Tom Coburn on the health care bill


Here’s a statement from Tom Coburn on the passage of the health care bill. Thought I’d post it here because I happen to agree with it:

This vote is indeed historic. This Congress will be remembered for its arrogance, corruption and stupidity. In the year of 2009, a Congress ignored the coming economic storm and impending bankruptcy of our entitlement programs and embarked on an ideological crusade to bring our nation as close to single-payer, government-run health care as possible. If this bill becomes law, future generations will rue this day and I will do everything in my power to work toward its repeal. This bill will ration care, cut Medicare, increase premiums, fund abortion and bury our children in debt.

“This process was not compromise. This process was corruption. This bill passed because votes were bought and sold using the issue of abortion as a bargaining chip. The abortion provision alone makes this bill the most arrogant piece of legislation I have seen in Congress. Only the most condescending politician can believe it is appropriate to force Americans to pay for other people’s abortions and to coerce medical professional to take the lives of unborn children.

“The president and his allies genuinely believe that expanding government’s control over health care is the way to control health care costs, improve lives and extend life spans. I don’t question their motives, but I do question their judgment. History has already judged this argument and put it in its ash heap. The experience of government-run health care in the United States and around the world shows that access to a government program is not access to health care. Forty percent of doctors restrict access to Medicaid patients. Medicare already rations care and denies medical claims at twice the rate of private insurers. Nations like the United Kingdom with government run health care routinely ration care based on cost, and Canadians flock to the United States to escape waiting lines. Neither nation, incidentally, has managed to control costs as promised.

“Our health care system needs to be reformed not because government’s role has been too small but because it has been too big. Since the 1940’s, government’s role in health care has been expanded to the point that it controls 60 percent of our health care economy, according the non-partisan Congressional Research Service. If more government were the answer, health care would have been reformed long ago.

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2 thoughts on “Tom Coburn on the health care bill

  1. I can see why the world does not take Christians seriously; even worse why they see us as hypocrites. I think the new Healthcare Reform is a prime example. The overwhelming majority of the Conservative Christian Right cares only about money and their tax dollars. They could care less whether someone lives or dies. The world sees this, and than we wonder why people are turned off by the Gospel and Jesus.

    God knows what’s in your heart; you can not fool Him. He knows it’s all about money. No wonder it is said “Money is the root of all evil”. Unfortunately, many of God’s own children are reined by their greed and lust for money. I can not imagine the sorrow Jesus must feel, knowing the ugliness that lies in the hearts of the Body of Christ. Make no mistake – one day you and I will be held accountable.

    1. Keep in mind that the passage actually says that the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. I put that distinction there because there are some Christians who are extremely wealthy, but use their wealth to help others. The world needs rich Christians (and poor Christians, and everything in between), so it’s difficult to say that money itself is the root of all evil when it can be used for good. Rather, it is the love of money that is the root of all evil.

      Secondly, Christians should stand against nationalized healthcare because it limits the liberty of the individual. I would argue that under liberty, individuals are allowed to live more freely in the image of God. Thus, when liberty is restricted, it is a death of the soul. The body may be healthy, but the soul slowly dies. At some point, it is better to die than to live under government control.

      So standing against nationalized healthcare, for many, wasn’t a matter of dollars, but a matter of individual liberty (at least it was for me). However, the solution isn’t to simply say “no” and leave it there. As individuals we need to take care of the needs of those who can’t afford healthcare. So the response to the problem, as a Christian, isn’t to make government the solution, but rather to become the solution ourselves.

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