off, I don’t think Jesus would have sided with the demon from the underworld formerly  known to us as Ted Kennedy. 😉

The author misunderstands the role of agency – the defining principle of this life – and Jesus’s understanding of this divine principle.

Ask yourself these questions and try to reconcile your answers with the author’s premise, which is ‘Not allowing a govt-run health care system would un-Christlike” :

Did Jesus overturn the moneychangers’ tables because making money was evil or because the venue was inappropriate?

Why didn’t Jesus heal everyone on the Earth while he was here? He certainly could have.

In my opinion, the author’s premise begs the question in that a government-run system would be a catastrophe, less efficient, more expensive, therefore ‘worse’ for all people and thereby thwarting what he supposes Jesus would want. But let’s set aside this factor of the issue.

Heath care is less a right than so many other things. How about food? How about reading, writing, freedom? So many in the world are without the basics. How about shelter (we dabbled with this and got Fannie, Freddie, and the current crisis we’re in)? We can never have an intellectually honest debate about health care until we can debate whether it is a right or not. Period. I firmly believe it is not! They use this argument to foster a false urgency. But, let’s set that aside, too.

Most importantly, Jesus never taught about government benevolence. Actually, benevolence and government are usually oxymorons. He was here to teach us as individuals. We will not be judged by what actions were taken by the government under which we live has or has not done. We will be judged by what we as individuals do. In addition to waste, inefficiency, lack of innovation, and low quality, having a govt-run system will deprive us of the blessings of service and sacrifice for our fellow man.

I don’t know exactly what Jesus would say about this whole debauchery, but I am confident he would agree that our corrupt and perverted government would not be the most capable of running anything fair, efficient and charitable.

Why wait ’til I’m dead?

I happen to be an organ donor. I know many other people who are as well. I personally don’t have a problem with the thought of someone else benefiting from my eyes, liver, heart, or kidneys if something were to happen to me. I think it’s the right thing to do and I don’t see a reason not to be an organ donor.

However, there are many people who don’t believe in donating their organs, for whatever reason. That’s fine. There are probably some of my own friends and family who aren’t donors. Does this mean they’re bad people because they don’t wish to donate? Do they hate people with health problems or those who have had accidents? Those would be a ridiculous liberal arguments and I absolutely do NOT believe it. We all have our own bodies and have the right to decide what to do with them now and after death. And I respect that, whatever the reason.

What about cremation. I don’t believe in that. Some people do. We can choose for ourselves.

What about flu shots? Medications?

Now, let’s just imagine for just a minute that we live in some crazy parallel universe where governments are out of control and people get rights and privileges mixed up (I know that would never happen, but just humor me for a minute).

Once we give authority to the government to make medical (life/death) decisions, why not require everyone to become organ donors? You don’t need them. You’re dead. It makes sense that someone else still living should benefit. But why stop there?

It’s more efficient to be cremated.

You have 2 kidneys. You only need one.

I have O-neg blood type (red gold). I am the universal donor. Why not require me to donate.

What if you’re overweight?

What if you are disabled?

Why should you be allowed to not get a flu shot and possibly infect others?

Where do you draw the line? Once you succumb to a socialist program, you open the door to bondage. Once you surrender your agency to the government, you will never get it back. In the eyes of the government, you are a #, not an individual. That is contrary to my belief system that we are all individuals who will be accountable for our own individual actions. You, not the government, knows what’s best for you. Not some sweeping govt policy.

This issue, for me, is not as much about health care as it is about agency (even though a government health care program would be devastating to our economy and freedom and would create more problems than it solves). Additionally, I don’t think health care is about health care as much as it is about more control for the govt and dependency on the govt. Any program that takes away my choice (you are naive if you don’t believe a govt health care system would reduce/eliminate choice) or makes the govt bigger, I am against it. I will be responsible, for better or worse, for my decisions. Period.