Post-Modernism and Health Care

Dr. Edward Tingley makes the point that there is no universal idea of health in his talk: Recognizing Post-Modernism. Here’s a link to this talk at Augustine College, where Dr. Tingley preaches.

He’ll also be speaking at our conference this July.

This point is important. Can you have a free people if the government is determining what health is for every member of the society. First, why would we count on the government to define health correctly? After all, many people in our country believe that health requires a walk with God. Others believe it requires lots of sexual activity.

Our government would not be indifferent to these questions if it created a health care system based on their definition of health. They would either accept, modify, or reject the ideas. But why should they say anything at all about them?

So that more people can have health care, is the postmodern answer. And once again we choose to survive rather than to be free.

Need I say that when you choose health over freedom you deserve neither and will lose both.

Next, why would we count on the government to make sound decisions about the movement of money and our health. We can’t trust the huge insurance companies, and they at least have a profit motive. What motive does an unaccountable agency have to care for people.

Only neighbors love.

Will you be in Dallas to think with us about how to educate a free people?

Health Insurance and Religious Freedom

Patrick Reilly over at the Cardinal Newman Center wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal that shows the threat to religous freedom if we have government run health insurance.

As we reflect on the health insurance crisis, a few points need to be distinguished or observed.

  1. The debate is not over health care directly but over health insurance and who will provide it.
  2. Therefore, the issue centers on who, i.e. what bureaucratic agency that controls the money (because we have so willed it) will make decisions about individual person’s health care.
  3. If we further separate authority from responsibility in our health care “industry,” costs will only continue to go up, most of them hidden, and all of them borne by doctors and patients.
  4. Control over health care decisions is control over everything you do, for there is nothing you do that goes unaffected by or does not affect your health care. As the linked article shows, your religious convictions affect the decisions you will make about the health care you provide. What you eat will add costs to the national health insurance budget. Whether and how you exercise, where and how you work, the music you listen to, everything.
  5. Therefore, if the government convinces all the citizens in the country to pay for the health care of all the other citizens in the country, it will stand in between those citizens, judging for them how that money will be spent and how those decisions will be made. And they will, necessarily, make decisions about what and how people eat, dress, work, worship, love their neighbors, etc.
  6. Only the doctor has been trained to know what is best for the patient, yet, even here, through certification, the government has fouled the nest.
  7. It is not obvious that Obama is trying to turn our health insurance into a government run system, but he is certainly taking steps that move it in that direction. We are already way too far along that path and need to turn around.
  8. There is not the national will or understanding to turn around for one simple reason: we have no desire to reconnect responsibility and authority.Furthermore, we don’t trust the people who ought to bear the authority because of that break. It is the same in education, the military, welfare, etc.
  9. The government alone has the power to legally compel people to follow their priorities. If the government is given authority over health insurance (though they cannot bear the responsibility), then we give them power to legally compel us to follow their prioirities in a manner inconceivable to Henry VIII.
  10. And finally, those who are seeking to establish this government run health insurance system need to remember that bureaucracies, once in place, have no more love for those who established them than for those who resisted them.

If we establish a government run health insurance system, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson will feel certain that all their labors were in vain. And they will be right.

We will have had a republic for a little while, but we will not have been able to keep it.