Dinesh D’Souza et al: Why Universal Health Care Is Immoral and Real SolutionsBy Cherilyn Bacon Eagar On Nov 15, 2013 1 Comment
On December 14, 2013 I gave a presentation on how to protect ourselves from the hostile government/hospital health care takeover. In the audience were some public health care personnel. They vehemently argued that it was my responsibility to fund universal health care for those who could not afford it. Using the premise of a Christian heart (“Think of the 17 million children without health care”) they wanted to know my solution. There are solutions, but they do not lie in expanded government programs. Here are some videos of charitable arguments and options that we ought to support in our culture.
I asked, “Does government have the moral authority to demand, to compel me to give?” I also stated that this is a war between God and Caesar. The more Caesar takes over, the less effective, the less charitable and the more costly it becomes, and the less impact “God” (or the private, religious, charitable sector) has. In fact, God has been virtually squeezed out of hospital ownership and management as government has become the dominant charitable giver.
I gave the example of how doctors and hospitals are in violation of fraud and abuse laws if they wish to provide charitable services for those on Medicaid or Medicare or who are uninsured or under insured. By so doing, a doctor or non-profit hospital would be discriminating and creating unfairness, and undercutting government programs and defrauding it. I provided some history as well.
Prior to federal intrusion into medical care, all doctors were encouraged and rewarded for their charitable services. My father provided care to many who could not afford it, simply writing it off as a charitable deduction. Today, my own son, now an employee of a large hospital system, cannot even offer to his own mother any charitable service.
I should not be of any great surprise that the solutions to caring for those who cannot care for themselves lie in a restoration of charitable giving in the private sector, not a takeover by the public sector. I lay those solutions out in my presentation which will be available soon to those who are subscribed to this site or who have signed the petition to defund ObamaCare.
Simply put: Charitable care is discouraged in part because the current laws are so complex that it is not worth risking the stiff fines and penalties attached should a doctor/hospital be challenged for having provided reduced or free services.
In addition, according to Texas Medical Association, many doctors are having a difficult time making a profit. Some bring in $59 for every $60 spent. Medicare patients are often cared for at a loss, and that comprises about 35% of a typical family doctor’s practice. So with such upside down margins, how can doctors provide much charity any more?
Meanwhile, starting January 1, 2014, under new Medicaid expansion laws, a family of four can qualify at 133% of poverty level ($23,550) or $31,321. In Utah it is estimated that 138,000 people will be added to the Medicaid roll, via promotional marketing from “navigators” on the state exchange website. The outcome does not look promising if this nation continues to grow government’s role in health care because, as Margaret Thatcher once commented, socialist policy eventually runs out of other people’s money.
I am adding this brilliant six minute slice of a debate between Dinesh D’Souza and atheist Michael Shermer to my healthcare presentation. D’Souza concisely lays out the arguments why universal health care is not a Christian idea, and why it is, in fact, anathema to Christian principles and innately immoral.
Dr. Alieta Eck, past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons speaks about the charitable solution she and her husband have found. Five clinics are thriving in New Jersey now because of their conviction that charity care is not the role of government.
And here is another solution – cash only surgical centers, another AAPS surgeon, Dr. Keith Smith has developed successfully as a model to the rest of the nation.