posted on Sep, 4 2008 @ 08:23 AM
I can't speak for anyone in Georgia (or, for that matter, anyone but myself), but as someone who fits most of the categories you're describing
(Christian? Evangelical? Check...ordained Southern Baptist minister, to be exact. Conservative? Check, though not the frothing sort you seem to be
running into), I'll give this one a shot.
I have real problems with most universal health care proposals out there. I don't think that everyone proposing the idea is socialist or communist, I
simply don't care for the government's track record when it comes to much of anything, particularly health care. I worked as a cost-report analyst
for a nursing home chain for seven and a half years. I was part of a very small team that did all of the federal and state reports for 39 nursing
facilities in four states, which means I got a really good look at the federal program (Medicare) as well as the state programs for Missouri,
Arkansas, Arizona, and Illinois. The system is terribly inefficient, delivers a lot less care than is really needed by the residents, and winds up
costing a ton of money to do it. I simply don't want to see an even bigger application of that same model to the entire health care industry.
Speaking as a taxpayer, I also have to wonder how these universal health care plans will be paid for. I can't afford much more in taxes, and don't
talk about 'corporate taxes'...those just get lumped into "Cost of Doing Business" by the accounting department, and tacked onto the prices I pay.
Now, if a universal plan could be drawn up that was efficient, physician-driven, and came with a detailed plan to finance it, I'd be willing to
consider it...but I'm more likely to see the Easter Bunny.
As for the "effective safety net" and the Sermon on the Mount, I have no problems with a safety net...but I have huge problems with a hammock. I
grew up in a family where my father had a full time job and was a member of the national guard, my mother a full time job, I had a full time and two
part-time jobs, and my grandmother had a housecleaning job. On my way to and from work, I would pass a neighborhood that was Section 8 housing. There,
I would see kids my own age, healthy, doing *nothing*. I would see up-scale cars and SUVs in the driveways, team-logo jackets, and expensive shoes
being owned by the same people who told me on a regular basis that the government needed to do more for the poor. I know that areas like that aren't
the rule, but they do drive home the point that our 'safety net' is out of control. It's no longer just a 'safety net' for the needy, it's
become a lifestyle choice. I don't think that's what Jesus had in mind, and until we can get a handle on abuses of the system, it (like government
health care) doesn't need to be expanded.