One hundred fifty years ago, medical care was cheap, because there was little doctors could do. Today, doctors can do quite a lot – and medical care is correspondingly expensive. Recognizing this, every wealthy country on Earth, except America, provides subsidized health care to its citizens. This year’s Prohibition platform calls for single-payer health care to replace the insurance-based system we now have.
Single-payer is not a national health service on the British style. It does not hire medical care directly. Instead, it pays the bills of doctors whom we select. We individual citizens, not the insurance companies and not the government, decide what medical care we need, and then our own chosen doctors, not the insurance companies and not the government, decide which medications and which treatments best suit our needs.
A national single-payer system is estimated to cost no more than does the present system, because: It (1) would have a 3% overhead instead of the 33% overhead of private insurance, and (2) it would negotiate lower drug prices with drug manufacturers (it is well-known that the same medicines are [usually much] cheaper in other countries).
Good citizenship means avoiding both sins of commission and sins of omission. The Book of Common Prayer puts it this way: “We have done those things which we ought not to have done, and we have left undone those things which we ought to have done.” In some situations, a person can make a false move by standing still!
The writer of James (4:17) explains: “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins” (NIV).
Galatians 5:14 puts it this way: “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even this: Thou shalt love they neighbor as thyself” (KJV). I, personally, have had excellent, virtually free medical care all my adult life, because I made a career of the armed forces. Therefore, I as a candidate for President believe it to be a moral imperative that I advocate universal single-payer health care in America – “Medicare for All.”
My friend, Rev. Dr.John Killian has supplied some additional pertinent Biblical references (both KJV):
Proverbs 14:31 – “He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, but he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.”
I John 3:17 – “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”