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I've never really questioned these things before, but I've been debating with a friend recently and am confused. I picked a name no one in my community will know. I'm trying to follow the basic principle WWJD or at least what would he want me to do as my guide. I try to base it on what he said and did and not what people say I should believe.
I'm pretty conservative, as is my family so I didn't want to use my real name in case they find out I'm questioning these things. I'm confused by some of the questions my friend asked about the current Republican vs. Democrat dichotomy. I've always voted Republican and can't see not doing it, but I'm feeling kind of disillusioned by them.
The first issue we argued about that got me confused is health care reform. Would Jesus be for or against? The argument my Dad uses is that our country can't afford it, but my friend asked would Jesus care more about keeping taxes low or taking care of the sick and poor? Is this the wrong way to look at it?
Any thoughts would be appreciated!
God bless you and may you always keep Jesus in your heart.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Health Science Major with a concentration in Health Care Management. I am a Southern Baptist, so with my credentials noted, this is what I know and believe.
Right now the health care in the United States is in bad shape. Here is a basic explaination:
The health care delivery system in comprised of three interdependent modules which are as follows.
1. Doctors, Pharmaceuticals, and Equipment Manufacturers.
2. Insurance Comapanies
3. The Customers (Patients)
The Customer relies on the Insurance companies to coordinate health care with Doctors and etc.
Mainly because one person couldn't afford the total cost of care on their own. So insurance companies collect money form many, to offer services occassionally to some.
Now Doctors, Pharmaceuticals and Equipment manufacturers must make up the money in which they applied to research and production of their products, but because of greed, they have drastically inflated these costs.
Insurance Companies know this and will settle a claim at a lower price in which they know is more practical, but again the Doctors, Insurance companies know this and raise their prices to compensate for this.
This leaves the everyday American responsible for paying premiums to cover these costs.
Ideally, it would be nice to offer all of this at a marginal rate, but in reality won't happen. Raising taxes could solve the problem, but there are unhonest beneficiaries in the system that abuse health care, so passing on the cost to taxpayers is not quite fair. The best answer to this is to give to a non profit. You are helping people who need it, and the non profit wont make money providing services to those in need.
I hope this helps.
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