Conservative + Christian = Individual Mandate
Well, y’all are probably pretty sick of us conservative Christian types celebrating the victory handed down to us by the Supreme Court last Thursday, when they upheld the individual mandate in the health care law.
Hold on, you are looking at me with that look – you know, the look you give me when I put the milk in the cupboard and the rice crispies in the refrigerator.
Maybe I should clarify.
You remember back during the Republican Primary debates, when the one guy was asked what he would do if a man without insurance was lying on the street dying, and the guy said that he would let him die, and the crowd hooted and applauded?
Yeah, well, those numbnuts do not represent Christianity. They don’t even represent America.
In this country, we don’t cheer while watching an uninsured man die in the street.
In fact, when we all heard about the woman who lay in an ER waiting room, and died there as hospital workers literally stepped over her body, we were outraged.
And not one of us checked our emotions and said,
“Well, let’s hold on here. Did she have money? ‘Cuz if she didn’t, WOOHOO!”
Nope; the public was outraged and demanded change, in the hopes that no one would lie around an ER and die from neglect.
That’s not just an American thing, it is a Christ thing as well.
Sure, you can dicker on about what Jesus may have thought on cap and trade or bank bail-outs, but he was pretty direct with this one.
In fact, one of his parables was specifically about what you should do if you come across a man dying in the streets without the means to pay for medical treatment.
If you will recall, the hero of that story wasn’t the religious dude, or the judge, or the politician – it was the guy who said, “I don’t care who he is, no one dies in the street on my watch.”
So, being a Christian nation and all, we are not going to be content as long as people who need medical care aren’t getting it, for whatever reason.
The twenty-year old who flips his mountain bike; the forty year old with cancer; the sixty year old with Alzheimer’s – all of ‘em are going to get treated whether they have insurance or not.
Which brings me to the fiscal conservative side to the equation:
I want those folks to get treated, but I don’t think I should have to pay for it.
Don’t get me wrong, for those who can’t pay, yes, I will foot the bill.
Being conservative doesn’t mean I don’t think we need to take care of the poor (we call them the “widow and the orphan”) – I just think we need to be smart about how we take care of them.
Saint Paul said that the fella among us who doesn’t work, doesn’t eat. He wasn’t referring to those that can’t work – the communities were explicitly told to take care of those folk.
It’s the people who could work but chose not to that didn’t get fed by the community.
So the kid, and the middle age dude, and the grandma – they are all going to get health care, and if they can afford it, they all should pay for health care.
Because if we are all paying our way, we’ll have enough left over to take care of those that are not able to pay, and we’ll all be taken care of.
A win for Christians who happen to be conservative.
Just my thoughts,
ps Before you get your knickers in a twist (too late, I am sure) may I point out: The individual mandate was an idea developed by a conservative think-tank as a response to the liberal Hillary-care of President Clinton’s day, and put into the current law as a concession to conservatives.