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Health Care Reform Issues Question & Answers

2013 August 10
by Sarah Fields

Paul asks…

Christian clergymen (priests, pastors): Do you feel that the Bible shapes your opinion on health care reform?

I’ve heard (obviously) that Christian ministers and leaders say that their faith informs them on many social issues, such as abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research, etc.

But I was wondering, do you ever feel that you have a faith-based opinion of the health-care reform issues the United States is now debating? Do you ever share your opinions with your congregants, or preach about this topic?

And what do you believe is the Christian position on health care for this nation?

Sarah Fields answers:

I believe providing proper care of health for everyone is a corporal work of mercy, which when practiced toward our neighbor, will aid in determining our final destiny.

Mt 25:34 “Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ’Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ’Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink?’ And the king will answer them, ’Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brethren, you did it to me.’”

However — I’m pretty sure he doesn’t consider euthanasia or abortion “healthcare.” If he made us, in his image, why would he support murder? But still, there lies the problem: I believe Christ would want us provided with the kind of healthcare that glorifies Him (check out Samaritan Ministries), which no state care could do.

Robert asks…

What does health care reform really mean?

I’m in high school and I pay attention to and understand other political issues, but I haven’t really looked into Obama’s health care reform. Every time I try to broaden my understanding of what the bill entails, I get some sort of political slant, whether it be from liberals or conservatives. I just want to know what the bill encompasses. So, my question to you is what does health care reform really mean?
I better prepare for the invasion, then!

Sarah Fields answers:

It means enter into a business contract with a large corporation or else.

George asks…

Why did Democrats vote for Obama if they won’t support Health care reform?

Wasn’t Health care reform his biggest platform issue he ran on just after ending the war in Iraq? Now Democrats in large numbers don’t want it so exactly what “change” are they wanting?

Sarah Fields answers:

Those Democrats who are betraying the party and the country are just corporatist Democrats. They’re Democrats in name only. They’ll see what happens when they go back to their districts and go up against tough primary opponents.

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