Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Quote of The Day

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. -- Thomas Jefferson
I could just let the irony of that statement speak for itself, but I think I have to add just a little. Having spent time watching our government in action recently on the Healthcare Debate, and I use the word debate loosely, I have found that the problem really is that the people aren't well informed.

If the people were well informed, then I think more would understand the problems our health care system faces. Rising costs must be contained. The uninsured cause a rise in these costs for everyone involved.

When I was younger, I didn't have healthcare, I worked in a job that didn't provide it, but I didn't need it, I was healthy, I rarely went to the doctor, because the worst thing that happened to me was a cold.
However, when I got older and got a job that had health insurance, I got health insurance, I still very rarely went to the doctor, these are the people we need in our insurance pull.

In the insurance world, the more healthy people in the pool, in other words folks that don't cost as much as sick people, means everyone should have to pay less to cover the medical payments of the sick folks. That is why having mandatory participation is necessary. This is what happens here in Pennsylvania with Car Insurance, everyone is supposed to have Car Insurance, which should lead to lower premiums for everyone.

For those that don't know, the basic idea behind insurance is this, everybody pitches into the pool, then when someone needs money from the pool they are given it to cover their costs. This is interesting because at the lowest level because this is not Capitalism, but Communalism, a shared pool of resources is very similar to the communes of the 60's where everyone in the community shares what they have with everyone else for the benefit of the community.

This what Jesus talks about, when he says in Matthew 25:
 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
 37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
 40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

It is ironic, that the party of God, Family Values and Moral Majority is the one that is against universal health care. I think it shows: "25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” -- Luke 10:25

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