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May 30, 2009

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curtjester

Well I would make some key points. The uninsured number is questionable especially considering that a large group included would be people who have decided not to get health insurance even though they could afford it. Uninsured does not mean unable to get insurance.

I am not in favor of so-called universal healthcare. As retired military I have healthcare supplied, but it is rationed and every year cuts gut it even more. More than a few times I have paid health care costs out of pocket because of untimely or poor care. If we can't even provide a good healthcare system for our veterans, how can we do it for the whole country?

I don't want to see the Federal government involved because they will syphon off money for healthcare in overhead. Much better if we work at local government and community levels to help those who need care. Or at the most the state level. The money is better spent and it is important that we are personally involved and not just sending another task to the fed and empowering them even more. I think it is our duty to help the poor.

What the fed has done in the area of health insurance is to make it more expensive. They keep requiring companies to cover more and more and just look at how many plans include contraception and abortion. There are plenty of things that need to be repaired and I doubt if they will. I fear it will only get worse if the fed gets involved.

As for the uninsured middle class. Again it is a decision they have made. They have decided to buy other things and made health care a lower priority. The middle class can certainly afford it. People often forget that Nazi Germany had socialized medicine and when they looked to lower costs they created a gas to use to kill off some patients. The same gas later used on the Jewish people.

I just see nothing but danger signs when the government gets involved more heavily. Medicaid costs are way over and nobody will say that the poor are being treated well under it. I have no problem with safety net programs, it is when they grow to cover more and more people I become deeply concerned. As Catholics we should be supporting Catholic hospitals with charity cases.

Teresa

Thanks for posting a comment, Curt Jester. I would certainly agree that Catholics should be supporting Catholic hospitals with charity cases. I wish that Catholic hospitals today had the capacity to provide healthcare to everyone who needs it and cannot afford it, and the ability to provide the best research for medical advancements, but that is not possible. My small donations to UC Med are earmarked for the cancer center, which does some fine research as well as treatment that one would not find from a Catholic hospital or university near here.

I understand your concerns about federal funding of healthcare. However, my own view is that there have been recent problems with privately funded healthcare that have been just as bad or worse, at least if you accept some of the accusations against them now floating through the courts, state governments, and not to mention the editorials and the blogosphere.

As for the calculation of 47 million, I know there is some controversy over it, but I would guess it is actually higher than that since the recession started. CNN actually recently published an article on a study saying 86.7 million Americans were uninsured at some point during a 2-year period. The U.S. Census figure of 45.7 million as of 2007 only included people who had been uninsured for the entire year.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/03/04/uninsured.epidemic.obama/

And I would look to other advanced western nations as a better indication than Nazi Germany of what the outcome of a government health plan would probably be. The U.S. is just about the last developed western nation that does not yet have one. In general, it seems the others have much lower health care costs and, often, higher quality.

There is, of course, the long term risk of involuntary euthanasia and health care rationing that is a justifiable concern. Another concern is the risk that if government-owned medical offices become the norm, it may be more difficult to find a doctor whose services meet Catholic standards. The latter is already a problem, despite the existing laws protecting freedom of conscience. Bishop Murphy's statement was clear that we must have pro-life options and healthcare reform, which would respect the consciences of patients and physicians.

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